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Congress celebrates anniversary of national flag conception

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There is a mismatch on the year of conception between partymen and historical data

Union Minister of State for Railways Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy participating in a special programme with 93-foot national flag to pay tribute to flag designer Pingali Venkaiah near milk factory in Vijayawada on Monday.—Photo. Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar
Union Minister of State for Railways Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy participating in a special programme with 93-foot national flag to pay tribute to flag designer Pingali Venkaiah near milk factory in Vijayawada on Monday.—Photo. Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Congress leaders and workers celebrated the passing of 93 years after the conception of the Indian flag. The tri-colour that was 93 feet long held along its border and taken from Sairam Theatre to Nainavaram flyover. Floral tributes were paid to the statue of Pingali Venkaiah, the first designer of the national flag.

The programme was arranged under the aegis of Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal. Mr Ragagopal is fond of organising programme to inspire the youth on historic days. Union Minister of State Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy was also invited to participate in the programme.

Mr Reddy walked with other activists holding an edge of the 93-foot flag.

When this correspondent tried to find out about the history of the Indian flag and the year of its conception number 93 did not figure anywhere.

According to and article written by Gandhian Scholar, researcher and writer La.Su.Rengarajan in the columns of this paper freedom fighter Pingali Venkaiah has been presenting designs for a national flag in every session of the Indian National Congress since 1915, that is 98 years ago. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) first recommended to the nation a common tricoloured flag in April 1919 (that is 94 years ago). Gandhiji again wrote in the issue dates April 13, 1921, (92 years ago) of the Young India on the significance of a national flag. It took 10 years more for the All-India Congress Committee to accept unanimously the tricoloured flag in August 1931. Students and partymen participated with enthusiasm in the programme, but the same zeal was not shown in researching the historic facts.


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