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Son of Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh remembers him as 'humble,' 'philanthropist'

News Agencies | Updated on: 18 September 2017, 16:01 IST

The son of Marshal of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Arjan Singh, Arvind Singh, on 18 September said that his father was a philantropist and that he treated the world fairly, even as a state funeral was accorded to the departed earlier in the day in the national capital.

"My father was a great man, but he never acted like one. He was always humble and I always followed what he said," Arvind Singh told ANI.

He added, "He was a philanthropist and treated the world fairly. We are extremely proud of him,"

Earlier on 18 September, a fly-past of Sukhoi-30 fighters and a 17-gun salute for Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh were held at his last rites ceremony at Delhi's Brar Square.

The national flag was flown at half-mast at all government buildings in Delhi today as a mark of tribute to Arjan Singh.

Arjan Singh's body, wrapped in the flag, was taken from his home to the Delhi Cantonment in a gun carriage at the funeral site.

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

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former Army chief Dalbir Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani also paid their last respects.

IAF Chief B.S. Dhanoa and Chief of Naval staff Sunil Lanba also paid tribute to the war hero.

The whole nation mourned the death of India's pride, who breathed his last on Saturday.

He was admitted to Army's Research and Referral hospital on Saturday morning after he suffered a cardiac arrest. 


First published: 18 September 2017, 16:01 IST