‘What do we see when we step out?
Beautiful, tri-colour paper flags all around.
Some set on cars, some proudly placed on chests,
While some being taken right up to the office desks.
What else do we see when we look at these?
Saffron speaking of courage, green’s pride with growth, white demanding peace.’
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Centuries have come and centuries have gone, yet the pride and respect with which we speak of our country’s struggle for independence remains unaltered. And why would it not be so? India’s freedom came at the cost of millions being massacred and millions being plundered. The heroic deeds of such men flash before our eyes when the national flag is hoisted. As Mahatma Gandhi put it, a flag is necessary for all nations. Millions have died for it. It is no doubt a kind of idolatry which would be a sin to destroy. For, a flag represents an Ideal The unfurling of the Union Jack evokes in the English breast sentiments whose strength it is difficult to measure. The Stars and Stripes mean a world to the Americans. The Star and the Crescent will call forth the best bravery in Islam.
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History of Indian Flag:
As a symbol of the free nation that India now was, the Indian flag was first adopted, in its present form, on the 22nd July, 1947, a few days before India’s independence from the British on the 15th August, 1947, during the meeting of Constituent Assembly. The National flag of India is a horizontal tricolor of deep saffron (kesari) at the top, white in the middle and dark green at the bottom in equal proportion. The ratio of width of the flag to its length is two to three. In the centre of the white band is a navy blue wheel which represents the chakra. Its design is that of the wheel which appears on the abacus of the Sarnath Lion Capital of Ashoka. Its diameter approximates to the width of the white band and it has 24 spokes.
(Current Indian National Flag. It has three strips of saffron, white and green, with Ashoka’s Chakra in the middle (in blue), having 24 spokes.)
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The Evolution of Indian Flag
The national flag has undergone some attention provoking changes since the time of its first appearance. The evolution of the Tiranga, like all other great things, involved a great measure of mutations before arriving at its present form. In one way it reflects the political developments in the nation. Some of the historical milestones in the evolution of our National Flag involve the following:
The first indian national flag in India is said to have been hoisted on August 7, 1906, in the Parsee Bagan Square (Green Park) in Calcutta (now Kolkata). As per the official reports, the flag was composed of three horizontal strips of red, yellow and green. The order was – green strip (with lotuses printed on it), then yellow strip with ‘Vande Maataram’ written on it (with blue), and red strip with a moon and sun on it.
The second flag was hoisted in Paris (France) by Madame Cama along with the aid of her band of exiled revolutionaries (in 1907). This too was quite identical to the first Indian flag, the only difference being that this time, the red was warded off and was replaced by saffron, and the ‘Vande Maataram’ was written in black. It was saffron, yellow, and green. Also, the lotuses had disappeared this time, and were replaced by ‘Saptarshi’.
The third flag went up in 1917. Credits go to the Home Rule movement, when it was first hoisted by Annie Besant and Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Out of all the flags, this one is said to be unique since it is quite different from every flag used (before and after). This one had five red and four green horizontal strips and seven ‘saptarshi’ like stars. Also, this flag had a Union Jack as well on the top left hand side corner.
There were some other flags introduced as well, the All India Congress Committee met in the year 1921 to discuss then political issues. There, a youth (name unidentified) took a self-made flag to Mahatma Gandhi. This flag had white, green and red coloured horizontal strips (same pattern), while a cotton wheel (which Gandhiji used to spin) in the middle. It is supposed to be a turning point in the history of the Indian flag.
After a Congress session, the flag was taken to Mahatma Gandhi, where he decided to make some prominent changes to it. It was made up of two colours-red and green-representing the two major communities i.e. Hindus and Muslims. The white strip (as said by Gandhiji), signified all the other communities living in India; as for the spinning wheel, it signified India as a progressing nation.
In the year 1931, which marked a big landmark in the history of the Indian flag. After a resolution, it was made clear that the colours in the flag bore no significance to any community, religion or faith. Thus, it was made sure that there were no further interpretations behind this.
Finally, in the year 1947, the first Free Indian Flag was adopted. All significance of the colours remained the same, whereas Ashoka’s chakra was adopted (instead of the spinning wheel). Thus, the tricolour of the Congress was adopted as the tricolours on the Indian National Flag.
Symbolic Significance of The Indian National Flag
‘Off with your hat as the flag goes by!
And let the heart have its say;
You’re man enough for a tear in your eye,
That you will not wipe away.’
