Thursday, June 24, 2010
ANOTHER FEATHER IN HIS CAP - Sachin as Group Captain in IAF
The senior IAF officer said several eminent persons of national standing have been given the honorary rank over the years. Inducting such leaders also helps in adding to the morale of the force, he said. Indian military has a tradition of inducting outstanding individuals as honorary officers into its ranks. Recently, cricketer Kapil Dev and southern film star Mohanlal were inducted as honourary Lieutenant Colonels in the Territorial Army. Tendulkar's selection by the IAF is a slight departure from Air Force's tradition. Usually, it has given the honorary rank to people who have had some role in the aviation sector. "But there is no such hard and fast rule," the officer said. JRD Tata had obtained the first pilot licence issued in India and later started Air India. Singhania, chairman emeritus of the Raymond group, holds several world records in hot air balloon and microlight flying.