‘Life and times of George Fernandes’ biography authored by Dr Rahul Ramagundam will be released in Mangalore on 26 August, 2022. The book will be released by Bishop Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore at Sanidhya hall, Administrative Block of St Aloysius College Mangalore at 3 pm. Rahul Ramagundam- Author of the book, Michael Fernandes- trade Unionist and brother of George Fernandes, Fr Melwyn Joseph Pinto SJ- Rector St Aloysius College Mangalore, Rev Dr Praveen Martis SJ- Principal St Aloysius College, will be guests of honour.
About George Fernandes
Trade unionist and politician George Fernandes (1930-2019) led an eventful life marked by struggles, victories and scandals. Rahul Ramagundam’s book ‘The Life and Times of George Fernandes’ is based on 12 years of research, offers a deep dive into who he was. George Fernandes was a native of Mangalore, born in Bejai in Mangalore city. His initial schooling was in Mangalore, before starting life as a trade unionist in Mumbai and starting his political career from the grassroot level. His gradual struggles took him to post of Defence Minister of India. He is one of the most admired statesmen and parliamentarian of India.
About the Author
Prof Rahul Ramagundam, a historian and a professor at Jamia Millia Islamia University, who has a PhD in modern Indian history from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His earlier books include a study of khadi as a political metaphor, and histories of Adivasi land rights movements as well as the politics of inclusion.
This biography “The life and times of George Fernandes took almost 12 years to complete. For this book, Ramagundam accessed a wide variety of archives and sources. One of the primary archives he consulted is Fernandes’ personal papers, which chronicle his decades-long political life. He also interviewed hundreds of people – Fernandes’ comrades and competitors, family, and friends – who have provided a varied texture to the portrait of this complicated personality.
The following were present at the press meet:
Dr (Fr) Praveen Martis SJ, Principal, St Aloysius College Mangalore, Colin D Silva, Convenor of the programme, Dr Mona Mendonsa, Associate Professor, St Aloysius College, William Pais, Convenor of the programme