Above religion, caste, creed, political affiliations or the region one belongs to. Tiranga is the pure love for one’s country and the pride to be an Indian. Moreover, the National Flag always reminds him of his duties towards the nation. For me, the display of the National Flag is a way to express my love for and faith in the country.
The Flag Code, India established in 1950 was amended after the historic and landmark decision of the Union Cabinet. The Union Government approved the recommendations of the inter-ministerial committee headed by Dr. P.D. Shenoy and removed the restrictions on the use of the National flag by all Indian citizens from January 26, 2002.
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Tiranga – Rights & Responsibilities
- We must respect the flag above all.
- The flag should be of the given standard size.
- Whenever the National flag is flown, it should occupy the position of honour and be distinctly placed.
- Where the practice is to fly the National flag on any public building, it shall be flown on that building on all days, including Sundays and holidays. It shall be flown from sunrise to sunset irrespective of weather conditions. The flag may be flown on such a building at night also, but this should be only on very special occasions.
- The National flag shall always be hoisted briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. When the hoisting and the lowering of the flag is accompanied by appropriate bugle calls, the hoisting and lowering should be simultaneous with the bugle calls.
- When a National flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from a windowsill, balcony or front of a building, the saffron band shall be at the farther end of the staff.
- When the National flag is displayed flat and horizontal on a wall, the saffron band shall be uppermost and when displayed vertically, the saffron band shall be to the right with reference to the flag, i.e. it may be to the right of a person facing it.
- When displayed over the middle of a street, running east-west or north-south, the National flag shall be suspended vertically with the saffron to the north, or to the east as the case may be.
- When the National flag is displayed on a speaker’s platform, it shall be flown on a staff on the speaker’s right as he faces the audience or flat against the wall above and behind the speaker.
- When used on occasions like the unveiling of a statue, the National flag shall be displayed distinctly and separately.
- When a National flag is displayed alone on a motorcar, it shall be flown from a staff that should be affixed firmly to the car in the middle front of the bonnet.
- When a National flag is carried in a procession or a parade, it shall be either on the marching right, that is the flag’s own right, or if there is a line of other flags, in front of the centre of the line.
- A damaged or disheveled National flag must not be displayed.
- The flag must not be dipped in salute to any person or thing.
- No other flag or bunting shall be placed higher than or above or side by side with the National flag; nor shall any object, including flowers or garlands or emblem be placed on or above the flag mast from which the National flag is flown.
- The National flag must not be used as a festoon, rosette or bunting or in any other manner for decoration; nor shall other coloured pieces of cloth be so arranged as to give the appearance of the National flag.
- The National flag must not be used to cover a speaker’s desk nor should it be draped over a speaker’s platform.
- The National flag must not be displayed with the saffron down.
- It should not be allowed to touch the ground or the floor or trail in water.
- It should not be displayed or fastened in any manner as it may damage it.
- The National flag must not be misused in any manner.