Four facts about the Indian National Flag

Tryst with the Tiranga

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August 15, 2016

/ By / Kolkata



The Indian National Flag

The Indian National Flag

 

 

 

 

As India celebrates its 70th Independence Day this 15th August, we take a look at the Indian National Flag. From undergoing various changes to making space trips, the Indian flag has come a long way.

The National Flag has evolved over the years and what we see today was adopted in on July 1947, before India gained Independence. The first version was hoisted in 1906 and the second flag came from small changes to the it. It was hoisted in Paris by Bhikhaji Rustom Cama in 1907. She was the first Indian to have raised an Indian flag on foreign soil in an announcement to the world about the political flight with the British for the country’s Independence. She then unfurled the flag at the International Socialist Conference in Stuttgart, Germany, in August 1907 .

The 1907 Flag of India

The 1907 Flag of India

Space Trips

Legend has it that the Indian tiranga, or tricolour, took its first trip to space on board Apollo-15 in the year 1971. It then was worn in space in the form of a medallion that was part of the spacesuit of worn Cosmonaut Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma,in April 1984, as part of a joint space flight of India and erstwhile Soviet Union. Chandrayan 1, India’s first lunar probe, hoisted also the Indian flag on the moon in 2008.

The tiranga

The Indian Flag is referred to as the tiranga (or tricolor) as it has three horizontal stripes of equal size which are saffron on top, white in the middle and green at the bottom. Saffron is said to symbolise sacrififice and courage; white signifies truth, peace and purity and green symbolises prosperity. The Ashoka Chakra, the Dharma Chakra, symbolising righteousness in continual progress and growth, is placed at the centre of the white stripe, and has 24 equally spaced spokes. Compared to the French flag, similarity lies in both having three equal stripes but the French has vertical stripes. The French flag also has a white stripe in the centre, blue and red being the first and third stripes.

The Indian Tricolour

The Indian Tricolour

The French tricolour

The French tricolour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textile significance

Indian Flags that are meant to be of use for the general public are preferably to be made of hand spun cotton or silk Khadi.Governement offices, their agencies as well as officials are strictly required to use this type of flag. In fact, Khadi has to be used as the stitching thread for the flags as well.

Khadi Weaving

Khadi Weaving

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