National Flag is the symbol of a nation’s pride. The Indian National Flag represents the hopes and aspirations of the people of India. Over the last few decades several people including members of armed forces have laid down their lives to keep the tricolor flying in its full glory.
Indian national flag is a rectangular tricolor flag with the Ashoka Wheel (chakra) in between. The three colors are Saffron, White and Green.
Bhagwa or the saffron color denotes renunciation of disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work. The white in the center 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 the law of dharma. Truth or satya, dharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principles of those who work under this flag.
Every Indian feels proud while hosting or watching a hoisted Indian national flag but do we know that there is a flag code which specifically give details about Where, How and When to use Indian National Flag?
The Bureau of Indian Standards is the authority which governs and enforces the manufacture and correct usage of the flag according to the certain standards issued in three sets of documents. After Naveen Jindal, Member of Parliament, Kurukshetra, was asked to remove the display of the national flag from his factory premises, he took the legal route and got the Flag Code of India amended. The union government approved the recommendations of the inter-ministerial committee and removed the restrictions on the use of the national flag by all Indian citizens from January 26, 2002. The Flag Code of India states:
- The national flag of India shall be made of hand spun and hand woven wool/cotton/silk khadi bunting and its length to height (width) ratio shall be 3:2.
- The flag shall not be used for commercial purposes in violation of the Emblem and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950. It should also not be used for personal purposes.
- The flag shall not be used as a receptacle for receiving, delivering, holding or carrying anything. Provided that there shall be no objection to keeping flower petals inside the flag before it is unfurled, as part of celebrations on special occasions and on national days like the Republic Day and the Independence Day.
- The flag shall not be intentionally allowed to touch the ground or the floor or trail in water.
- Where the flag is displayed in open, it should, as far as possible, be flown from sunrise to sunset, irrespective of weather conditions.
These are just few important points from Flag code and the detail version can be founded in the following link:
Recently someone filed a complaint against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on insulting Indian National Flag on the International Yoga Day at Rajpath.
There had been dozens of incidents in the past when some big dignitaries and politicians have disrespected the Indian national flag and so I hope the above information will help you in keeping our national pride.