Remembering him as a leader with a humane approach, Air Chief Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis (Retd) who served as the Chief of Air Staff (COAS) from 1999 to 2001, said, “He was a man of great integrity and a leader who led by deeds and not mere words."
A state funeral shall be accorded to Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh and the national flag will fly at half-mast on all government buildings on Monday in the memory and honour of the deceased Air Force Marshal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid rich tributes to Marshal Arjan Singh, "India mourns the unfortunate demise of Indian Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh. We remember his outstanding service to the nation," he wrote on Twitter.
Arjan Singh, who led the IAF during the India-Pakistan war in 1965, is considered an icon and a war hero. “India mourns the unfortunate demise of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh," said PM Modi.
Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh died on Saturday evening at the age of 98, after he was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in the capital following a cardiac arrest. The only Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Singh was regarded as a hero of the 1965 war.
After retiring in 1970 as the Chief of Air Staff, Marshal Arjan Singh continued his service to the nation. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his contributions in the 1965 Indo-Pak war, followed by the honorary Five Star rank of Marshal of the IAF in 2002.
The mortal remains of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh were taken to Brar Square in New Delhi in a gun carriage for his last rites ceremony on Monday. He was accorded a state funeral in the morning, along with a fly past by IAF jets over the capital.