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Jasjit Singh, Air Commodore (Retd.) And India’s Best Military Analyst, Died at 79

Aug 5, 2013 11:24 IST

Jasjit Singh, Air Commodore (retd.) and one of the leading strategic thinkers of India, died on 4 August 2013. He was 79 years of age. He died after a fight against pneumonia.

Life Sketch of Jasjit Singh

• Jasjit Singh was born 8 July 1934.
• He is known as a passionate professional, who taught flying to various top air force officers.
• He retired as the air commodore in the year 1987.
• He became the head of Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in the year 1987, for 14 long years. He succeeded K Subrahmanyam.  
• After retiring from IDSA, he set up Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS). CAPS carried out a range of useful studies on subjects such as air power strategic issues for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
• He was the author and editor of various books.
• He contributed in an optimistic way towards India's 1998 nuclear explosion.
• For displaying gallantry during the war of 1971, he was also awarded with the Vir Chakra.
• He was conferred with the Padma Bhushan, the second highest civilian award, in the year 2006 by the former president APJ Abdul Kalam.
• He is known as one of the best military analyst of India.

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