I learnt that the suite named ‘Akbar’ in the Western Naval Command officers’ mess has been renamed. ‘Akbar’ stood alongside the one named ‘Ashoka’. The two suites were thus well positioned to evoke memory of the two emperors who tried to make India whole. While Ashoka succeeded, Akbar set the stage for his great grandson, Aurangzeb, to succeed.
One explanation I have received is that possibly Western Naval Command wished to give its Mess a maritime orientation, whereby it preferred the name of a navy oriented monarch to be gracing its suite. Therefore, it settled for Shivaji, who was known to be interested in and a master of peninsular littoral and its seaward stretch. Be that as it may, there were surely other ways to highlight Shivaji's contribution to maritime affairs and remind those staying in the Mess of India's naval heritage. The new navy symbol is based on Shivaji's seal. I also heard that the Kunjali helipad in Mumbai was renamed. Kunjali was Muslim and a naval commander. I therefore stand by my point that the military is getting too cuddly with the regime - which it needn't and shouldn't.