1. When PM Modi met Arjan Singh in his last days, he proved why Indian Air Force is one of the best

When PM Modi met Arjan Singh in his last days, he proved why Indian Air Force is one of the best

Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force, passed away at the age of 98 in New Delhi today.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 17, 2017 12:07 AM
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Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force, passed away at the age of 98 in New Delhi today. A war hero, Singh was an inspiration to the entire country. No wonder when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met him recently in his last days, the late hero showed why men like him have made the Indian Air Force one of best in the world.

Legends are not born in a day. They are made through lifelong unwavering discipline and commitment. Singh was one such living legend. Soon after the news of his sad demise came out, PM Modi took to Twitter to share how Singh had reacted when he met the latter recently. “Sometime back I met him (Singh), who despite his ill health tried to get up to salute even though I said no. Such was his soldier discipline,” PM Modi tweeted.

Modi further said, “Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh’s determined focus on capacity building in the IAF added great strength to our defence capabilities. India will never forget the excellent leadership of Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh in 1965, when the IAF saw substantial action.”

With his courage, determination and professional skills, Arjan Singh had inspired the young Indian Air Force to a big victory against Pakistan in 1965 war. His commitment and discipline continues to inspire the Indian Air Force as it works hard to become one of the best in the world. For his outstanding service to the nation, the entire country is mourning his unfortunate demise.

President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, “Sad at demise of a great air warrior & Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh. Condolences to his family & IAF community. Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh was a WW II hero & won our nation’s gratitude for his military leadership in 1965 war.”

Arjan Singh was the first Air Chief Marshal of the Indian Air Force who was upgraded to the position of Air Chief Marshal from the rank of Chief of the Air Staff in recognition of his contribution in the 1965 war. After years of dedicated service, Singh had retired from services in 1970 at the age of 50. A year later, he was appointed as the Indian Ambassador to Switzerland. He concurrently served as the Ambassador to the Vatican.

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