New Delhi: Condoling the death of strategic thinker, Air Commodore (retd) Jasjit Singh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday described him as a "brave soldier" and an "inspirational military leader" who provided "intellectual vision for India's defence and strategic planning."
"I was deeply saddened by the passing away of Air Commodore (Retd) Jasjit Singh, a brave soldier, an inspirational military leader, a brilliant strategic thinker and a prolific author on military affairs," the prime minister said.
Singh, who died on Sunday of pneumonia, was awarded the Vir Chakra for displaying gallantry during the 1971 war with Pakistan. In 2006, president APJ Abdul Kalam conferred Padma Bhushan, the country's second highest civilian award, on him for his contributions in strategic thought.
In a statement, the prime minister said, "I also knew him to be a warm, kind and compassionate human being.
"The nation is grateful for his enormous service to the nation - on the battlefield, in training generations of Air Force leaders, in building institutions such as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Analysis (IDSA) and Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) and providing intellectual vision for India's defence and strategic planning," he added.
Singh, 79, founded the Air Force think tank, Centre for Air Power Studies, in 2001 and was the longest continuously serving director of IDSA.
The prime minister hoped that "his writings and the institutions that he helped build will continue to serve our country well."