11 August :The Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Defence for Palam Area including the Western Air Command, Wg Cdr Manish Gandhi passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. His mortal remains were consigned to flames with full military honours at the Brar Square Crematorium, this afternoon. Senior officials of the Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence, the Western Air Command, the Indian Air Force, a number of journalists, friends and relations paid their last respects to the Wg Cdr Gandhi before the funeral.
Wg Cdr Gandhi had joint the PRO Palam Officer on July 02, 2007. During the course of the last one year, he had endeared himself with the media fraternity with his affable and helpful nature. Even though his health was failing, he showed remarkable enthusiasm to project the image of Indian Air Force in the media, the most memorable being aircraft carrying relief aid to earthquake struck regions of China and cyclone hit areas of Myanmar. He was also instrumental in providing publicity to the reopening of the Dulat Beg Oldie airfield in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir after a gap of more than four decades.
Born on 16 July 1966, Wg Cdr Gandhi was commissioned in the Administrative Branch of the Indian Air Force on 17 December 1988. He leaves behind his wife Rolly, son Rohan and daughter Ria.