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A TRIBUTE TO AIR COMMODORE JASJIT SINGH by J Thomas

    Veteran Air Commodore Jasjit Singh, AVSM, VrC, VM passed away in New Delhi, recently. He was a well known Military Analyst, and did deep research on Air Power for the National Defense. A prolific writer, he has published several books and scores of papers for various journals and news papers. Veteran Wing Commander Joseph Thomas, VM introduced me to him in …

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REMEMBERING PITAJI

Maj Balwant Singh ji (1911-2004) whom we called Pitaji, passed away on 7 May 2004. One way of remembering him to insert a few pictures to recall how he brought up his four sons. And that is what we have done. The earliest picture we have is a portrait of Pitaji taken in Peshawar. It is undated, but it appears to have been …

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A TRIBUTE TO PROF PV INDIRESAN

  I joined IIT Delhi as a Post Graduate student in 1975, and that is where I first met Prof Indiresan. But even before he entered the class to address us, I had heard a lot about him. My younger brother, Brig Surinder Singh had been his student twice: first when he joined the first batch of IIT Delhi in …

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Jaspal Bhatti ko hansaana mushkil hi nahin, namumkin tha!

Our niece, Amarjeet Kaur, whom we call Ruby, is married to Rajvinder Klair, who is a first cousin of the Late Jaspal Bhatti (1955-2012) All inputs, by way of text and photographs for this article, have been provided by the  couple. * Fame preceded him. Long before the ‘baraat’ arrived at the residence of our uncle, Agyapal Singh in Sector …

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Arvind Mahajan burned the candle at both ends…

No one knows the late Col Arvind Mahajan better than Lt Gen SN Mehta, Commandant MCEME, Secunderabad. They were together in the Engineering College, during 1971-75, and after that they both got into the Radar stream in the Corps of EME. Given below is an obituary written by him:   I have been closely associated with Arvind since college days and thereafter in our service …

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JHALDIYAL FADED AWAY AS HE HAD LIVED ; WITH GRACE AND DIGNITY

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.                                                                                                Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 65) Maj Gen (Retd) KB Jhaldiyal, AVSM left our world of mortals on 19th August 2012. His army career spanning over 35 years has many distinguished appointments, but he is remembered most for the two tenures which he did in …

OBITUARY : Lt Gen TRIPAT SINGH

Originally posted on 16 Jan 2011 : With profound grief we report the sad demise of Lt Gen (Retd) Tripat Singh who passed away this morning (16 Jan 2011) in New Delhi. Born on 08 Oct 1929 as the second son of Mr Sujan Singh who was the Head Master of the best known High School in Peshawar Cantt, the …

BRIG MULA SINGH VIRK HAS FADED AWAY!

Originally posted on 28 Sep 2011 :  BRIG MULA SINGH VIRK HAS FADED AWAY! Sep 27, 2011 Gen Amar Bhalla has just informed me that Brig MS Virk (June 1963 batch, EME) has chosen to take the long road to nowhere. The news has come as a body blow to those who knew him. I first met this six-feet-two-inches tall soldier …

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NINETY THREE EVENTFUL YEARS

Originally posted on 6 May 2011 : Tomorrow, on the Seventh of May, 2011,  it will be seven years since Pitaji chose to proceed on his eternal journey. He lived for just a little under 93 years; but what is more significant is that he filled each year of his life with a desire to serve and to be of …

AIR CDRE MV SINGH (3008, E & K SQN ) TAKES OFF ON A FLIGHT TO THE MILKY WAY

Originally posted on 23 Aug 2011 : If you look up in the sky tonight, you will see a new star. It is to be called “Mahendra Vir” in the memory of Air Cdre MV Singh. He joined our course in Jan 1958 (No.3008) but like all good soldiers he did not let academics to interfere with his flying career. …