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Indian Ensigns

Last modified: 2002-12-14 by jonathan dixon
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In the first few years, the Indian navy flew the national flag at the jack staff and the standard Royal Navy white ensign at the ensign staff.

On 26 January 1950, India promulgated its constitution and became a republic. The national flag continued unchanged, but the Indian navy instituted a new jack with the national flag replacing the Union Jack in the white ensign at the ensign staff. Similarly, the Indian Air Force and Indian Army instituted new flags (and other insignia) with the constitution and break with the UK.

Zeljko Heimer

Civil ensign

[Civil Ensign of India]
by Zeljko Heimer

Civil ensign of India: red with national flag in canton, ratio 2:3 (from Flagmakers Catalogue)

Zeljko Heimer

Government ensign

[Blue Ensign of India]
by Zeljko Heimer

Blue ensign of India: Indian national flag in canton and yellow anchor horizontally in the fly half, ratio 2:3 (from "Flagmakers Catalogue").

Zeljko Heimer

India has a government ensign on the British pattern: blue with the national flag as a canton and a horizontal yellow anchor in the fly.

Tom Gregg, 16 January 1998

Unidentified Ensign

[Unidentified ensign from India]

Here is a scan of a table flag I picked up at a flag manufacturer in New Delhi, India, early last year. The shopkeeper, unfortunately, had no idea what it was. Given its general configuration -- white field, Indian national flag as the canton, gold anchor in the fly -- it seems quite reasonable to assume it is some sort of post-independence maritime ensign/flag from India: but, precisely, what kind of Indian maritime flag? There lies the rub. A friend has suggested Calcutta or Cochin Port Authority, (because of the "C" superimposed on the anchor); or perhaps a Yacht Club of some sort, (maybe at Calcutta?) I find neither answer to be very convincing, however. If you can identifiy this flag, please write us.
Glen Robert-Grant Hodgins, 15 December 1998

I'm guessing that this flag is the flag of the Indian Coast Guard.
Rishi Vyas, 8 July 2001