Arjan Singh's life was dedicated to Mother India, says PM Narendra Modi

Faith Castro
September 18, 2017

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the death of Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh who breathed his last on Saturday.

The three service chiefs - Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat - as well as Minister of State Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Puri were also present. Wishing a speedy recovery to Singh, PM Modi tweeted, "We are all praying for the speedy recovery of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh".

"He served the nation with distinction and was the first and only officer of the IAF who was honoured with the five-star rank as Marshal of the Air Force", he added. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour, in 1965.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar also expressed grief over Singh's demise.

The President and the Defence Minister's visit was preceded by the respected Chiefs of the Army, Air Force and the Navy.

Marshall of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh's condition is very critical. After a year, he was commissioned from England's Royal Air Force College Cranwell.

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Interestingly, the man, who rose to be the first Marshal of the air force, nearly got himself court-martialled in 1945 during World War II, reports IANS.

Singh, an icon of India's military history, will always be remembered as a war hero who had successfully led a young IAF during the 1965 Indo-Pak war.

Interestingly, Singh won his first distinguished medal by leading a squadron against the Japanese in Myanmar's Arakan province. He retired from the service in 1970 at the age of 50.

After his retirement in 1969, he was appointed ambassador to Switzerland.

Arjan Singh commanded the Operational Group responsible for all air operations in India from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari when India became a Republic in 1950.

Joginder Singh strikes a jubillant pose after galanding Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh at the Baisakhi Di Raat.

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