OUR TIRANGA COMPLETES 73 YEARS TODAY
Today back in 1947, our National Flag ‘Tiranga’ was adopted after the meeting of the Indian Constituent assembly. This was done a few days before India's Independence. In 'Tiranga', 3 colours are there which are Saffron, White & Green and this is the reason behind its name 'TIRANGA'. The beautiful saffron colour shows strength, Courage and Sacrifice. The saffron colour is also known as the Bhagwa colour, this is an image of Hinduism. The white colour reflects peace, unity and truth with Dharma Chakra. The green colour reflects the fertility, growth and auspiciousness of our land.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Gandhi Ji first introduced the idea of flag for the Indian National Congress party in 1921. It had 2 colours (red and green) and a circle. The red colour represented Hinduism and the green one represented Muslims. Later on, this flag was modified and a white bandage was added in the middle which represented other religions which indicated India as a Secular Country.
In 1968, certain rules were made by the Bureau of Indian Standards that our flag should be made of Indian hand-made khadi cloth. The Tiranga shows our glorious past and is a symbol of Civilization, Freedom struggle and Cultural heritage. This flag is a symbol of our independence. We should always respect and teach our next generation to respect our flag and country.
Additionally, when our representors like our Prime Minister, President and other officials pay a visit to other countries, the Tiranga is being presented on their vehicles as to symbolize INDIA. A flag is the identity of any country and at almost all the platforms, a country is indicated by its flag only. All the countries have their own flags with different shapes and colours. Similarly, Tiranga has three parallel colours, its length width ratio is 3:2. The middle white coloured area also has a chakra of navy blue colour with 24 spokes which represents the 24 hours of a day. On national festivals like Republic Day (26 January), Independence Day (15 August), Gandhi Jayanthi (2 October), people hoist the flag with utmost proud in their hearts.
I personally have a kind of different feeling of proud whenever I see our flag waving in the air with no fear of any external power. All the sportsmen playing for India always wait for the day when our flag is being hoisted in different nations because of them, it fills them with proud that they were capable to do something to make their country proud. Every army officer is performing his duty so that we can proudly wave our flag and live with dignity and without fear. India is a secular state, everybody has the right to follow their religion and people from different religions, respect, feel proud and care for their country. We have different regiments in Indian army but all the Army members respects the National symbol, National Anthem, National song as well as National flag. Despite of different religions, castes, race, communities, language, we are united with our national identity ‘INDIAN’.