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George Fernandes: Diehard socialist and a complex bundle of contradictions

It is a cliche but some cliches bear repetition. With the death of George Fernandes, an era has come to an end

George Fernandes
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JD (U) President George Fernandes briefs the media after visiting the Tsunami affected areas, in New Delhi

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Socialist, trade unionist, and bitter critic of the Congress, Fernandes was, to those who didn’t know him, a complex bundle of complex contradictions. He began life in Mangalore in a – relatively – middle-class Catholic family, and if life had led him where it wanted him to go, he would have become a priest. But being George Fernandes, he fought traditional trajectories. He got associated with the Socialist movement which itself was going through a trauma. Stalin’s excesses and the resistance in Poland and Czechoslovakia had fired the Socialist imagination – Fernandes’s too. At home, India’s resounding defeat in the

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First Published: Jan 29 2019 | 3:25 PM IST

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