I. H. Latif
|Air Chief Marshal
Idris Hasan Latif
|10th Chief of Air Staff|
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|
6 September 1923|
|Alma mater||Nizam College
Defence Services Staff College
Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM)
|Allegiance|| British Raj (till 1947)
India (after 1947)
|Service/branch|| Indian Air Force
Indian Air Force
|Years of service||1941–1988|
|Rank|| Air Chief Marshal
Service No. 1804
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
Air Chief Marshal Idris Hasan Latif (b.9 June 1923) was a chief of air staff of the Indian Air Force, having served as such from 1978 to 1981. After retirement, he has also served as the governor of the Indian state of Maharashtra (1982–85) and later as the Indian ambassador to France (till 1988). He was the first and only Indian Muslim to become the head of the Indian Air Force, or of any Indian armed force.
Early life and education
Latif was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh into a Sulaimani Bohra family in 1923. His father was Mr. Hasan Latif, chief engineer of the erstwhile Hyderabad State. He was educated at the prestigious Nizam College, Hyderabad, and is also a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College. Wellington, and the National Defence College.
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 Senior Air staff officer in Eastern Air Command. During 1961-65, Latif was the air attaché at the Indian embassy in Washington D.C. During the 1971 Indo-Pakistani war, he was Assistant Chief of 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. Then he was residing in Hyderabad.
- Hyderabadi Muslims
- Hyderabad State
- Muslim culture of Hyderabad
- History of Hyderabad for a history of the city of Hyderabad.
- Hyderabad (India) for the city.
- Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
- Morarji Desai
- "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
- Awards for 5 persons from State
|Chief of the Air Staff (India)