Nation bids teary farewell to Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh

Vastavam web: The nation today bade a teary farewell to the Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh as the legendary warrior was laid to rest with full state honours including a fly past by fighter jets here.Singh’s body was consigned to flames amid chanting of hymns at the Brar Square in Delhi Cantonment in the presence of several senior political leaders and top brass of the Indian Military.The missing man formation is an aerial manoeuvre to show respect to a departed military leader.
The national flag flew at half-mast at all government buildings in the national capital in the honour of the iconic hero of the 1965 India-Pakistan war, who was the only IAF officer to be promoted to five-star rank.Earlier, Singh’s body, wrapped in a flag, was taken to the Brar Square crematorium from his residence on a gun carriage.A lot of people including Sitharaman were seen getting emotional when Singh’s body was consigned to the flames.
One of the finest soldiers of India, Singh, who had led an young Indian Air Force during the 1965 India-Pakistan war, died on Saturday following a cardiac arrest at the age of 98.President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Singh’s residence yesterday and paid glowing tributes to the war hero.
Singh, the only officer to attain the highest post of Marshal of the Air Force, a rank equivalent to the Army’s five star field marshal, was a fearless and exceptional pilot who played a major role in transforming the IAF into one of the most potent air forces globally and the fourth biggest in the world.Known as a man of few words, Singh was a fearless pilot and had profound knowledge about air power and applied it in a wide spectrum of areas.