UPSC Exam Preparation: Topic of the Day – Navika Sagar Parikrama
The Navika Sagar Parikrama expedition was the first ever all-women Asian and Indian circumnavigation around the globe. Indian Navy’s six all women crew took 254 days to circumnavigate the globe on board INSV Tarini, the sister vessel of INSV Mhadei. The first Indian Solo circumnavigation was undertaken from the 19th of August 2009 to 19th of May 2010 on board the Indian built vessel, INSV Mhadei.
- The Navika Sagar Parikrama started on the 10th of September 2017 in Goa.
- The entire distance was covered in 5 laps.
The aim of the Expedition:
The expedition aimed at promoting empowerment of Women aligned with the governments thrust for “Nari Shakti” and also Ocean Sailing activities. The expedition also envisioned, inspiring the youth of the nation to develop an understanding of the sea and instill a spirit of adventure and camaraderie.
Additional aims of the Expedition:
- Environment and climate change:
It aimed at encouraging sailing, which uses environmentally friendly, the non-conventional source of renewable energy, which affects the lives of women. Thereby, the expedition aimed at harnessing energy in optimizing the livelihood of women onboard.
- Make in India:
The expedition was carried out on indigenously built INSV Tarini, showcasing the “Make in India” initiative of the Government of India.
- Marine Pollution:
The crew was involved in monitoring and reporting marine pollution on the high seas.
- Meteorological /Ocean /Wave Data Observation:
The crew would also collate and update Meteorological/ Ocean/ Wave data on a daily basis for subsequent analysis by research and development organizations.
- Interaction with the local Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs):
Since the expedition aimed at promoting Ocean Sailing and the spirit of adventure, the crew would interact extensively with the local PIOs at the various port halts.
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