Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged citizens to fly the Tricolour at their homes from August 13-15, and also change their display picture on their social media accounts to the national flag from August 2-15.
It is a special 2nd August today! At a time when we are marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, our nation is all set for… https://t.co/H53IysJLJV
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1659408092000
“It is a special 2nd August today! At a time when we are marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, our nation is all set for Har Ghar Tiranga, a collective movement to celebrate our Tricolour. I have changed the DP on my social media pages and urge you all to do the same,” he tweeted.
Flag Code of India 2002
The use, display, and hoisting of the national flag is strictly done according to the guidelines set out in the Flag Code of India 2002, and the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
It brings together all laws, conventions, practices, and instructions for the display of the national flag by private, public, and government institutions.
As per Clause 2.1 of the Flag Code of India, there shall be no restriction on the display of the national flag by members of the general public, private organisations, educational institutions etc. consistent with the dignity and honour of the national flag.
The code also states that those found insulting the national flag can face a prison term of up to three years and a fine for a first offence.
Before the Flag Code of India took effect on 26 January, 2002, the rules for the display of the national flag were governed by the provisions of The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950 and The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
Amendments to the code
To ensure that no citizen falls foul of the rules, the Centre recently made two major amendments to the flag code.
On July 20, 2022, the Centre amended the Flag Code of India, allowing the national flag to be flown both in the day and at night if it is displayed in the open or in the house of a member of the public. Earlier, the Tricolour could be hoisted only between sunrise and sunset.
In an earlier amendment dated December 30, 2021, the government had allowed the use of polyester, apart from cotton, wool, silk and khadi for making hand-spun, hand-woven and machine-made flags. Previously, the Tricolour could only be made by hand using khadi material.
10 things to keep in mind
Though the government has made it easier for a member of the public to fly the Tricolour, there are still some rules that must be followed:
* Whenever the Tricolour is on display, it should occupy the position of honor and should be distinctly placed. A damaged or disheveled flag should not be displayed.
* The flag should not be displayed in an inverted manner; i.e.; the saffron band should not be the bottom band.
* The flag should not be dipped in salute to any person or thing.
* No other flag or bunting should be placed higher than or above or side by side with the Tricolour.
* No object, including flowers, garlands or emblems, should be placed on or above the flagmast from which the flag is flown.
* The flag should not be used as a festoon, rosette, bunting, or in any other manner for decoration.
* The National Flag should not be allowed to touch the ground or the floor or trail in the water.
* The flag should not be flown simultaneously with any other flag or flags.
* The Tricolour should not be used as a portion of costume or uniform or accessory of any description which is worn below the waist of any person nor shall it be embroidered or printed on cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, undergarments or any dress material.
* There should be no lettering on the flag, and it should not be used to cover the sides, back, and top of any vehicle.
Correct way to display flag
* When the Tricolour is displayed flat and horizontal on a wall, the saffron band should be uppermost; and when displayed vertically, the saffron band shall be to the right in reference to the National Flag i.e., it should be to the left of a person facing it.
* When the Tricolour is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from a sill, balcony, or front of a building, the saffron band should be at the farther end of the staff.
(With inputs from agencies)