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Updated: January 28, 2013 03:58 IST

Instilling national pride from a great height

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Permanent attraction: The National Flag on a tall flagpole on the Kanakakunnu Palace grounds in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. Photo: S. Mahinsha
Permanent attraction: The National Flag on a tall flagpole on the Kanakakunnu Palace grounds in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. Photo: S. Mahinsha

The flag should remind people to rise above political affiliations and remind them of their duties towards the country.

The ornamental flagpole erected some months ago on the Kanakakunnu Palace grounds here showed off its true beauty on Republic day, with the national flag finally fluttering atop from its finial.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who hoisted the flag, said the Tricolour was a symbol of unity of India.

Work on erecting the flagpole had been stalled for months without clearance from the City Corporation and the Airports Authority of India. The stainless-steel mast is more than 65 metres tall and the flag about 22 metres long and 15 metres wide. The flagpole is illuminated at night and the government has granted permission to fly the flag round the clock.

It was at the request of Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor that the Flag Foundation of India, founded by Naveen Jindal, MP and industrialist, chose the State capital for the project, which has been executed in nine other States. Addressing the gathering, Mr. Tharoor said that there was no substitute for the pride that he used to feel on seeing the national flag during his career abroad.

“When we salute the flag, we salute ourselves, our pride, our culture, and we salute for the future of India,” he said.

The project to erect such flagpoles in different parts of the country draws inspiration from the initiatives of Mr. Jindal to make the national flag more accessible to the people. Mr. Jindal said the flag should remind people to rise above political affiliations and remind them of their duties towards the country.

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