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Show respect for our National Flag

With a 24-spoke navy blue coloured wheel, the Ashok Chakra in the middle, the tricolour National Flag of India is our matter of pride and respect. Saffron colour at the top indicates strength and courage, white colour in the middle indicates peace and green at the bottom indicates growth and fertility of the country. The National Flag of India came into being in its present from at the Constitutional Assembly meeting on 22nd July 1947. Since then it has served as the National Flag of India.

India's National Flag represents India's long struggle for freedom.  We must give respect to our National Flag. There are restrictions on using the national flag by the common citizens except on Republic Day and Independence Day.  But due to ignorance or unawareness some people use our National Fag in inappropriate manner. We often view the cases of dishonour of our National Flag on Independence Day on televisions and on other media.

Article 51(A) of Constitutional of India incorporated some Fundamental Duties for the citizens of India. Among those duties one duty is to abide by the Constitution and respect it's ideals and institutions, National Flag and National Anthem. So every citizen is bound to show due respect to our National Flag. On the 22nd year of republic the Government of India enacted an Act called Prevention of insults to National Honour Act, 1971 in order to prohibit the discretion of or insult to our National symbols including our National Flag.

According to this Act a person should not burn, mutilate or destroy the National Flag of India in public. One should not disrespect the National Flag by words either spoken or written. Such act is punishable under this Act with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine or with both.

According to law following acts are considered to be disrespect to our National Flag:

• Intentionally displaying the Indian National Flag with the "saffron" down.

• Using the National Flag as the covering for a building.

• Using our National Flag for covering a statue,  monument or a speaker's desk or platform.

• Draping the Indian National Flag over the hood, top and sides or back or on a vehicle, train, boat organ aircraft or any other similar objects.

• Used as a portion of costume, uniform or accessory of any description which is worn below the waist of any person, or by embroidering or printing it on cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, undergarments etc.

• Using the National Flag as drapery of any form, except in State funeral or Armed Forces.

• Allowing our National Flag to touch the ground or floor or trail in water intentionally.

• Flying the Indian National Flag at half-mast except on occasions on which the National Flag is flown at half-mast on public buildings in accordance with the instructions issued by the Government.


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