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Updated: January 29, 2014 19:15 IST

Nation, martyr ’n’ flag

Harshini Vakkalanka
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Naveen Jindal. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
The Hindu Naveen Jindal. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

The flag is the only thing that connects that citizens of India, says Naveen Jindal, MP and Founder, Flag Foundation of India

The 207 feet high monumental flag at the National Military Museum near Infantry Road is an awe-inspiring sight and that’s what Naveen Jindal, who leads the Flag Foundation of India which has set up over 45 monumental flags across India intended it to be.

“It’s meant to be an awe-inspiring sight, meant to inspire those who see it and to invoke a good feeling about the symbol of our country,” said Naveen Jindal over telephone.

The flag, set up on January 23 this year, sits on the tallest pole in Karnataka and it was set up on the tenth anniversary of the judgement by the Supreme Court on January 23, 2004, to a PIL filed by Naveen Jindal which allows the hoisting of the National Flag as a fundamental right of the citizens of the country.

“The flag is the only thing that connects you and me because we all belong to different states or religions and the flag is the greatest symbol of our nation.”Through these initiatives of the Flag Foundation, Naveen hopes to encourage the display of the Indian flag.

And on the occasion of Martyr’s Day, the Flag Foundation of India will be honouring the principles of Father of the Nation at their programme, ‘Sadbhavna Sandhya- Mahatma Ke Path Par’ programme at India Gate lawns. (“It is because of him that we got our flag”, says Naveen).

The programme will bring together thousands of people who will pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi by observing a minute’s silence. There will also be a human chain with mass chanting of ‘Raghupati Raghav’ and a performance by singer Sunidhi Chauhan. Similar celebrations will be conducted at the Freedom Park in Bangalore from 5 p.m. onwards with local Congress leaders and civil society leaders followed by live streaming of the events at India Gate.The event concludes the Flag Week Celebration organized by the Foundation on the occasion the tenth anniversary of the judgement.

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