History of Tricolor

It will be necessary for us Indians Muslims, Christians Jews, Parsis, and all others to whom India is their home-to recognize a common flag to live and to die for.

- Mahatma Gandhi

A flag is a necessity for all nations. It is a symbol of a free country.

Colours of the Flag

The Saffron band indicates the strength and courage,  white band indicates peace and truth and  the green band shows the fertility, growth and auspiciousness of the land.

The Chakra

Dharma Chakra means the "wheel of the law", made by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. The chakra intends to show that there is life in movement and death in stagnation.

Flag Code

Part I contains report of the National Flag.  Part II is devoted to  display of the Flag by Civilians.  Part III relates to display of the Flag by Central and State governments.

First Flag

Hoisted on August 7, 1906 in Parsee Bagan Square in Calcutta. It composes three strips red, yellow and green

Second Flag

Hoisted in Paris by Madame Cama and her band of exiled revolutionaries in 1907. This was also exhibited in a conference at Berlin.

Third Flag

In 1917 when the political struggle took a definite turn, Dr. Annie Besant and Lokmanya Tilak hoisted it during Home rule Movement

Fourth Flag

During an AICC session in Bejawada in 1921, Andhra youth took a flag to Gandhiji who made some changes to it.

Fifth Flag

In 1931, a resolution was passed to adopt a tricolor flag. However, it was clearly stated that that flag bore no communal value.

Present Flag

On 22 July 1947, the constituent assembly adopted it as free India National Flag with little changes

The Do's

A member of public, private or an educational institution may hoist the National Flag on all days and occasions consistent with the dignity and honour of the National Flag.

The Dont's

The flag cannot be used for communal gains, drapery, or clothes. As far as possible, it should be flown from sunrise to sunset, irrespective of the weather.

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