[INDOLOGY] Sindhu- names of Indian submarines

Ashok Aklujkar ashok.aklujkar at gmail.com
Thu Feb 27 00:12:43 EST 2014

sindhu is used here in the sense of 'sea, ocean.' 

"dhaj" in the second name should probably be dhvaj/dhvaja, meaning 'flag, banner.'


On 2014-02-26, at 5:38 PM, <palaniappa at aol.com> <palaniappa at aol.com> wrote:

> Does anybody know the cultural reason why the Indian Navy's submarines are all named Sindhu- as given in the following story?
> http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/navy-chief-quits-over-spate-of-submarine-mishaps/article5729695.ece?homepage=true
> Five of, of India’s thirteen conventionally-powered submarines, naval sources have told The Hindu, have exceeded their design life. The INS Sindhughosh, Sindhudhaj, the Sindhuraj, Sindhuvir and ill-fated Sindhuratna, all Russian-manufactured Kilo-class submarines, were all inducted between 1986 and 1988. The most recent of the Kilo-class fleet, the Sindhushastra, was puchased in 2000, preceded by the Sindhurakshak in 1997, and the Sindhuvijay was inducted in 1991.
> Thanks

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