Reasons to Respect The National Tricolor
Each individual is taught right from childhood to respect the national flag. The feelings of patriotism and loyalty to a country are ingrained in the minds of individuals right from the time they are in school. While each child enjoys carrying a paper flag on the independence and republic day, parents are very careful in ensuring that the flag is treated with respect. Children often come up with questions on why we should respect our flag. Some parents answer intelligently while some just ponder. This is because they aren’t quite sure themselves. Read to know how a the national flag represents the pride of the nation. Know some facts about the flag that will make you answer this question better next time.
Significance of the National Flag
The national flag of India represents the nation as an entity. We Indians have struggled for many years to achieve this independence that we enjoy today. The national flag not just represents the freedom we enjoy but also the effort of our great leaders who struggled to achieve this freedom. A true Indian knows the importance of this flag and would make sure that it continues to sway freely always. After several centuries of foreign rule by the Mughals, the British and the Portuguese, finally we have got our freedom and this valuable freedom is represented by our tricolor.
India is a very different nation. It is unique because it is a conglomeration of many diverse ethic groups, castes, cultures, races and religions. The vast diversity found in our nation has made many countries suspect whether the nation would restore its freedom in the coming decades. Yet, after six or seven decades and in spite of several challenges that India is facing, we still remain an independent nation.
What our National Flag Represents?
Our tricolor is a symbol of our nation. Each aspect of the flag has been selected carefully to ensure that it is a reflection of our nation. The three colors used in the flag are saffron, white and green. The saffron color is a symbol of disinterest in personal gains that Mahatma Gandhi thought is a quality our leaders should possess. The white color represents peace and truth. The green color in the flag represents our love of the soil. The Ashoka Chakra at the center is the ‘dharma chakra’ or the wheel of law. The initial design of the Indian flag was proposed by Gandhiji and made from the Khadi cloth from Indian hand looms. At the time of creation of our nation, there were 24 states and these were represented by the 24 spokes in the Ashoka Chakra on the flag.
Rules that Govern the Use of the Indian Tricolor
There are certain rules that govern the use of the Indian tricolor. These rules have been stated to ensure that the tricolor receives the due respect of a national flag. The Bureau of Indian Standards holds the responsibility to ensure the proper manufacture and correct use of the national tricolor. It has created the Indian Flag Code in 1968.
- The rules state that if you carry the national flag in a procession, it should be either at the center or the extreme right front corner leading the procession.
- The national flag should ever be dipped in front of any individual.
- People should stand in attention respecting the flag while hoisting or lowering the flag.
- Individuals in uniform should salute and give due respect to the national flag.
- The national anthem should follow the flag salutation.
The President has the authority to decide when the flag should be hoisted on half mast. This is a sign of mourning and is usually hoisted this way for the death of a President, Vice President or a Prime Minister of our country.
How to teach children to respect the National Flag?
Every individual shoulders the responsibility to pass on the loyalty and respect for the nation to the children. Imbibing such qualities in children requires you to explain to them what a nation means to each individual. You need to tell your children the great stories of the Indian Freedom Struggle and explain to them the true value of the freedom we enjoy today.