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‘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.’

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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. Wikimedia Commons
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. Wikimedia Commons
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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.

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. Wikimedia Commons
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. Wikimedia Commons

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
Pingali Venkayya, an agriculturist and freedom fighter designed the Indian National Flag. Wikimedia Commons
Pingali Venkayya, an agriculturist and freedom fighter designed the Indian National Flag. Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Unprecedented Moment in History: Niagara Falls in Canada Lit Up in Tricolor on Independence Day

The iconic Niagara Falls, which marks the international border between the United States and Canada lit up in tricolour

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Niagara Falls lit up in tricolor. Twitter

New Delhi, Aug 18, 2017: Canada’s fascinating waterfalls, the Niagara falls on August 15 brightened in saffron, white and green to celebrate the 71st Independence Day of India.

The world’s most astonishing waterfalls appeared even more spectacular as the Indian tri colours irradiated.

Vikas Swarup, the former spokesperson of the MEA and currently the High Commissioner of India to Canada shared the bewitching moment through his twitter handle. Swarup on Wednesday took to Twitter and shared a post along with a picture.

 

Dinesh Bhatia, Consulate General of India in Toronto also shared the video of the striking view of Niagara falls via his twitter account.

 

 

Bhatia also shared another twitter post with several photos of the beautiful sight in which he wrote:

 

This is the unprecedented moment in the history that the iconic Niagara Falls, which marks the international border between the United States and Canada illuminated in tricolour.

An exciting point about this imposing moment that has now been observed in history is that the man behind colouring the wonder beauty is an Indian from Kerala.

According to TOI, Sibu Nair who works as an administrator at the University of Buffalo, New York is the impelling force behind this initiative. On August 11, he asserted, “Niagara waterfalls will be illuminated in the colours of the Indian national flag on August 15 for 15 minutes, from 10-10.15 pm, New York time. We are very much excited about it.”


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