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
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.
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 2, 2018
Tributes to freedom fighter & designer of India’s National Flag Tiranga🇮🇳 Sh #PingaliVenkayya on his birth anniversary.
Our National Flag designed by him was adopted by the constituent assembly of India on 22 July 1947.
Salute & Respect 🙏💐Jai Hind pic.twitter.com/3MT8sBAtqv
— Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) August 2, 2018
Pay my tributes to Shri Pingali Venkayya, an educationist and freedom fighter who gave India it’s national tricolour flag, on his birth anniversary. The contribution of Shri #PingaliVenkayya towards the freedom movement continue to inspire us. pic.twitter.com/0WpTM6i7lZ
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 2, 2018
Rememberinb Pingali Venkayya(Pingali Venkaiah) a great patriot, linguist, geologist and a freedom fighter who is best known for designing Indian national flag.
Tributes to India’s flag man on his birth anniversary 🙏#PingaliVenkayya #PingaliVenkaiah pic.twitter.com/zaOG6E9r5Y
— Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) August 2, 2018
A great freedom fighter and the creator of the Indian flag, who gifted us Tricolor🇮🇳 and instilled the spirit of patriotism in every citizen of the country. A humble tribute to Shri #PingaliVenkayya ji on his birth anniversary. pic.twitter.com/AAUuoHBVGd
— Dr. Mahesh Sharma (@dr_maheshsharma) August 2, 2018
Tributes on his birth anniversary. #PingaliVenkayya was an eminent freedom fighter & educationist who gave India the Tricolor, with Saffron symbolising strength & courage, White for peace, Green for fertility & growth and “Dharma Chakra” for truth. pic.twitter.com/fNKtYByZ9J
— Dr. BV JayaNageshwar Reddy (@BVJNReddy) August 2, 2018
Tributes to Pingali Venkayya Ji on his birth anniversary. #PingaliVenkayya was an eminent freedom fighter & educationist who gave India the Tricolor, with Saffron symbolising strength & courage, White for peace, Green for fertility & growth and “Dharma Chakra” for truth. pic.twitter.com/kjGCiVC0iW
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) August 2, 2018
The bitter fact is that he is lost in obscurity and not many people know about him!
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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