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George Fernandes: Life in Pictures

Veteran socialist George Fernandes, who was the defence minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, passed away on Jan 29 following a prolonged illness. He was 88. He was India's defence minister in the NDA government headed by Vajpayee when India fought the Kargil war in 1999. It was during his tenure that India conducted nuclear test at Pokhran in 1998.

January 29, 2019

In this Dec 30, 2004 file photo the then JD (U) President George Fernandes briefs the media after visiting the Tsunami affected areas, in New Delhi.

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In this Nov 18, 2001 file photo the then defence minister George Fernandes takes a view through a heavy machine gun, seized from the Pakistan army in Kargil. Veteran socialist George Fernandes, who was the defence minister in the NDA government headed by the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, passed away Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019, following a prolonged illness. Fernandes was 88.

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In this Aug 1, 2003 file photo the then defence minister George Fernandes is seen inside the cockpit of an MiG-21 after completing a sortie, at Ambala Air Force Station.

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In this Nov 18, 2001 file photo the then defence minister George Fernandes interacts with the jawans at Gulab outpost during his visit to Siachen.

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File photo of Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passed away at the age of 88, in New Delhi on Tuesday morning, Jan 29, 2019.

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File photo of Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passed away at the age of 88, in New Delhi on Tuesday morning, Jan 29, 2019.

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George Fernandes was jailed during the 1975 Emergency

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File photo, Defence mininster George Fernandes with Vajpayee and Kalam at the Pokhran Test site, ’98

In this file photo, Vajpayee, centre, George Fernandes, L.K. Advani and other NDA alliance leaders in ’03.

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In this file photo, George Fernandes, L.K. Advani, Vajpayee and other NDA alliance leaders in ’03.

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In this file photo, George Fernandes with Sharad Pawar in 1982, after the mill strike. Chhagan Bhujbal is garlanding them.

File photo of George Fernandes with Bal Thackeray

File photo of JD(U) founder and Independent candidate from Muzaffarpur Lok Sabha seat, George Fernandes showing his election symbol ‘bakset’ during a press meet in Patna.

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In this file photo, Defense Minister George Fernandes, presides over the Naval Senior Officers conference as Naval Chief, Admiral Sushil Kumar, looks on in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, Defense Minister George Fernandes speaks to the press at the Foreign Correspondents Club in New Delhi. Fernandes said there will be no de-escalation of India's troop mobilization on its frontier with Pakistan until cross-border terrorism stops.

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In this file photo, Defense Minister George Fernandes on his way to appear before the Venkataswami Commission in New Delhi. Fernandes is allegedly involved in a Defense procurement scam revealed by Tehelka.com. The opposition has demanded George's resignation for his alleged involvement.

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In this file photo, Defence Minister George Fernandes visits an injured child in a military hospital in Jammu on May 18, 2002. Yesterday’s attack that claimed 34 lives was the deadliest in the Himalayan region since October 2001.

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In this file photo, An Air Force personnel fits the flight helmet on Defense Minister George Fernandes at the Ambala Air Force Base. Attempting to allay fears over frequent Mig crashes, Fernandes, 73, flew in one of Mig-21 jets at a height of 5,000 meter for 25 minutes.

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In this file photo, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, George Fernandes and Mamata Banerjee look on during a meeting of the NDA in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, Defence Minister George Fernandes speaks to the press as he steps down from a train on his arrival at Patna on Jan 14, 2004. Fernandes suffered minor injuries in the head and legs when his vehicle crashed into a stationary truck near Nagarnausa in Bihar's Nalanda district due to thick fog.

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In this file photo, JD (U) leader and NDA Convenor George Fernandes and BJP President L.K Advani at a BJP's "Bihar Bachao' rally in Patna.

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File photo of NDA convener and former Defence Minister George Fernandes speaks during a demonstration in New Delhi. The demonstration was against the ruling United Progressive Alliance government's allegations that they have found irregularities in purchasing of arms during and after the Kargil war.

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In this file photo, Former defense minister George Fernandes receives a wooden plaque from the Dalai Lama during a function organized to felicitate him in Bangalore.

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