Economy Fernandes rose above identity divide to leave an indelible mark on national politics Updated : January 29, 2019 12:30 PM IST Born in Mangalore in a Christian family in 1930, he was a staunch anti-Congress leader. Fernandes entered the electoral politics with a bang after he, as the Samyukta Socialist Party candidate, defeated seasoned Congress leader SK Patila in Bombay South constituency in 1967. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.