1. Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh critically ill; PM Narendra Modi, Nirmala Sitharaman visit hospital

Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh critically ill; PM Narendra Modi, Nirmala Sitharaman visit hospital

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh who is critically ill in a hospital on Saturday afternoon.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2017 6:35 PM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh who is critically ill in a hospital on Saturday afternoon, according to a report by PTI. The 98-year-old Arjan Singh is famous for his role in the 1965 India-Pakistan war. He has been hospitalised and his condition is stated to be critical. He was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral hospital this morning. “His condition is critical,” an official source was quoted as saying by PTI. He was reportedly admitted to the hospital after he complained of uneasiness.

Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the IAF chief BS Dhanoa also visited the hospital. One of the greatest warriors of Indian Air Force’s history, Singh had led a young IAF into war in 1965 when he was hardly 44 years of age. Singh had led the Indian Air Force in 1965 when Pakistan had launched its Operation Grand Slam with an armoured thrust targeted at the vital town of Akhnoor.

After coming out of the hospital, the Defence minister told reporters that she had received messages that Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh was suspected to have had a massive heart attack in morning and was brought to the hospital. Prime Minister Modi too took to Twitter and said that he is praying for the speedy recovery of Arjan Singh.

Known for his courage, determination and professional skill, Arjan Singh inspired the Indian Air Force to a big victory, despite the constraints imposed on a full-scale use of air force combat power. For his service, Singh was promoted to five-star rank, equal to a Field Marshal, making him the only officer of the Indian Air Force till date to receive the honour.

He also served as the chief of the Air Staff (CAS) from August 1, 1964 to July 15, 1969, and was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1965. Singh took a retirement from service in 1970 at the age of 50. The government of India later appointed him as the Indian Ambassador to Switzerland in 1971. After that, he also served as the Ambassador to the Vatican.

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