1. Who was Arjan Singh, the Indian war hero, Marshal of the Air Force, who heaped humiliation on Pakistan during 1965 India-Pak war

Who was Arjan Singh, the Indian war hero, Marshal of the Air Force, who heaped humiliation on Pakistan during 1965 India-Pak war

The Indian hero who made a big name for himself in a war situation against Pakistan, Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh died today. He was 98.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2017 10:20 PM
indian air force, indian air force officer, IAF marshal, Marshal Arjan Singh, Arjan singh, arjan singh dies The Indian hero who made a big name for himself in a war situation against Pakistan, Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh died today. He was 98. (Twitter/Indian Air Force)

The Indian hero who made a big name for himself in a war situation against Pakistan, Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh died today. He was 98. He emerged as an icon of India’s military history as he had successfully led a young IAF during the 1965 India-Pakistan war to ensure a humiliating defeat for the enemy. The nation has accorded him honour and he became the only officer to attain the highest post of Marshal, the Air Force equivalent to the Army’s five star field marshal. Not just a brilliant pilot, Arjan Singh was also fearless in all situations. To his credit also goes the fact that he has flown over 60 types of aircraft. His amazing contributions ensured that IAF turned into one of the foremost air forces in the world. Former Vice Chief of IAF Kapil Kak paid tribute by saying, “His contribution to the Indian Air Force is monumental to the least. The IAF grew with him. He was epitome of military leadership in classical sense and it is, therefore, not surprising that he was honoured with the rank of Air Force Marshal,” former Vice Chief of IAF Kapil Kak said. He was speaking to PTI.

Indian Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh, who was a Padma Vibushan awardee, died at the age of 98 after suffering a cardiac arrest. Arjan Singh was promoted to the five-star rank of the Indian Air Force in 2002. Singh served as the Chief of Air Staff from 1964 to 1969. He died at the Army Hospital Research And Referral in New Delhi today.

In his reaction on Twitter, PM Narendra Modi paid his last respect by posting this message: Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh’s determined focus on capacity building in the IAF added great strength to our defence capabilities.

President Ram Nath Kovind also took to Twitter and said: Sad at demise of a great air warrior & Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh. Condolences to his family & IAF community 1/2

The Marshal was born in Lyalpur, which is now Faislabad in Pakistan, on April 15, 1919. He received a major part of his education at Montgomery, which is now Sahiwal in Pakistan. He had joined the RAF College, Cranwell in 1938 and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in December the following year. According to PTI, Singh’s father, grandfather and great grandfather had all served in the cavalry.

indian air force, indian air force officer, IAF marshal, Marshal Arjan Singh, Arjan singh, arjan singh dies Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, famous for his role in the the 1965 India- Pakistan war, has been hospitalised and his condition is stated to be critical. (PTI)

Arjan Singh was promoted to the five-star rank of the Indian Air Force on January 26, 2002, reported PTI. Apart from Singh, Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw and K M Cariappa were the only other two officers to have received the rank of a Marshal. During the 1965 war, Singh led the IAF and gave the Pakistani Air Force, which was well equipped with support from America, a tough fight denying them success. Quoting the Vice Chief of IAF Kapil Kak, PTI reported, “His most outstanding contribution was during that war.”

Arjan Singh was admitted to hospital today and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman went there to find out about his condition.

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