The Indian Navy had attempted to drop St George’s Red Cross in the ensign even before


The Indian Navy recently received a new ensign, which will now adorn naval vessels, vehicles and buildings. There are mixed feelings among sailors and officers about the change. For the most part, the new Ensign just isn’t graceful like the old one, which can be seen in the color clashes between the Indian tricolor and the blue and yellow on the Octogan. But aesthetics mean different to different people, so it can be debated and argued to death. It may also fit into the current debate on religion. For the general public, it’s a matter of national pride rather than Ensign aesthetics.

Explaining the change in ensign, the Navy said that in line with the continued national effort to break with the colonial past, it was deemed necessary to switch to a new design inspired by Indian history.

The former Indian Navy ensign had the national flag in the upper left canton, red vertical and horizontal stripes, and a golden yellow state emblem placed above the junction of the red stripes as a sign of national pride. The national slogan “Satyamev Jayate” has been engraved in the Devanagari script below the state emblem. This white flag was flown by Indian Navy formations, ships and installations till 1 September 2022.

The horizontal and vertical red stripe refers to the St George’s Red Cross flag. It’s important to understand the sentiments behind the widespread adoption of the symbol that still captivates the world.

Red Cross of St George – A personal, not religious or national symbol

Georges de Lydda was born into a Christian family in Cappadocia. He joined the Roman army as an officer and Emperor Diocletian gave him the highest rank in the army.

One day he rode his white horse through the city of Silenus in the Roman province of Libya. A scary dragon is terrorizing the city. He eats all the animals in the area and demands a tribute of two young people from the people who live there on a daily basis. George shows up on the day the king’s daughter is doomed to be killed by the monster. George fiercely fights the dragon. With Christ’s help and after making the sign of the cross, he stabs the dragon with his spear. The princess is brought to town and the dragon follows her like a good dog. The townspeople agreed to become Christians and be baptized. Because it always scared people, George slew the dragon with a scimitar. In popular versions, George kills the dragon immediately after the battle with his spear. History is considered as a tradition and not as a fact.

Georges is imprisoned after the publication of Diocletian’s laws against Christians. His faith could not be shaken and he died there a horrible death as a martyr. He was sent to be tortured several times, but miraculously he survived. On April 23, 303, he was beheaded. Islamic accounts say he was born again and again, a feat that Jesus of Nazareth did.

Indian Navy Ensign Difference

Eastern Christians called him “the great martyr” because of the exceptional manner in which he died. His group of followers is growing rapidly. The cult of Saint George became very popular during the Crusades, especially among French and English knights. The riders had every right to choose him as their patron saint. Their symbol is usually a white flag with a red cross on it.

One of his first appearances after his death was at the Battle of Cerami in June 1063. This was after the Normans began to liberate Sicily, which the Muslims had ruled for 200 years. In this battle in the northeast of the island, the Christians won big. According to a historian named Geoffroi Malaterra, they were inspired by a mysterious white horseman with a spear, a white pennant, and a cross at its end.

During the siege of Antioch by the unbelievers in 1098, Christians saw a vision of Saint George leading an army of angels riding white horses and carrying white banners. This gave victory to the Christians.

In the Battle of Alcoraz in 1096, King Peter I of Aragon is said to have won against the Moors. He said that Saint George helped them win against the four Arab kings killed on the battlefield.

Since 1297, when Pope Boniface VIII made Sardinia a subservient zone, it will take up the symbols of this feat of arms: a white flag with a red cross and four Moorish heads.

In the 12th century, the House of the Counts of Barcelona seized Aragon. Raimond-Bérenger IV and his son Alphonse II affixed their coats of arms to each of the four poles. This last coat of arms will remain the dynastic symbol of Aragon. The Red Cross will remain the territorial symbol of the ancient kingdom.

The vexillum beati Georgii (flag of Saint George) was first mentioned in the Chronicles of Genoa in 1198. It is a red flag with an image of Saint George on horseback slaying a dragon (this standard will remain the flag of the ‘state until the beginning of the the 13th century). In the Annales Januenses, which recounts how the Genoese took control of the city of Savona in 1227, there is an image of a four-sided banner erected in front of the tents of the Genoese commanders. The flag of the Community, which is a red cross on a white background, was first seen on September 28, 1218. It was called the “ensign with the cross of the Community of Genoa” or “insignia cruxata comunis Janue and he flew over the city of Ventimiglia, which had yielded to Genoa. The fleet also used these two flags. In 1241, the vexillum beati Georgii was still called the flag of war and the ensign of the admiral. In 1242, the galleys displayed the signum Communis, which means the Flag on the Cross. At least until 1282, the vexillum beati Georgii would be the flag of the admiral.

People say that the cross of St George was first used as a symbol by the English army in 1277 when Edward I was in charge and there was a war in Wales. Archbishop Thomas of Canterbury wrote in the 1300s that King Edward of England’s knights carried white banners with red crosses when they besieged Caerlaverock Castle in southern Scotland in 1300. In 1357, a historian named Jean Froissard wrote that English commanders often called on Saint George for help. or as a battle cry.

Georgia was the last country to use the Red Cross. Its name comes from the Persian word “Gurji”, which comes from the Greek word “gergia”, which means “agriculture”, and not from the name of Georges de Lydda.

The flag that was chosen in 2004 has a white background with a red cross in the middle and four other red crosses around it. It is linked to the flag of Sastavo, which was first seen in 1350. Mikheil Saakashvili’s Democratic Movement, an opposition party that will come to power after the Rose Revolution, chose it as its symbol in 2001.

People also use the white flag with the red cross to represent the Church in general. It is used by painters when they represent the Resurrection or the Last Judgment.

The Navy had brought back the Red Cross from St George

In 2001, the Navy changed the ensign, removing the Cross of St. George and putting on a naval emblem.

In 2004, the Red Cross in the ensign was brought back because the Navy felt the ensign was not as conspicuous as it had been.

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