Indian Air Force Legend Marshal Arjan Singh Cremated With Full State Honours

After Field Marshal Manekshaw, he was the only five-star ranked officer in the country.

NEW DELHI: Marshal of the Air Force, Arjan Singh, who passed away at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital on Saturday, was laid to rest with full state honours at Delhi’s Brar Square where his last rites were performed on Monday.

As a mark of respect to the departed son of the ‘Mother India’, the national flag will fly at half-mast in all government buildings in Delhi.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the chiefs of the Air Force, the Army and the Navy paid tributes at the last rites ceremony.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Army chief Dalbir Singh and BJP leader LK Advani also paid their last respects.

Arjan Singh, the hero of the 1965 India-Pakistan war and the only Air Force officer to be promoted to five-star rank, died at the age of 98.

The 98-year-old war hero died of a cardiac arrest on Saturday. The national flag is being flown at half-mast at all government buildings in Delhi today in tribute to the only five-star rank Air Force officer, equivalent to a Field Marshal in the army.

During the Second World War, Arjan Singh commanded the 1 Squadron of the Air Force as they fought on the Burma front. For his bravery and leadership, Arjan Singh was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross by the British.

After his retirement, Arjan Singh was appointed as India’s ambassador to Switzerland and the Vatican and then the High Commissioner to Kenya. He was Delhi’s Lt Governor between 1989 and 1990.

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