The Independent Flag

With India celebrating her 68th Independence Day, citizens of the country are like a live wire to celebrate freedom. Freedom from a long lasting British rule and India became free as an Independent nation on 15th August 1947. Indian flag is an ever green symbol of depicting Independence Day celebration all over the nation and world wide. Dr S. Radhakrishnan described the significance of the tricolour and chakra in the Indian flag. He explained – “Bhagwa or the Saffron colour denotes renunciation of disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work. The White in the centre is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct. The Green shows our relation to soil, our relation to the plant life here on which all other life depends. The Ashoka Wheel in the center of the white is the wheel of law of dharma. Truth or satya, dharama or virtue ought to be the controlling principles of those who work under this flag. Again, the wheel denotes motion. There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement. India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward. The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change.” So were his words and today we see the plight.

Considering its production and sale during this particular day, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has set guidelines in 2002 as Flag code India (http://www.mha.nic.in/sites/upload_files/mha/files/flagcodeofindia_070214.pdf ) for its use by public. But, somehow since this code has been declared, use of plastic material in production of Indian flag was by passed. Hence since 12 long years, Indian Flag was made available to local people made up of plastic and its derivates. Coming ahead was its misuse and photographs showing dishonor of the Indian flag are already known to us. A recent circular by Government banned the use of plastic material and to do a widespread publicity of the flag code. Considering this, now most of the vendors are inclined to sell paper and cloth or garment material Indian flag. With an interview with one of the roadside vendors in Ahmedabad, he disclosed that, ‘ this is a blessing in disguise for people like us. We have a day or two to sell the Indian flag. Plastic flags used to cost 2 to 5 rupees. But now this paper and garment flags are costlier around 10 to 15 rupees. Enthusiasm of people has not declined due to this ban on plastic material, we are benefiting more. Thanks to this positive step by the government’ and he smiles in sarcasm.

Also, a lot many newspaper around buzz about using Indian flag as a Display picture (DP) or Profile picture on social media and messengers. Whether it is legal or illegal kind of action and so on and so forth. Legally, there should be no restriction on Indian citizens who wished to express their patriotism by displaying the national flag with its dignity. The Flag Code of India, 2002 permits unrestricted display of the tricolour, consistent with the honour and dignity of the flag.

Inspite of all these hot discussions about its dignity, the Indian flag stays Independent. It flies high not only on 15th August, but also in hearts of Indians. It’s the pride of India and enlightens the spirit. Let us remember its significance today and respect the national tricolour flag. Happy Independence Day.

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