The Indian Navy’s move to end colonial-style traditions, including the VIP culture, has been met with a mixed response in Britain. Admiral Karambir Singh, the new chief of staff, called on senior officers to be “disciplined and respectful, but not subservient” in their conduct.
He wants to give the heave-ho to the British Raj practice of “multiple stand-by” cars for a visiting navy chief and lavish drinks, food and cutlery for officers and naval ratings at functions. The lining up of naval wives and children to receive dignitaries has also been abandoned, as also the practice of presenting them floral bouquets.
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