India has faced several invasions. While most of the invaders made their intentions clear right from the word go, the British managed to bring India under their control through a business venture. The English East India Company was formed in 1600 to trade with India. In 1639 the English established a trading base in India. The British rule had a damaging effect on the social, economic, cultural and political life of Indians, which gradually forced common masses and rulers to rise in revolt against the British rule. The continuously increasing awareness contact with the outside world, and the urge to free the motherland, gave rise to an organized movement by the end of the nineteenth century, which uprooted the 200-year-old British rule in 1947. Thus, India gained its independence.
For India, 15 August is a day of her re-birth, a new start. At the midnight of 15 August 1947, the British rulers handed the country back to its Indian leaders, ending a remarkable struggle that lasted years. It was 15 August 1947, the historic date, on which sovereign India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru unfolded the tricolour flag of the nation on the glorious Red Fort. The day is significant in the history of India as bringing an end to the British colonial rule in India.
The Indian Flag.
A flag become the symbol of the country, so any independent country needs a flag to represent a unique symbol of the particular nation. The National Flag of India was first adopted in its present form on 22nd of July in 1947 in the meeting of Constituent Assembly, few days before the independence of country from British rule on 15th of August in 1947. It was designed by the Pingali Venkayya using tri colours, Ashok Chakra and Khadi clothe.
How do we celebrate Independence Day?
In India, Independence Day is celebratedly whole heartedly by most of the country, young and old rejoice and spread brotherhood with no restraints, almost everyone hoists a flag to show how much we love our motherland. Independence Day is a gazetted holiday in India on August 15 each year. National, state and local government offices, post offices and banks are closed on this day. Stores and other businesses and organizations may be closed or have reduced opening hours. Many people spend the day with family members or close friends. They may eat a picnic in a park or private garden, go to a film or eat lunch or dinner at home or in a restaurant. Other people go kite flying or sing or listen to patriotic songs.
What happens after the Independence Day celebrations?
Everything seems good until after the celebrations calm down, many Indian flags are not properly disposed of, they are thrown away with regular garbage. Gone is the Independence Day and gone with it is our patriotism, our devotion, and like true Indian we unceremoniously dump the national flag to the dustbin that is if we are a responsible citizen, or in most of the cases it is thrown on the road, in the gutter, or left to be trampled upon by the lucky patriots. It has been seen that a lack of awareness, not only amongst the common people but also in the organisation/agencies of the government, prevails with regard to laws, practices and patterns regarding display and disposal of national flag.
What should we do with flags after Independence Day?
As per Indian National Law, damaged or soiled flags may not be cast aside or disrespectfully destroyed, they have to be destroyed as a whole in private, preferably by burning or by any other method consistent with the dignity of the flag. There are two ways to dispose of the national flag – burning or burying. Even while choosing any of the processes a strict rule has to be followed. To bury the flags, collect all the damaged flags in a wooden box. Fold them and place it properly. Bury the box in the earth. Observe a moment of silence once the flags are buried. The second option is to burn the flag. Choose a safe place and clean it. Fold the flags. Build a fire and carefully place the flags in the centre of the flames. Flags burned without folding or burning the flags first and then putting it on fire is an offense. It should be noted that the national flag is a symbol of pride and its dignity should be maintained while disposing of it.
The best way to dispose our National flag.
Step 1: Cut the flag into small pieces carefully and dampen it with water.
Step 2: Bury the wet pieces in soil, and water it.
Step 3: Regularly water it and let the sun shine on that spot.
After some time, a lovely little plant will start growing in the place where the flag was buried. This is one of the eco-friendliest way of disposing the National flag, by returning it back to the mother land and watch it take root in her.
Join Sanfort’s movement to give unused and damaged Flags the respect they deserve, by giving them the goodbye they deserves.