On the occasion of Republic Day and Independence day we see the patriotic fervor increased in all parts of India. It is a shame and very disheartening to see the roads strewn with mutilated flags and hand flags carelessness wilting in the corners of India. The masses should understand the sacrament of the flag and instill the reverence in many minds. The Indian tricolour is not a fashion statement and this should be understood by all the residents of India.
The are several codes decided to preserve the respect of the Indian flag
The display of The Indian National flag is allowed on important public buildings i.e. Jails, municipalities, zilla parishads, high courts and commissioner’s office.
The frontiers at borders, check posts and camp sites and patrols at border also have the national flag.
The official houses of the high holding posts in the Government or state authorities need to have the national flag. The flag has to hoisted and re hoisted upon the arrival and departure of the dignitary. Wherever the dignitary resides the building should show the national flag. During the national days and celebrations the residence of the dignitary should always have the national flag.
While the dignitaries travel, the national flag has other listed rules on the placement and angles of the flag being positioned.
In the event of the death of mentioned officials the flag is flown half mast as specified in special places either in the building, residence or throughout the country.
The colour of the flag are made in equal rectangular, horizontal widths. The top colour is saffron, the centre is at white and the lower panel is green. The Ashoka charka has 24 spokes in navy blue. It is necessary that the charka be visible from both sides. The charka has to embroided, screen printed, stenciled or printed to perfection.
There are strict rules to be followed if any one mutilates, disfigures, destroys, tramples, defiles or shows any kind of written, spoken or other acts against the national symbol.
There are fines, imprisonment or both as per the severity of the offence
The rules include flowing the flag half mast during unsuitable circumstances, dipping the flag in salute of wrongly procedures or allowing the flag to touch the ground or trail in water.
The draping of the flag is also described and it is essential the flag cannot be used to carry anything except flowers while hoisting.
The flag cannot be a part of decoration or covering a building or a monument
Inspite of any weather condition the flag has to be flown from sunrise to sunset. The flag should not have any fasteners to damage it in any way.