Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh, 98, passed away at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital on Saturday evening, within hours of being admitted there following a cardiac arrest.
Meanwhile, a huge confusion has prevailed over the time of the Marashal’s death, particularly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet with photos of meeting him.
PM Modi’s tweet implied that when he met the Marshal, he was alive. Modi wrote, “Went to R&R Hospital to see Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who is critically ill. I also met his family members.”
Went to R&R Hospital to see Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who is critically ill. I also met his family members.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 16, 2017
On 16 September at about 4.30 PM former BJP MP, Tarun Vijay, tweeted his condolences confirming death of Late Arjan Singh.
Later, MoS, External Affairs, General VK Singh too, tweeted the same day at 5.27 PM confirming the death of Arjan Singh. Though Singh deleted his tweet amidst criticism on social media.
Modi had posted his tweet on meeting Singh at 5.53 PM.
Twitter users were prompt to react to the confusion over the perceived anomaly in the timings of Marshal’s death, indicating this to be yet another PR exercise by the PM.
— Padma Rani INDIAN (@KPadmaRani1) September 16, 2017
This tweet before modi visit https://t.co/CTFYG8Kbbr
— Ravi Agola ?? (@RaviAgola) September 16, 2017
Any photo op modi takes it. He has no humanity left in him
— John (@JohnBhrn) September 16, 2017
We revisited the twitter handles of Tarun Vijay and General VK Singh again. While Singh has deleted his previous tweet, Vijay has put out a clarification on the same.
Singh was the only officer of the IAF to be promoted to five-star rank, equal to a Field Marshal in the Army.
Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC was entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Indian Air Force when he was only 44 years old, a responsibility he carried with elan. He was the Chief of IAF when it saw action in the year 1965.
Arjan Singh was born on 15 April 1919, in Lyalpur of undivided Punjab. He completed his education from Montgomery. In 1938 when he got selected for the Empire Pilot training course at RAF Cranwell, he was still in college and was only 19 years old.