August 14, 2012

Respect Tricolor...if we don’t then who will?

Our National Flag was adopted in its current form during an ad hoc meeting of the Constituent Assembly held on the 22 July 1947, a few days before our India’s independence from the British on 15 August, 1947. It has served as the national flag of the Dominion of India between 15 August 1947 and 26 January 1950 and that of the Republic of India thereafter.

Indian national law [Flag Code of India, 2002; the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950; and the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971], governs the display and usage of the flag.

Official regulation states that that the flag must at all times be treated with “dignity, loyalty and respect”, the flag must never touch the ground or water, be used as a tablecloth or draped in front of a platform, cover a statue, plaque, cornerstone etc.

As per Indian National Law, damaged or soiled flags may not be cast aside or disrespectfully destroyed, they have to be destroyed as a whole in private, preferably by burning or by any other method consistent with the dignity of the flag.

15th August is coming and we are riding on the waves of patriotism. And why not? Aren’t we patriotic? Every corner, every crossroad, every shop, and every car sports the TRICOLOUR- THE SYMBOL OF OUR SOVEREIGNTY. The spirit of a True Indian.

And what on 16th? Gone is the Independence Day and gone with it is our patriotism, our devotion, and like true Indian we unceremoniously dump the national flag to the dustbin that is if we are a responsible citizen, or in most of the cases it is thrown on the road, in the gutter, or left to be trampled upon by the lucky patriots.

In keeping with true spirit of the Indian Culture we do not even dither to tear it after all its just the tricolor. The lucky few flags that are left untouched by the “True Indian” hang midway down the pole mourning the rape of the “Symbol Of Free India”.

Tricolor is not piece of colored paper it’s a symbol of national respect and pride. I kindly request to you all, please do not throw it in dustbins. Our national flag deserves a much better treatment. It if we don’t respect it, who will?

I think showing our patriotism on a single day is not enough, keep it also for the remaining 364 days. Tricolor needs to be respected all the year round, every day and every moment.

Please don’t buy tricolour if you cannot handle it.

The Do’s
  • The National Flag may be hoisted in educational institutions (schools, colleges, sports camps, scout camps, etc.) to inspire respect for the Flag. An oath of allegiance has been included in the flag hoisting in schools.
  • A member of public, a private organization or an educational institution may hoist/display the National Flag on all days and occasions, ceremonial or otherwise consistent with the dignity and honour of the National Flag.
  • Section 2 of the new code accepts the right of all private citizens to fly the flag on their premises.
The Don’ts
  • The flag cannot be used for communal gains, drapery, or clothes. As far as possible, it should be flown from sunrise to sunset, irrespective of the weather.
  • The flag cannot be intentionally allowed to touch the ground or the floor or trail in water. It cannot be draped over the hood, top, and sides or back of vehicles, trains, boats or aircraft.
  • No other flag or bunting can be placed higher than the flag. Also, no object, including flowers or garlands or emblems can be placed on or above the flag. The tricolour cannot be used as a festoon, rosette or bunting.

-K Himaanshu Shukla...

Copyright © 2012 - ScrutinyByKHimaanshu

1 comment:

Snuffles Jay said...

Hey Himanshu, i am writing a similar post today, and i am using your picture (the above flag ones) on my blog post with due courtesy to you.
Thankx a ton in advance.

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