It’s an emotion hard to express when we see the national flag of India fluttering in the air and the national anthem playing in the background.
But keeping aside the patriotic feeling, do you know there is a Flag Code of India that all of us must abide by?
And if you break the law by disrespecting the national flag and the Flag Code of India, you might be jailed for three years, with or without a fine.
1. The Indian national flag should only be made of khadi (handspun cloth). The raw materials for khadi have been restricted to cotton, silk and wool.
2. The flag has to be a perfect rectangle whose length and width should be 3:2.
3. As per the Flag Code of India, 2002, the national flag of India should spread out properly when hoisted or displayed indoors.
When displayed horizontally, the saffron band should be on top. When displayed vertically at indoor events like public meetings, the saffron band should be on the right (onlookers’ left).
4. We cannot use our tricolour to cover tables, podiums, buildings or lecterns.
5. We cannot drape the national flag of India from railings.
6. When a flag is hoisted in the open, it should be kept there from sunrise to sunset.
7. Indians may wave national flags made of paper at significant national, cultural and sports events. But it cannot be thrown on the ground. Instead, if needed, it should be destroyed in private as a whole.
8. A damaged flag should not be used.
9. The Indian national flag cannot be dipped in salute “as opposed to regimental colours, organisational or institutional flags, which may be dipped as a mark of honour”, says the Flag Code of India.
10. One should not intentionally let the flag of India touch the ground or floor or allow it get soiled in water.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.