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Indian Navy Sheds Another Symbol of Colonial Legacy, Local Attire Debuts in Naval Messes

© PhotoKurta-Pyjama debuts in Indian Navy
Kurta-Pyjama debuts in Indian Navy - Sputnik India, 1920, 04.03.2024
The Indian Defense Forces are making concerted efforts to remove various symbols of the colonial era, and another development in the country's blue water force took place in this regard took place on Sunday.
The Indian Navy shed another symbol of colonial legacy as the traditional Kurta-Pyjama debuted in its naval messes during the weekend.
Interestingly, India's Chief and Vice-Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R Hari Kumar, and Vice Admiral Dinesh Tripathi were among the first ones to wear Kurta-Pyjama in the naval mess.
The Indian Navy shared pictures of the officers adorning the traditional attire besides releasing a statement about the development.
"Indian Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, Vice Chief Vice Admiral Dinesh Tripathi and other naval officers wore the recently permitted naval ethnic attire which made its debut at a Naval Officers' Mess in New Delhi," the statement from the South Asian nation's blue water force said.
Of late, the Indian Navy has put a lot of thrust into moving away from its colonial legacy - in September 2022, it changed its ensign.
It is worth noting that the new ensign features octagonal borders inspired by the great Maratha King, Chhatrapati Shivaji.
In this photograph taken on December 22, 2023, sailors walk on the deck of the INS IMPHAL (Yard 12706), the third stealth guided missile destroyer of Project 15B, ahead of its commissioning into the Indian Navy, at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. - Sputnik India, 1920, 02.03.2024
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