Tiranga, literally meaning ‘tricolour’, in the true sense of the meaning, is composed of bands of three colours. Saffron at the top indicates strength and courage of the country, the white middle band indicates peace and truth with Dharma Chakra. The last band is green in colour shows the fertility, growth and auspiciousness of the land. Dharma Chakra depicts the “wheel of the law” in the Sarnath Lion Capital made by the 3rd-century BC Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. The chakra intends to show that there is life in movement and death in stagnation.
The Indian National Flag represents the hopes and aspirations of the people of India. It is the symbol of our national pride. Over the last five decades, several people including members of armed forces have ungrudgingly laid down their lives to keep the tricolour flying in its full glory.
INDIA’S STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE-
Some say freedom is a gift placed in our hands by our forefathers.
Some say freedom is a human right that none should be denied.
Some say freedom is a privilege that can and will be seized if taken for granted.
Some say freedom is the key that opens doors otherwise meant to imprison.
Some say freedom is power to do, to be, to say, and to accomplish what the oppressed cannot.
Some say freedom is a responsibility—a weight to be carried and shared by those willing to protect it.
Perhaps freedom is all these things.
But in my eyes, I see freedom as a treasure. It is a gem so rare and precious, the fiercest battles rage over it. The blood of thousands is spilled for it—past, present, and future. Where true and unblemished freedom exists, it shines with perfect clarity, drawing the greedy masses, both those who desire a portion of the spoils and those who would rob the possessor of the treasure, hoping to bury it away.
Years ago, a group of good, wise, brave, God-fearing men stood up to claim and defend the human right for independence. Those men are now dead. Their work is not. We get to witness an ode to this work every year, on the 15th August, in the wake of India’s Independence Day. These words from Jawaharlal Nehru’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’ meticulously lay down the essence of it-
‘Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.
It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.
At the dawn of history India started on her unending quest, and trackless centuries which are filled with her striving and the grandeur of her success and her failures. Through good and ill fortune alike she has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave her strength. We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again.
The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future?’
Keeping in mind Nehru’s aforementioned question, it would be fit to conclude that freedom is the oxygen to the soul. Because of the hard struggles of our forefathers we are now able to enjoy the freedom and breathe fresh air according to our wish. Getting freedom from the British was really an impossible task our forefathers accomplished with their continuous efforts. We can never forget their works and always remember them through history. We cannot remember all the deeds of all the freedom fighters in a day only, however, can give them a heartily salute. They would always be in our memories and way of inspiration to us whole life.
Where it all began? – The Indian Flag
The rebellion of 1857, formation of Indian National Congress, the partition of Bengal, arrival of Mahatma Gandhi to the walk of independence, Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the Civil Disobedience Movement, and finally the Quit India Movement, kept together, let India to her freedom. As per an excerpt from a popular website, “In 1929, when Jawaharlal Nehru as Congress President gave the call for ‘Poorna Swaraj’ or total independence from British colonial rule, January 26 was chosen as the Independence Day. In fact, Congress party continued to celebrate it 1930 onwards, till India attained independence and January 26, 1950 was chosen as the Republic Day – the day India formally became a sovereign country and was no longer a British Dominion.
So how did August 15 become India’s Independence Day? Well, Lord Mountbatten had been given a mandate by the British parliament to transfer the power by June 30, 1948. If he had waited till June 1948, in C Rajagopalachari’s memorable words, there would have been no power left to transfer. Mountbatten thus advanced the date to August 1947.
At that time, Mountbatten claimed that by advancing the date, he was ensuring that there will be no bloodshed or riot. He was, of course, to be proven wrong, although he later tried to justify is by saying that “wherever colonial rule has ended, there has been bloodshed. That is the price you pay.”
Based on Mountbatten’s inputs the Indian Independence Bill was introduced in the British House of Commons on July 4, 1947 and passed within a fortnight. It provided for the end of the British rule in India, on August 15, 1947, and the establishment of the Dominions of India and Pakistan, which were allowed to secede from the British Commonwealth.”
THE PRESENT SCENARIO- ‘Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.’
What would independence mean in the 21st century? I, on my part, believe in Roosevelt’s words, that freedom is based on four essential truths- The first is freedom of speech and expression–everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way-everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want–which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants–everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear–which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbour–anywhere in the world. The day we achieve this, will it be appropriate to call India an independent nation growing with each hour. Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it; it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it. India is more than a country, it is our motherland. It is a place of peace, unity, and contentment. People are confident, they are cheerful and everybody takes pride in being an Indian. Being an Indian is something we should feel proud of, should feel exuberant. So, let’s take pride in being a part of this struggle, while striving to preserve it in the generations to arrive, with these words inked permanently across our souls-
Freedom in the mind,
Faith in the words,
Pride in our hearts,
Memories in our soul,
Let’s solute the nation.