The National Flag of India has got immense importance. The national flag of free India was first adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 22 July 1947. The flag, by law, is to be made of khadi, a special type of hand-spun cloth, or silk made popular by Mahatma Gandhi.

Every independent country has its even national flag. It is a price-less possession of the state that be speaks it sovereignty. The state expects all citizens to keep the honour of its flag. The national flag of India reflects in every way the hopes and inspirations enshrined in our constitution.

The National Flag of India epitomizes its civilization and culture, heritage and freedom. The Indian national flag is a tricolor. It consists of three bears Saffron at the top, white in the middle dark and green at the bottom. Saffron is the symbol sacrifice and selfishness. The white colour in the middle stands for piety, purity, truth and simplicity. It reminds us that we Indian must he pure, and truthful at heart and simple in manners. Green stands for youth and energy. The Ashoka Chakra, a 24-spoke wheel, in navy blue at its centre symbolizes the cult of Ahinsa, and the never ending activities in the country for its progress. The Ashoka Chakra is shown below:

Ashoka Chakra

The Indian, one and all, honour their national flag and rally round it. It is usually flown on all Government buildings, High Courts, Secretariats, and Collectorates etc. On days of national importance, Independence, or Republic Day, the flag is seen fluttering on every house-tops; we also sometimes find these flags in the hands of demonstrators marching along the streets. It is kept at half must on the days of national mourning.

Contributed By: Sachin Girdhar



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