The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the United Services Institution of India (USI) recently collaborated to host the inaugural Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh Annual Lecture at USI, Shankar Vihar. This significant event serves as a tribute to the exemplary life and achievements of Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh.
Inaugural Lecture by Former Chief of the Air Staff
- The first Arjan Singh Annual Lecture witnessed the participation of esteemed personalities, including former Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM (Retd).
- The lecture, delivered by Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria, marked the beginning of an annual tradition that aims to inspire and educate the audience about the dedication, vision, and leadership exemplified by Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh.
Remembering a War Hero: Arjan Singh’s Early Life and Military Career
- Born on April 15, 1919, in Lyalpur (now Faisalabad) in present-day Pakistan, Arjan Singh joined RAF Cranwell in 1938.
- His outstanding leadership and exceptional courage during the Burma Campaign in World War II earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in 1944.
- This marked the beginning of a storied military career that would leave an indelible mark on the history of the Indian Air Force.
Chief of the Air Staff and Victory in the 1965 Indo-Pak War
- On August 1, 1964, Arjan Singh assumed the role of Chief of the Air Staff as an Air Marshal, demonstrating his ascent to a key leadership position. His pivotal leadership was instrumental in the Indian Air Force’s victory in the 1965 Indo-Pak War, showcasing his strategic acumen.
- Recognizing the Air Force’s contributions, the rank of Chief of the Air Staff was elevated to Air Chief Marshal, making Arjan Singh the inaugural holder of this rank. He was additionally bestowed with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan for outstanding contributions during the war.
A Remarkable Career Beyond the Air Force
- Post-retirement in 1969, Arjan Singh served in diverse roles, such as India’s Ambassador to Switzerland and High Commissioner to Kenya.
- His commitment to public service extended beyond his military career, evident in roles like Chairman of IIT Delhi and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.
The Five-Star Legacy: Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh
- On January 2002, Arjan Singh was honored with the rare rank of Marshal of the Air Force by the Government of India.
- For 15 years until 2017, he held the unique five-star rank, being the sole officer in the Indian Air Force with this distinction.
- The Arjan Singh Annual Lecture pays homage to his legendary legacy, seeking to inspire present and future generations with his exemplary dedication, vision, and
Inspiring Future Generations: A Continuing Tradition
- The IAF’s commitment to conducting the Arjan Singh Annual Lecture on an annual basis underscores its desire to inspire service personnel and citizens alike.
- By sharing the remarkable life story of Marshal Arjan Singh, the lecture series aims to instill a sense of dedication and leadership among the audience, encouraging them to follow in the footsteps of this iconic figure.
- Through this annual tradition, the IAF and USI seek to honor the legacy of Arjan Singh and ensure that his contributions to the nation are never forgotten.
- The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the United Services Institution of India (USI) collaborated for the inaugural Arjan Singh Annual Lecture at USI, Shankar Vihar.
- The lecture series serves as a tribute to the exceptional life and achievements of Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh.
- Former Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, delivered the first lecture at the event.
- Arjan Singh, born in 1919, played a crucial role in the Burma Campaign of World War II and later led the IAF to victory in the 1965 Indo-Pak War.
- The annual lecture aims to inspire current and future generations by commemorating Arjan Singh’s dedication, vision, and leadership.