Idris Hasan Latif
Idris Hasan Latif
01 September 1978 – 31 August 1981
|President||Neelam Sanjiva Reddy|
|Prime Minister||Morarji Desai|
|Preceded by||Hrushikesh Moolgavkar|
|Succeeded by||Dilbagh Singh|
|Governor of Maharashtra|
6 March 1982 – 16 April 1985
|Preceded by||Air Chief Marshal O P Mehra|
|Succeeded by||Kona Prabhakara Rao|
|Indian Ambassador to France|
April 1985 – August 1988
|Preceded by||Mr. Narendra Singh|
|Succeeded by||Mrs. Soonu Kochhar|
|Born||9 June 1923|
Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, British Raj
|Died||30 April 2018 94) (aged|
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
|Resting place||Hussaini Alam, Hyderabad, India|
Bilkees I. Latif
(m. 1951; died 2017)
|Alma mater||Nizam College|
Defence Services Staff College
|Years of service||1941–1988|
Service No. 1804
|Commands||Chief of Air Staff 1978-1981|
Vice Chief of Air Staff
Central Air Command
No. 4 Squadron
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Indo-Pakistan War of 1947
Indo-Pakistan War of 1965
Indo-Pakistan War of 1971
Born in an affluent family in Hyderabad, he joined the Air Force during World War II, serving in the Burma Campaign. Later, he also served during the Sino-Indian war, Indo-Pakistani wars of 1947, 1965, and 1971.
Early life and education
Latif was born in 1923 in Hyderabad city, in what was then the princely state of Hyderabad into an educated and affluent Sulaymani Bohra Muslim family. His father, Hasan Latif, was chief engineer of Hyderabad State. His mother, Leila Hydari was the niece and adoptive daughter of Akbar Hydari, former Prime Minister of Hyderabad.
He attended the St. George's Grammar School and the Madrasa-i-Aliya. Later, he was educated at Nizam College. His ambition was to join the Hyderabad Forest Service, however, after seeing World War II recruitment posters, he decided to join the Air Force.
World War II
Air Chief Marshal Latif was commissioned into the Royal Indian Air Force in 1942, and took part in the Burma Campaign on the Arakan Front during World War II. Later, he was a member of the Indian Advisory Group to Indonesia that helped the Indonesian Air Force induct jet fighters. Latif also served as Air Defence commander and as a Senior Air staff officer in the Eastern Air Command.
In 1955, Wing Commander Latif was deputed as an Advisor to the Air Force of Indonesia. Over the next five years, he progressed through a series of staff roles, promotion to Group Captain, and command of Air Force Station at Begumpet, where he had learned to fly for the IAF.
During the 1971 Indo-Pakistani war, he was Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (plans).
In 1971, he was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal. In 1974, Latif was promoted to the rank of Air Marshal and posted as air officer in charge, administration, at Air Headquarters. He led Air Force relief operations during the Patna floods in 1975. In 1977, then Air Marshal Latif was posted as vice chief of air staff and took over as chief of air staff on 1 September 1978.
After retirement from active military service, Air Chief Marshal IH Latif was appointed as Governor of the Indian State of Maharashtra, on 6 March 1982, completing his tenure on 16 April 1985. Following this, Air Chief Marshal IH Latif was appointed Ambassador of India to France, a post he held until 1988. Following his later government service he resided in Hyderabad.
- Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
- Morarji Desai
- Abidi, S. Sartaj Alam; Sharma, Satinder (2007). Services Chiefs of India. Northern Book Centre. ISBN 9788172111625.
- "Legends of the IAF: Air Chief Marshal Idris Hasan Latif". Indian Air Force. 6 July 2016.
- Air Chief Marshal Idris Hasan Latif, PVSM biography
- Idris Hassan Latif profile at indianmuslims.info
- "Former IAF chief Idris Hasan Latif passes away at 94". The Indian Express. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- "Hon'ble Air Chief Marshal Idris Hasan Latif, PVSM". rajbhavan.maharashtra.gov.in. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
- "Awards for 5 persons from State". The Hindu. 26 January 2009. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
- "Social activist Bilkees Latif no more". Deccan Chronicle. 28 October 2017. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
- "Former chief of IAF Idris Latif dies at 95". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 1 May 2018. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 21 August 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
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