As India celebrates its 67th Republic day, we bring you some less known facts about Tricolor ( Indian Flag ).
- Indian Flag was designed by Pingali Venkayya, a freedon fighter.
- Indian Flag was adopted in its present form during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly held on 22 July 1947.
- The flag, by law, is to be made of khadi, a special type of hand-spun cloth, or silk or cotton, flying a flag made of any other material is punishable by law with imprisonment up to three years, besides a fine.
- Usage of the flag is governed by the Flag Code of India and other laws relating to the national emblems.
- According to the Flag code of India, the Indian flag has a ratio of 2:3 (where the length of the flag is 1.5 times that of the width).
- The size of the Ashoka Chakra in flag is not specified in the Flag code, but it has twenty-four spokes that are evenly spaced.
- The flag should always be flown between sunrise and sunset, irrespective of the weather conditions ( currently, Indian citizens can fly the flag even at night, subject to the restriction that the flag should be hoisted on a tall flagpole and be well-illuminated).
- Damaged flags must not be destroyed disrespectfully, they have to be destroyed as a whole in private.
- The flag, when carried in a procession or parade or with another flag or flags, should be on the marching right or alone in the centre at the front.
- A flag should never be used as a covering for an object.
- When a foreign dignitary travels in a car provided by government, the flag should be flown on the right side of the car while the flag of the foreign country should be flown on the left side.
- When the Indian flag is flown on Indian territory along with other national flags, the general rule is that the Indian flag should be the starting point of all flags. When flags are placed in a straight line, the rightmost flag (leftmost to the observer facing the flag) is the Indian flag, followed by other national flags in alphabetical order.
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