NEW DELHI: India’s foremost strategic thinker Air Commodore Jasjit Singh (Retd) died here on Sunday. He was 78.
A highly decorated officer of the Indian Air Force, Jasjit Singh had the first-hand experience of India’s 1962 war with China and the 1971 war with Pakistan when he flew sorties in the thick of action and destroyed Pakistan tanks.
He received the Vir Chakra for his bravery in the 1971 war, and was later given the Padma Bhushan in 2006 for his contribution to India’s strategic planning.
He served as the director of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) for many years. The government had sought his input about the 1998 nuclear explosion.
Later, he set up and headed another think tank called the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) that studies emerging trends in air power.
Jasjit Singh, who was born in 1934, was recently admitted to a hospital in Gurgaon for chest infection but was released later.
He was cremated at the Brar Square in Delhi Cantonment in the presence of many serving and retired defence officers.