Flags have greater importance than what we know; they represent a country and unify its citizen. In a country like India, where diversity is in spades, it’s crucial for an element to unite these various states and that element is the tri-colour flag. All of us respect our country’s flag and understand its importance but there are quite a few facts about Indian flag which you are unaware of. So, here I give you 12 interesting and unknown facts about Indian flag.
12 Interesting and Unknown Facts about Indian Flag
1. Indian flag is known as the tri-colour flag and each of its elements represent certain things, which are:
- Saffron – sacrifice and courage
- White – peace, truth and purity
- Green – prosperity
- Ashok chakra – Laws of Dharma
2. The Ashok Chakra was adopted from the Lion Capital of Ashoka.
3. By law, the Indian national flag must only be manufactured in Khadi cloth and the right to manufacture the national flag is solely held by the Khadi Development and Village Industries Commission.
4. All the colours in the Indian flag must be of equal length and width. The length of the flag must be 1.5 times more than its width.
5. The Indian flag shares its colour palate with the Ivory Coast and the Republic of Ireland, with the difference in the placement of the colours.
6. There were many flags used for struggle of Independence from the Britishers, but on July 22, 1947, the current Indian flag was used and after India’s independence on August 15, 1947, this flag was established as the national flag.
7. The design of the Indian national flag was done by a freedom fighter from Andhra Pradesh and his name was Pingali Venkayya.
8. In an instance where other nation’s flags are flown with the Indian national flag on Indian soil, then the general rule which should be followed is that the Indian flag must be the starting point of all flags.
9. There is an Importance to certain placement and many are unaware of this fact about Indian flag. When the Indian flag is flown indoors, it is a rule that the flag be flown on the right side with the observers on the left and if the speaker is on stage, then he/ she must have the flag on their right hand side.
10. On May 29th, 1953, the Indian flag was hoisted upon the Mt. Everest along with the Nepalese National flag and the Union Jack.
11. The Indian national flag should not be used below the waist on any article of clothing
Hope you enjoyed these interesting facts about Indian flag!
Article Title: 12 Interesting and Unknown Facts about Indian Flag
Article first published on February 11, 2017.