INDIAN FLAG HISTORY The need for an Indian flag came in the start of the 20th century when the independence movement was on its zenith. Sister Nivedita a disciple of Swami Vivekananda came up with the first national flag in 1904. The flag then named as Sister Nivedita's flag.
Between 1405 and 1433, Ming China sent out enormous armadas of ships into the Indian Ocean, commanded by the eunuch admiral Zheng He. The flagship and other largest treasure junks dwarfed European ships of that century; Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Santa Maria, was between 1/4 and 1/5 the size of Zheng He's. Incredibly, the largest ships in the fleet (called baoshan, or "treasure ships") were roughly 1/3 to 1/2 the displacement of modern American aircraft carriers.