Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘A flag is a necessity for all nations. Millions have died for it. It is no doubt a kind of idolatry which would be a sin to destroy. For, a flag represents an Ideal.’ The Indian National Flag is a unique identity, a symbol of sovereignty and the principle on which the very foundation of a country lies.
“The unfurling of the Union Jack evokes in the English breast sentiments whose strength it is difficult to measure. The Stars and Stripes mean a world to the Americans. The Star and the Crescent will call forth the best bravery in Islam. It will be necessary for us Indians Muslims, Christians Jews, Parsis, and all others to whom India is their home-to recognize a common flag to live and to die for.” – Mahatma Gandhi
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1. The Indian National Flag became the official flag of the Dominion of India when it was adopted in its present form by the Constituent Assembly on 22nd July 1947.
2. Pingali Venkayya, an agriculturist and freedom fighter designed the Indian National Flag.
3. By law, the flag is only to be made of khadi.
4. Only Khadi Development and Village Industries Commission has the right to manufacture the flag of India.
5. The Indian flag is also known as tricolour or Tiranga. Due to the reason that it has three dominant colours.
6. Three colours, different representations:
Saffron for courage and sacrifice
White for truth, peace and purity
Green for prosperity
7. The wheel in the middle, Ashok Chakra, represents the Laws of Dharma.
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8. The Flag code of India states, the Indian flag must have a ratio of two by three, and all three stripes of the flag should be equal in width and length. The Ashok Chakra should be printed on both sides of the flag.
9. Ashok Chakra’s size has not been specified in the Flag code of India. However, it is mandatory to have twenty-four spikes that are evenly spaced. The colour of Ashok Chakra is navy-blue.
10. The Ashok Chakra comes from the Lion Capital of Ashoka. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India, said the Chakra was chosen as it represents Dharma and Law.Click here for reuse options!
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