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By:- Aishwarya Raghunath
Today marks the 68th year of our “National Flag Adoption Day”. It is a day of pride for every single Indian for whom the National Flag reinvokes the spirit of Patriotism. Listening to the National Anthem, saluting the flag i am sure their ain’t anybody who doesn’t get goosebumps feeling the spirit of awe and pride surging through their spine. The flag that symbolizes freedom, waves freely like our spirits.
Today on 22nd july, 1947 was the day when our present national flag was adopted by the constituent assembly as the National Flag of India. It was designed by Pingali Venkayya of Andhra Pradesh. The only difference being that the flag then had a “Charkha” in the center which later was changed to “Chakra”. The Chakra contains 24 spokes. The wheel symbolizes Dharma. If we follow the path of righteousness we wont be crushed by the wheel of time.
The saffron symbolizes courage and sacrifice:- We should have the courage to sacrifice our lives for the sake of the wellness of our country, courage to stand up for the right & no matter what fight with all our might to uplift righteousness and truth.,
The white colour stands for peace and truth- Just like the white colour our mind must be pure. It should not be adulterated with lies and violence. Controlling our mind is of paramount importance. We should never let our mind which is as pure as white to be dirtied by selfish motives and untruth.,
The green colour a mark of growth – In every walk of life , we should learn from our mistakes and experience, fight against the evil and grow & prosper throughout.
The design of the wheel is that which appears on the abacus of the Sarnath Lion, capital of Ashoka Dharma Chakra. The Flag is made up of hand weaved cotton cloth made by Mahatma Gandhi.
About 30 different designs of national flag was proposed by Pingali Venkayya out of which the one with tricolor was selected with a Charkha in between.
The right to manufacture the flags is onlt given to “the Khadi Development and Village industries commission” and “Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha”. From here the flags are allocated to different places.
Evolution of flags.
*The Indian flag having western heraldic standard designs was led by British rulers after 1857 revolution.
*During the partition of Bengal resulted in the formation of a new flag which represented the multitude of castes and races of the country.
*During swadeshi movement the tricolor flag had eight White Lotuses in the top Green field, Vande Mataram written in middle yellow and red in bottom had a sun and a crescent. This was created against the British rule.
*The Swaraj flag with a spinning wheel was used to commemorate the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre on the 13th of April in 1923.
So lets wave high our Tiranga, sing Vande Mataram and take the pledge to never forget our duty for our country, to not forget the fight put by our leaders to make us a free nation, never let it fall in the hands of unjust,never let the spirit of freedom ever fade, never let it get dirtied by corruption.