Admiral. Mihir K. Roy: Architect of the Indian Ocean Society A personal tribute

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‘What do you want admiral,’ enquired prime minister Indira Gandhi with vice-admiral Mihir K.Roy, Flag Officer in Command (FoC) of the Eastern Naval Command during her visit to the Andamans in 1982. Adm. Roy’s reply was, ‘madam, we need a separate agency to manage the vast ocean wealth around us.’

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Admiral. Mihir K. Roy: Architect of the Indian Ocean SocietyA personal tributeWhat do you want admiral, enquired prime minister Indira Gandhi with vice-admiral Mihir K.Roy, Flag Officer in Command (FoC) of the Eastern Naval Command during her visit to the Andamans in 1982. Adm. Roys reply was, madam, we need a separate agency to manage the vast ocean wealth around us. The prime minister followed up the idea and thus came into existence the Department of Ocean Development (DoD), Government of India. Adm.Mihir Roy who passed away on the night of May 20, 2013 at the age of 87 and few weeks ahead of his next birthday, shared this conversation with me more than once. Hence, the credit for the establishment of the DOD should go, wholly or partly, to late Adm. Roy. He deserves to be remembered not only for his distinguished services to the Indian Navy (IN), but for many other reasons. He was the co-founder of the Society for Indian Ocean Studies (SIOS), editor of the Journal of Indian Ocean Studies (JIOR), Nehru Fellow, author of War in the Indian Ocean (1992), president of the Navy League, organiser of several maritime conferences and hosted Indias track-II dialogues with other maritime powers. Above all, Adm. Roy was the crusader for the promotion of maritime studies in India and institutionalisation of the Indian Ocean discipline in the country. SISO was built steadily brick by brick through his efforts. Indian Ocean is the least researched

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