Spirit of I-day lives on

Spirit of I-day lives on

A woman purchasing national flag as Independence Day is fast approaching. DH photo/Chandrahas Kotekar

The flags in different sizes, including the miniature flags, broach of a flag, bands titled ‘I Love India,’ T shirt with the symbol of flag, caps with the symbol of flag are available in the market, thus spreading the message of freedom and independence.

Speaking to City Herald, some of the shop keepers in Hampankatta said small flags which can be pinned to the saree, shirts and broach with the national flag have demand during the national festivals like Independence Day and Republic Day and other nationa festival celebrations. “We have to show a sense of patriotism and nationalism throughout the year. I purchase broach which goes well with any plain dress,” said Meghana, a student, who was in a shop to buy a broach.

When the plastic flags were in the City, they were seen lying on the roads, or few flowing in the canals and the entire picture was disgrace to the country.

However, now with the ban on the plastic flags, one can make use of the flags made of cloth which is eco friendly.

“It is not just a piece of cloth but a symbol respect to the country and commands respcet,” says a teacher who was purchasing the flag for his school.

The flag refers an idea or an ideal and is held in high esteem in the history and sacrifice made by the people.

“We have been involved in stitching the flags for the last several years in the City. With the introduction of plastic flags, many children were preferring those flags.  However, now we have great demand for the flags. It feels good to stitch country’s flag which resembles the sacrifice made by our forefathers,”  said a tailor in a shop in Market area.

Flag rule

The district administration has banned the use of plastic flags in the district.
As per the rule, National Flag must be hoisted and furled on the same day before dusk. The National Flag must be atleast 6 inches above all the flags (school/college or any other flags).

Hoisting a torn, untidy, faded or shrunken flag is nothing but disrespecting the flag. Flag must not touch the ground or fall into water. Hand kerchief, towel or dress should not have the national flag printed on it.

In case, the flag is torn, faded or untidy, it should be burnt in the presence of one or two persons with due respect.  Humiliating national flag attracts severe punishment.
Public can contact the nearest police station, taluk office, Assistant Commissioner’s office or Deputy Commissioner’s office, if anyone is found humiliating the national flag anytime or anywhere.

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