The National Tricolour better known as The Tiranga, gives us a reason to take pride in our identity and culture. At the recent hoisting of the Tallest Tiranga in Huda Town Park in Sector 12, Faridabad, history was made as 10,000 people—from various walks of life—witnessed what was a historical moment in time. Faridabad Navchetna Trust, dedicated towards the transformation of the social and cultural life of Faridabad, took on the mammoth task of installing the country’s ‘The Tallest Tiranga’ in Faridabad to commemorate National Defence Day on 3rd March, 2015.
The Tiranga, tallest across India (height: 250 feet) was hoisted by Shri Amit Shah, National President, Bharatiya Janta Party; Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Manohar Lal Khattar; and actor Sh. Ranbir Kapoor in the presence of Dr. Anil Jain, State Prabhari, Bharatiya Janta Party; Shri Krishna Pal Gurjar, MP; Brigadier Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri, Mahavir Chakra Awardee, Shri Vipul Goel, MLA& Chairman, Faridabad Navchetna Trust; Smt Satya Bhalla, Chief Patron, MREI; Dr Prashant Bhalla, President, MREI, Dr Amit Bhalla, Vice President MREI, among a galaxy of other dignitaries and respected guests.
The momentous occasion gave everyone present to introspect about the National Flag and gain in-depth knowledge about the Flag Code of India as the book ‘Know Your Flag’ authored by Lt Cdr K.V. Singh (Retd) and Chief Executive of the Flag Foundation of India, was gifted to eminent personalities at the event. The book is a beautiful chronicle of the Tiranga which as the author states, was described by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru as a ‘flag of freedom’ while moving the resolution on the flag in the Constituent Assembly. For the first time in the history of our nation, Indians could look upon the flag with pride and honour at their country’s national tricolor. Lt Cdr K.V. Singh (Retd) notes in his book that from January 26, 2002, after 55 years of Independence, Indian citizens were permitted to fly their National Flag throughout the year. On January 23, 2004, the Honourable Supreme Court held that the right to fly the National Flag freely, with dignity and respect, was a fundamental right. What the people of Faridabad witnessed on National Defense day in 2015, was a reiteration of that belief. Despite the wars being fought, the terror and strife, patriotism has not lost its meaning, and is well and truly alive.
But then, while everyone reveres the National Flag, most people do not have adequate information and knowledge about our Tricolor. It was to fill this gap and vacuum, Lt Cdr K.V. Singh (Red) brought out the book where he has portrayed 127 facts on the Indian National Flag in an interesting question and answer quiz format. The book is the result of his intense passion for the National Flag and focuses upon various aspects, right from the ‘Genesis’ of the National Flag to ‘Rules, Regulations, Etquettes and Protocols’ to ‘Flag Terms Defined’. His work also goes beyond the National Tiranga and highlights flags of other countries, our national symbols and national anthem and song. It is a perfect read for both adults and children wanting to catch up on their knowledge of the National Flag and the rich history and tradition that governs this embodiment of India’s pride. In a way, the book, instills love for the nation and is an intriguing discovery of our “strongest patriotic symbol”.