Arjan Singh , Marshal of Indian Air Force dies at the age of 98

Arjan Singh , Marshal of Indian Air Force died at 98 .Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh ,the only officer of the Air force to be promoted to five star rank has died at 98 . He was admitted to the army’s research and referral hospital in Delhi after he suffered a cardiac arrest .

Arjan Singh had led a young Air force into the war of 1965 at the age of 44 years .

He born on 16 April 1919 at Lyallpur Punjab British India ( now Faislabad , Pakistan ). In 1938 he joined British allegiance till 1947 and then served in Indian Air Force from 1947 till his retirement.  Then from 1987 to 1990 he also served as Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.

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In 2002 , he become the 1st and the only officer of Indian Air Force to be promoted five star rank as Marshal of the Indian Air Force.

He was also one of the  leading officer in world war 2nd and Indo – Pakistani war 1965 . He was awarded Padma Vibhushan , General Service medal 1947 , Barma war medal 1939-1945 and many more.

In 1971 ( after his retirement ) he was appointed as the Indian ambassador to Switzerland and Vatican . He was also appointed as High commissioner to Kenya in 1974 and later remained as a member of National Commission for minorities and The Government Of India from 1975 to 1981 . He was the Lt. Governor of Delhi from dec. 1989 to dec. 1990.

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On  26th January 2002 , he was awarded as Marshal of Indian Air Force. On 14th April 2016, the Chief of Air staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha announced that Indian Air Force base at Panagarhin West Bengal will be named after MIAF Arjan Singh in honor of his services and from then onwards it is called as Air Force Station Arjan Singh .

Arjan Singh was  one of the most popular and leading face of air force and Indian politics too . He will always alive in the hearts of Indian even he is no more .

 

By:

Toshi Tiwari

Indore Institute of Law