Arjan Singh, IAF Marshal, critically ill; PM Modi, Nirmala Sitharaman visit him in hospital

Arjan Singh is the only five star general of the Air Force who was awarded the lifetime rank in 2002. Following his retirement, Singh served as an ambassador to Switzerland in 1971, concurrently serving as the ambassador to Vatican as well.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2017 8:32 pm
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Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh is admitted to the Army Hospital, Research and Referral in New Delhi on Saturday after he suffered a cardiac arrest earlier in the day, the Defence Ministry said. The five-star general of the Air Force was rushed to the hospital in the wee hours of Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman visited the hospital and inquired about his condition. Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa was also present.

Arjan Singh is the only five-star general of the Air Force who was awarded the lifetime rank in 2002. The 98-year-old officer was commissioned into the IAF in 1938 and served as the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) from August 1, 1964 to July 15, 1969. He was promoted to the rank of the Marshal of Air Force in recognition to his contribution to the Air Force in the 1965 war with Pakistan. Known to be the officer who has flown over 60 aircraft throughout his service, he remained a flyer until the end of his illustrious career.

Following his retirement, Singh served as an ambassador to Switzerland in 1971, concurrently serving as the ambassador to Vatican as well.

The Prime Minister who also met Arjan Singh’s family members in the hospital tweeted, “We are all praying for the speedy recovery of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh. Doctors are doing their best.”

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  1. Srinivasan N. Iyer
    Sep 16, 2017 at 8:53 pm
    He belonged to the very select league of legends from the Services who were honoured with a 5 star. Such legends are few and rare and the country should honour them unreservedly. Politicians please try and emulate and work selflessly for the country and not just narrow party interests or self promotion
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      sunny
      Sep 16, 2017 at 8:30 pm
      Our PM action is superb, our soldiers needs such recognation/ respect
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        rafiq gandi
        Sep 16, 2017 at 8:27 pm
        RAHUL GANDU visits only whe terrorists islamic muslims get killed for vote bank only. jai bjp s
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          George Cruz
          Sep 16, 2017 at 8:37 pm
          Exactly. Rahul Gandhi has turned anti-national by conspiring with China/Pak during his foreign visits to bring down the development oriented BJP and to destabilize India.
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        2. Krishna Kant Singh
          Sep 16, 2017 at 6:56 pm
          RIP Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh. He remained neutral as far as the demand of soldiers are concerned, which is OROP and today is 825th day at JM, where soldiers, their families, widows are protesting!
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            bitterhoney
            Sep 16, 2017 at 6:20 pm
            India salutes this great soldier. Hope he gets well soon.
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