Pingali Venkayya: Let’s Remember The Man Who Designed Indian Tricolor! But How Many Of Us Know Who Created The Symbol Of Our Nation?

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Remembering Pingali Venkayya, The freedom fighter who Designed the Indian Flag. But how many of us know who created the symbol of our nation? We Should Be Ashamed For Not Knowing This Freedom Fighter Who Gave Us Our Flag. Read in detail!
Remembering Pingali Venkayya, The freedom fighter who Designed the Indian Flag. But how many of us know who created the symbol of our nation? We Should Be Ashamed For Not Knowing This Freedom Fighter Who Gave Us Our Flag. Read in detail!

A brave freedom fighter and the man who designed the Indian national flag, Pingali Venkayya was born on 2 August, 1876 in Andhra Pradesh.  He was popularly known as ‘Jhanda Venkaiah’,

He is the unsung hero of our freedom struggle who designed and painted the colours of our national flag and also gave the significance of the three colours and the Ashoka Chakra in between.

Venkayya joined the British Indian Army at the age of 19 and took part in the Anglo-Boer war in Africa. It was during the war that Venkayya met Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and formed an association which would last for more than 50 years.

Conception of the tricolour
Remembering Pingali Venkayya
Remembering Pingali Venkayya

On 31 March, 1921 at the Kakinada conference of the Indian National Congress, Venkayya conceived the idea of a national flag.

MK Gandhi added the white stripe to Venkayya’s saffron and green flag while Arya Samaj movement founder Lala Hansraj contributed the Dharm Chakra ( wheel of law).

The present tricolour was adopted  just days before India’s independence, on 22 July, 1947 at a meeting of the Constituent Assembly.

Today we remember him on his 141st birth anniversary. Twitterati showered their gratitude towards the freedom fighter.
The bitter fact is that he is lost in obscurity and not many people know about him!
Remembering Pingali Venkayya
Remembering Pingali Venkayya

Venkayya died on 4 July, 1963 in Vijayawada. According to some reports, despite being the creator of the symbol that unifies Indians everywhere, Pingali Venkayya died in relative obscurity and poverty.

A postage stamp was issued to commemorate him in 2009 and in 2011 it was proposed that he be posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna.

Pingali Venkayya made tremendous contribution towards the Indian struggle for independence and his name is forever etched in the history books with the national flag. The bitter fact is that he is lost in obscurity and not many people know about him. However, now times are a changing and the freedom fighters who fought alongside the popular leaders in the freedom struggle are getting their due.

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