New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reveal the Indian Navy’s new ensign on September 2, his office said on Tuesday. The divulging will happen during the appointing of the country’s first indigenously constructed aircraft carrier — INS Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.
He will “unveil the new Naval Ensign (Nishaan), doing away with the colonial past,” the PMO said in a statement, adding the new ensign will be “befitting the rich Indian maritime heritage”.
It is for the fourth time that the ensign is being changed from January 26, 1950.
In the most recent and existing ensign, the Indian Emblem is shown at the intersection of the two red stripes on the Navy’s ongoing ensign, a white flag with red horizontal and vertical stripes. The canton is where the tricolor is shown.
In 1950, the Crown in the maritime peak, portrayed with an anchor, was replaced by the Ashokan Lion for the Indian Navy’s Emblem.
Till 2001, the Red St George’s Cross was held but later eliminated to bring the Navy blue color Indian Navy crest in.
In 2004, the St George’s Cross was added back with an Ashoka emblem at the convergence of the cross. The Naval crest that was added in 2001, was eliminated.
In 2014, the national motto “Satyameva Jayate” was added under the Ashok Emblem and it turned into the current ensign. A white flag with horizontal and vertical stripes with the words ‘Satyameva Jayate” under the Ashoka emblem and the tricolor placed in the right top corner.