As India gears up to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Independence, the central government has kickstarted a campaign called Har Ghar Tiranga to invoke the feeling of patriotism in all citizens.
The campaign is part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the public to hoist the national flag in every household. Further, PM Modi has asked people to change their social media profile pictures to that of the tricolor. The drive to change the social media profiles would commence today.
Under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, from the 13th to the 15th of August, a special movement – 'Har Ghar Tiranga' is being organised.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 31, 2022
Let us further this movement by hoisting the National Flag at our homes. #MannKiBaat pic.twitter.com/NikI0j7C6Z
To commemorate freedom fighter, Pingali Venkayya’s birth anniversary on August 2, PM Modi urged people to change their profile picture to the Indian national flag, along with hoisting flags at homes from August 2 to August 15. The Har Ghar Tiranga campaign is a part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, which is being celebrated to observe India’s 75 years of Independence this year.
It is a special 2nd August today! At a time when we are marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, our nation is all set for #HarGharTiranga, 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. pic.twitter.com/y9ljGmtZMk— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 2, 2022
Who is Pingali?
On July 22, 1947, the Constituent Assembly adopted our National Flag. The flag that was finally chosen underwent several changes since it was originally designed by Pingali Venkayya in 1923. Venkayya was not just the architect of the flag but also a freedom fighter. He was known as Jhanda Venkayya as he published a book in 1916 on 30 designs for the Indian flag. August 2 marks his 146th birth anniversary and citizens across this country will now know more of his contributions to designing the flag that we have today.
The idea behind the initiative is to invoke a sense of ownership in the people and to celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav in the spirit of Jan Bhagidari (community participation).
The campaign aims to have citizens hoisting our National Flag in their homes between August 13 and 15. Various events involving people from all walks of life will be organised at various locations connected with the freedom struggle. This will allow the new generation to discover the many threads of our freedom struggle, while older generations and communities reconnect to the events that led to a free India.
HAR GHAR TIRANGA CAMPAIGN: HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Those who have accounts across social media platforms can participate by changing their profile pictures to that of the tricolor. Further, under the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign, citizens have to hoist the national flag as per the rules of the Flag Code of India. The Flag Code is a set of rules and regulations devised by the government that pertains to the manufacturing, hosting, and disposing of, when the need arises, of the national flag. It also talks about the orientation, size, and base material of the flag. The code mentions various violations that can attract a fine or imprisonment as well.
For instance, as per the Flag Code of 2002, the National flag should not be unfurled from a single masthead, touch the floor, fastened in a manner that may damage it, or displayed in an inverted manner. Other restrictions include the national flag being used as a form of drapery, printed on handkerchiefs, or any dress material.
First, the Flag Code was changed to make the flag more accessible and thus give every Indian the unique opportunity to hoist the flag at their homes. Subsequently, the government has taken various steps to ensure the supply of flags across the country. Flags are now available in all post offices in the country.
State governments have tied up with various stakeholders for the supply of flags. The flag will be available on the government’s e-market marketplace (GEM) portal, on e-commerce portals, and with various self-help groups (SHGs).