The Indian flag is the pride of every Indian. It’s not just a simple piece of cloth that we salute on every Republic Day or Independence day. Indian tricolor is an emotion and a symbol of freedom, prosperity and national identity.
Besides being the symbol of India’s struggle for independence, Indian national flag has many other aspects worth knowing.
Awaaz Nation brings you some of the facts and information about the national flag of India that we all Indians should be knowing about.
The flag of India consists of three equal-sized horizontal stripes
The Indian flag was adopted on July 22, 1947, just before India received independence from Britain on August 15, 1947
Bhikaji Rustom Cama was the first Indian who raised the flag on foreign soil
The Indian national flag was hoisted on Mount Everest on May 29, 1953, along with the Union Jack and the Nepalese National flag
The middle stripe at its centre bears the design of an Ashoka Chakra in navy blue colour with 24 equally spaced spokes.
Decoding The Indian Flag
Saffron colour is the symbol of courage and sacrifice; white is the symbol of truth, peace and purity and green is the symbol of prosperity. The Ashoka Chakra in the middle symbolises righteousness
The Struggle Faced By Indian Flag
During the struggle for India’s independence, different flags were adopted from time to time. The first national flag came into existence on 7 August 1906. However, the flag that is hoisted across the country in today’s time was adopted on 22 July 1947.
The Flag Man
A common agriculturist and an active freedom fighter at that time, Pingali Venkayya designed the “Tricolor.” However, with suitable finishing touches and modifications by the Indian National Congress, it was thereafter, adopted as the National Flag of free India.
As per the standards of the Flag Code of India, the Indian Flag should have a ratio of 2:3 (where length is 1.5 times that of the width). All 3 strips of the flag (Saffron, White, and Green) should have equal width and length, running parallel to each other.
The Ashok Chakra
The size of the Ashoka Chakra was not specified in the Flag Code, but the Ashoka Chakra must have twenty-four spokes that are evenly spaced. The Ashoka Chakra is rendered in a Navy-blue color on the white stripe of the flag.
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