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.
When: 4 August 2013