Kochi: The Indian Navy is getting a new flag after completely severing its ties with British rule. On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil the new flag while dedicating Vikrant to the nation. Currently, the flag of the Navy is the tricolour at one end of the St. George's Cross.
“Our navy is India's guardian in the three seas. The end is the last colonial symbol on the Navy's path.' The new flag will completely erase colonial memories. This is in line with India's maritime tradition.” A message released by the Prime Minister's Office says that this is the fourth time since the country's independence that the Navy's flag has been changed.
The Prime Minister will unveil the new flag when the country's first indigenously built aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, is commissioned in Kochi. Reports suggest that this will probably be the last modification of the naval flag. The current flag has a red stripe on the white flag, with the national symbol Ashoka Pillar at the intersection of these stripes and the national flag on the upper left side. The red lines are known as St. George's Cross.
This is the flag of British rule. It is this change that makes the Indian maritime tradition so evocative. It is not clear what will be included in the new flag, but it is certain that the St. George Cross will be replaced. The new flag of the Navy will also join the flags of the Army and Air Force.
The new flag has been selected from 10 designs. From 2001 to 2004, the Vajpayee government moved St. George's Cross. But later the UPA government brought back the old flag. This was in view of the demand raised by the Navy itself.