Misuse of the Indian National Flag by Political Parties
The Statesman published a report on April 23, 1991 under the caption “Flagging down a sacred symbol”. It reported that Mr Mahesh C. Bhat, adviser to the “People’s Manifesto” had written to Mr. T. N. Sheshan, the chief Election Commissioner, saying “……….. Apparently this difference is unnoticeable and, therefore, deceptive, giving the impression of synonymity of the two flags. He said, “The National Flag, by virtue of being the national property, deserves the honour of inherent sanctity and exclusive dignity and uniqueness, the preservation and guarding of which, with loyalty and respect, is the sacred duty of all”……..’
The Indian National Congress party split in 1969, and became two – one what was known as Old Congress or Syndicate Congress led by S. Nijalingappa, Kamraj, Morarji Desai, et al, and the other led by Indira Gandhi and christened Congress (I).
While the old guards of the Syndicate Congress gradually faded away, the later group, i.e., Congress (I) survived and is still kicking.
national news papers with slogan “Twenty Indias or One?”
The ad violets all norms of decency '…. It is abominable to find side by side, a map of India with the Asoka chakra at the centre and Mr Rajib Gandhi adorning the Chakra. No leader, however great, can be placed on the National flag….', wrote Ranu Das (Flagging Zeal, the Statesman, Letter to editor, November 21, 1989).
Flag Code : Section V (Misuse), clause 3.28 stipulates “Lettering of any kind shall not be put upon the Flag”, while clause 3.29 stipulates “The Flag shall not be used in any form of advertisement nor shall an advertisement sign be fastened to the pole from which the Flag is flown”.
“Tricolour slip-up – scant respect for the country’s flag on Republic day”.
in Assam state in northeastern India.