The Life and Times of George Fernandes (HB)


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Author: Rahul Ramagundam

9780670092888 | HB | pp. 624 | 2022 | Penguin Random House

The Life and Times of George Fernandes by Rahul Ramagundam chronicles the story of George Fernandes who had the consuming desire to defeat the Congress.

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Since the time he left his coastal town of Mangalore and came to Bombay (now, Mumbai), more than seven decades ago, George Fernandes’s was a life lived with passion, but more importantly, of struggle against all odds. From those early years of fighting for the rights of dock and municipal workers of Bombay to this last decade as a bed-ridden, afflicted with Alzheimer’s, but keenly watchful of his own slow bodily degeneration, his fights were
always persistent and single-handed.

Chronicling the story of George, who rose from the streets of Bombay to straddle the power corridor, The Life and Times of George Fernandes: Many Peaks of a Political Life opens a window to the life of George Fernandes and traces the course of the Socialist Party in India from its inception in 1930s to its dissolution into the Janata Party in the late nineteen-seventies. With nineteen-eighty as the dividing line, the book explores India’s post-independence politics. It focuses particularly on a trail of opposition parties that worked to displace the long-ruling Congress Party from its pre-eminent position.

Thought provoking, comprehensive and absolutely unputdownable, this first definitive biography of George Fernandes is a tour de force.


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About the Author

The author was born into a family of freedom fighters in Bihar. His first influences were his grandparents from both sides. He was educated in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and then undivided Andhra Pradesh, and received his doctoral degree in modern Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). While at JNU, he was simultaneously associated with a grassroots movement in the united Madhya Pradesh for many years. Presently, he teaches at a Delhi based university and wages a fierce everyday struggle to read, research and write. His many books include Gandhi's Khadi (2008) and Including the Socially Excluded (2017).


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