Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh passes away: India pays tribute to five-star officer on Twitter

Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force, passed away on Saturday after suffering a massive cardiac arrest. Singh was admitted at the Research and Referral Hospital, New Delhi. Ninety-eight-year-old Singh was the only five-star air force officer.

The military veteran was admitted to hospital following a cardiac attack on Saturday morning, as per a press release by the Press Information Bureau. As news spread of Singh's demise, several leaders took to Twitter to share their tributes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Singh's service to the nation:

The Indian prime minister also commented on Singh's discipline. "Sometime back I met him, who despite his ill health tried to get up to salute even though I said no. Such was his soldier discipline," Modi tweeted, adding that his thoughts are with Singh's family:

Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh put out two tweets conveying his condolences, stating that the tales of Singh's courage will remain immortal.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said Singh was one of the greatest soldiers.

President Ram Nath Kovind was deeply saddened at the loss:

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis called Singh a great leader. He said: "Maharashtra salutes and pays tributes to the great inspiration and a great leader, Marshal of the Indian Air Force." The Indian Air Force said it was a significant loss both for the nation and for the security forces.

Several leaders including BJP president Amit Shah, information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani, sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and Minister of State for External Affairs, Vijay Kumar Singh, sent out condolences to Singh's loved ones and lauded the Air Force Marshal's contribution to the nation:

 

 

India Today's editor and anchor, Shiv Aroor, tweeted Singh's life in numbers:


Published Date: Sep 16, 2017 10:42 pm | Updated Date: Sep 17, 2017 11:36 am