Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 88. Fernandes was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for a long time. He had served as the defence minister in the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee between 1998 and 2004. His last stint as a parliamentarian was as a Rajya Sabha MP between August 2009 and July 2010. PM Narendra Modi condoled the death saying that Fernandes represented the best of India’s political leadership.