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Friday, July 16, 2010

National Flag - Etiquette and Protocols; Wrong depictions of Indian Tricolour

One way of showing respect to a ‘National Flag’ is to reproduce the flag correctly. Embarrassing incidents may occur, if obsolete or wrongly depicted flags are displayed.
At least three flags Tanzania, Mexico and India have been shown 'wrong-way up' in this Greek Stamp issued in 1989. Correct illustrations can be seen in the stamps issued by the respective countries.( The top right Indian flag stamp has the constant printing error "Tear drop blot" just above 7 of the date 1947).
 It is important that the flag is the “right way up”, there is no greater insult flying a National flag “up-side down”, as well as, being a mark of ignorance. 
 Recently on June 26, 2010 at Islamabad, a diplomatic faux paus by Pakistani hosts resulted in the Indian national flag displayed upside down caused a flutter during Indian home minister P. Chidambaram's meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik.
(Source; Wikipedia) 
   In 2005, Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf, while visiting India had Indian flag upside down flag displayed on his airplane.


  At home, Indian bureaucrats and politicians also proved many a times that they are also no better wiser.

“Flag Code of India-2002” promulgated by the Ministry of Home Affairs stipulates “Dos and Don’ts” for the display / hoisting / uses of National Flag of India.
The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act- 1950 and the Prevention of Insults to National Honours Act-1971 prescribe the penalties for violation of the acts. 
 Wrong depictions of Asoka Chakra “12 spokes” in place of stipulated “24 spokes” of the Asoka Chakra.

SPECIFICATION FOR THE NATIONAL FLAG OF INDIA (COTTON KHADI ) IS : 1 - 1968.  (second revision) published on 17 August 1968, prescribes the design, constructional details and other particulars of the National flag of India. The colours of the flag, that is, India Saffron (Kesari), India Green and Navy Blue, shall correspond to the colours in the sealed standard flag held in the custody of the Chief Inspector, Chief Inspectorate of Textiles & Clothing, Kanpur. Spectrophotometric values of the colours in the flag presented to the Constituent Assembly on 22 July 1947 were measured by the then Technical Development Establishment Laboratory (Stores), Kanpur.

 Readers may recall (vide; ) that even an inconspicuous 'error' that had cropped-up in the design of Union Jack on a Jamaican stamp was corrected by the concerned authority immediately the error was noticed.
 Until very recent past, it was generally believed that the US "Bunker Hill" flag had "Blue field" but now evidence reveals that the Flag had "Red field".


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