The Indian flag is the pride of every Indian. Did you know that India is the only country where the flag is seen in its nature? It’s not a simple piece of cloth that we salute on every occasion of National interest like Republic Day or Independence Day.
The national flag of India was adopted in its present form during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly held on 22 July 1947, when it became the official flag of the Dominion of India. The flag was designed by Pingali Venkayya, an agriculturist and Indian freedom fighter. The national flag of India, by law, is to be made of khadi only, a special type of hand-spun cloth of cotton or silk made popular by Mahatma Gandhi. The right to manufacture the national flag of India is held by the Khadi Development and Village Industries Commission, who in turn allocates it to the regional groups.
The national flag of India is also known by the term ‘tricolour’, Tiranga in Hindi. The reason for this is the three colors in the flag which are saffron, white and green. These two terms in India always refer to the national flag.
Indian Flag Color representation
The Upper most color is Saffron.
It indicates strength and courage of the country. It also shows that we should perform our work delicately only for our nation and not for our personal benefit.
The middle one is White.
It indicates purity, honesty and peace of the country. It also represents the cleanliness and knowledge.
The lower most color is Green.
It indicates the faith, fertility and prosperity of the country.
There is a Ashoka Chakra in the middle of the flag with 24 spokes. Keeping Ashok Chakra in the middle of Indian Flag has a great history behind. Navy blue color, of the Ashok Chakra in the center of the white strip of the national flag, indicates the most truth of the universe. It represents the color of sky and ocean.
Things you should know about Indian National Flag-
1- The National Flag of India must be displayed on Republic Day (January 26), Independence Day (August 15), Gandhi Jayanti (October 2), State formation Anniversaries and National Week.
2- The flag pole for National Flag should be placed at the highest point of the building.
3- The national flag should be displayed upright with the Saffron strip facing the top in horizontal representations and left in the vertical representations. The flag should never be displayed upside down.
4- Private institutions may display the national flag on all days and occasions, ceremonial or otherwise, consistent with the dignity and honor of the National Flag.
5- On the occasion of armed forces personnel funerals the National flag should be draped over the coffin, with the saffron towards the head. However, the National Flag should never be lowered into the grave or burnt in the pyre.
Questions about Indian Flag:
1- How does old National Flag of India look like?
2- Can Indian National flag be hoisted at home?
3- Who was the first Indian who raised the flag on foreign soil?
Bhikaji Rustom Cama was the first Indian who raised the flag on foreign soil.