The Indian Independence also finalized the design for the Indian national flag. The history of the Indian flag mentions about the constant urge of communal harmony that needs to be maintained while depicting the national flag. With much improvements through rejects, use and changes the Indian national flag was finalized by a separate panel prior to Independence.
The rules and codes are many specific to respecting the Indian flag at all times. The tiranga has to be held high and not touching the ground. Any damage, scribbling or mutilation is punishable by law and the severity of the offence is payable through fines and even imprisonment. Hoisting the flag has several etiquettes too. Similarly there are many codes in preserving the flag and also where the flag can be unfurled. The rules need to be followed at all times, irrespective if we are being noticed by law or not. The flag means our pride and independence of our motherland.
The ‘chakra’ is a navy blue colour and has 24 spokes placed precisely. This is taken from the base of the Ashoka pillar which supports the four lions. The diameter of the charka is three fourth of the height of the central white band. The Dharma charka or the wheel of righteousness is what is depicted in the navy blue charka. The virtue of dharma and truth is to be followed by all who work under the flag. The wheel also denotes movement as static ideas relate to death. Thus the wheel depicts absorption of ideas in change and moving forward into glorious future. This was clarified by S Radhakrishnan who was India’s first Vice President.
The flag is made of khadi, the indigenous product spun by hand. The saffron or bhagwa colour depicts the colour usually worn by people who have renounced the world and do not give into worldly pleasures. This is the code of conduct required by all while serving he nation. White in the centre means truth and guides the followers. Green is the colour of life, of plant life and relates to life in a broad sense. On the whole green signifies fertility, the wheel is for justice and truth and white denotes peace.
It is our duty to hold the National flag high in our minds on a daily basis. By our actions, practicing communal harmony by respecting religions and constantly striving towards a better India all of us can contribute to the glory of our nation. ‘Jhanda uncha rahein hamara’, ‘let our flag fly high’ should be a daily pledge by all Indians.