Today I am starting my new blog. And as it is the eve of our Independence Day, I thought to start with some important information about our National Flag.
Significance of the colours and chakra:
- Saffron– Renunciation of disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work.
- White– Light the path of truth to guide our conduct.
- Green– Shows our relation to soil, our relation to the plant life here on which all other life depends.
- Ashoka Chakra– The wheel of the law of dharma. It also denotes motion. There is death in stagnation and life in movement. The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change.
In terms of Flag Code of India 2002, there is no restriction on the display of the National Flag by the members of general public, private organisations and educational institutions, etc. However , while doing so, the following guiding principles may be observed to maintain the dignity and honour of the National Flag.
- The Flag should always occupy a position of honour and be distinctly placed.
- It shall always be flown with ‘Saffron’ colour on top.
- It shall not be flown on a pole with any other flag.
- The Flag should not be used as festoon, rosette or bunting or in any manner for decoration.
- A damaged or disheveled Flag should not be displayed.
- To the extent possible, the Flag should conform to the specifications prescribed in the Flag Code of India, 2002.
- When the Flag is in damaged or soiled condition, it should be disposed off in private consistent with the dignity of the Flag.
- When the Flag is displayed in open, it should be, as far as possible, flown from sunrise to sunset, irrespective of weather conditions.
- The Flag is not to be used for any commercial purposes.
- The Flag made of paper may be used by public on accessions of important national, cultural and sports events. However, such Flags should not be discarded or thrown on the ground after the event. As far as possible, these should be disposed off in private consistent with the dignity of the Flag.
- The Flag made of plastic should not be used as they are not biodegradable like the paper flags. Further, the disposal of flags made of plastic with dignity is a problem.
Insulting or showing disrespect to the National Flag is an offence punishable under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
For more details you can visit : http://mha.nic.in/sites/upload_files/mha/files/flagcodeofindia_070214.pdf
Happy Independence Day to all my countrymen….!!!