George Fernandes, the Giant Killer: Remembering the “Explosive” Life of the Former Defence Minister

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George Fernandes, the Giant Killer: Remembering the “Explosive” Life of the Former Defence Minister

Illustration: Arati Gujar

T

ime has a habit of dissolving details. Our minds hold on to only those most prominent happenings of the past and the how, why, and who of each are allowed to slip and be mostly forgotten. But when we allow ourselves the luxury of delving deeper, certain names crop up more often than others, telling us that their part in all of it was perhaps what moulded those events into their final shape. When examining the political milestones of India over the last half-century, George Fernandes’ name jumps out in such a manner.

I will admit, like most of us might, that hearing of his demise did not send me down any paths of nostalgia. After all, it has been a while since he was active in politics. But a cursory review of his political career made me wonder why his life had not been made into a film yet.

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