War hero, Arjan Singh, dies at 98.

Arjan Singh, a war hero and Marshal of the Indian Air Force, has died at 98. He was admitted to Army’s Research and Referral hospital in Delhi after he had a cardiac arrest on Saturday morning. He was in a critical condition when he was admitted.

Arjan Singh was the only officer in the Indian Air Force who was promoted to a five-star rank. He became famous after he led the Air Force in the India-Pakistan war of 1965 at the age of hardly 44. He severed as the IAF chief from 1964 to 1969. In January 2002, he was elevated to the rank of the Marshal of IAF.

He was visited by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in the R&R hospital. After the news of Singh’s death, the Prime Minister tweeted, “India will never forget the excellent leadership of Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh in 1965 when the IAF saw substantial action.” According to a report of NDTV, he was also visited by Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the three services chief along with the Prime Minister earlier today.

Singh had served as India’s ambassador to Switzerland, Vatican and Kenya. He was also appointed as the Lt. Governor of Delhi in 1989.

 

Sources: TOI, Indian Express

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