The Indian national flag is the symbol of pride and Honour of every Indian National and here are 10 interesting facts you would like to know.
The Indian National Flag was adopted in its present form by Constituent Assembly held on 22nd July 1947 before India received independence.
The flag was designed by Pingali Venkayya, an agriculturist freedom fighter who was born at Bhatlapenumarru, near Masulipatnam, in what is now the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
By law, the flag is to be made of khadi, a special type of hand-spun cloth or silk, and the right to manufacture the national flag of India is held by the Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha based in Hubli, Karnataka
The Colours of Indian Nation Flag makes special representations. Saffron represents courage and sacrifice. White represents truth, peace, and purity and Green represents prosperity. The Ashok Chakra in the middle represents the Laws of Dharma (righteousness)
The Indian flag has a ratio of two by three (where the length of the flag is 1.5 times that of the width). All three stripes of the flag are to be equal in width and length. The size of the Ashoka Chakra is not specified in the Flag code, and all twenty-four spokes are evenly spaced.
Until the recent past 2002 no private citizens were allowed to hoist national flag except on national days such as Independence Day or Republic Day. This rule was removed after a order made by High court of Delhi in a public interest litigation filed by famous industrialist Naveen Jindal.
Display and usage of the flag is governed by the Flag Code of India, 2002; the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950; and the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
When the Indian flag is flown on Indian territory along with other national flags, the general rule is that the Indian flag should be the starting point of all flags.
The Indian Flag had its first space journey in 1971 aboard the Apollo-15. It went into space as a medallion on the spacesuit that was worn by Cosmonaut Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma.
India has bagged the world record in December 2014 for forming the largest human flag of 50,000 volunteers in Chennai.
Interpreting the colours chosen for the national flag, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan had once explained-” the saffron colour denotes renunciation or disinterestedness of political leaders towards material gains in life. The white depicts enlightenment, lighting the path of truth to guide our conduct. The green symbolises our relation to the soil, to the plant life here on which all other life depends. The Ashoka wheel in the center of the white strip representes the law of dharma.” Let’s hope the views of Indian politicians can some day be attuned to such thoughts.
India let us take a Pledge :
“I pledge to make Cleanliness my habit and participate in Clean India Movement and my nation’s progress is my responsibility. “