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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tribute to Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 98. "He was a brave soldier of our country. He was a hero of the 1965 war," Modi said in Gujarat's Kevadia, where he dedicated the Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation.
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"Even at the age of 98, he would be dressed in uniform. He would come on a wheelchair but whenever he would see me, he would stand," he added. "I requested him not to stand but he was a soldier, he never forgot his discipline."
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Modi said that the Marshal's spirit was the same when he met him on Saturday at the Army's Research and Referral Hospital where he was admitted following a cardiac arrest. "We have lost a brave soldier. I pay my tributes to him. The nation will always remember his bravery and generations to come will be inspired by him," he added.
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In Delhi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman laid a wreath on the late air warrior's body on behalf of the Prime Minister.