The Forgotten Meaning Of The Indian Flag

Let us remind ourselves of the meaning of one and only important symbol of our nation.

 
The Forgotten Meaning Of The Indian Flag
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Today, our nation comes together to celebrate the 70th Republic Day. And if there is one solid and real symbol of India’s 70 years of sovereignty, it is the Indian National Flag- our very own tricolor. The tricolor, that has for long been cornered into being just a piece of cloth with three random colors on it. Indian flag has a rich history and great meaning behind it. Today, India seems to have forgotten that. Today, India has forgotten to live by the standards of what those three colors signify. But, it is time we remind ourselves.

Saffron – For Courage And Selflessness

Saffron flags rose to popularity during the rule of Shivaji
Saffron flags rose to popularity during the rule of Shivaji

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The Saffron color finds its roots in the religions of Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu people. The color reminds us of two important aspects of our society. The saints who have practiced renunciation and are aware of the absolute truth are one aspect. This reminds us of the importance of detachment and being dedicated to our purpose. Second aspect of this color is the courage and valor of our soldiers who have dedicated their lives in protection of the motherland. This reminds us of being brave and reminds us of the idea of sacrifice.

White – For Honesty, Purity And Peace Of The Nation

White flags have forever been shown as the symbol of peace
White flags have forever been shown as the symbol of peace

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According to many religions and philosophies across the world, white color represents peace and cleanliness. The white color is meant to remind us that we need to leave all the bloodshed and violence behind us to move towards a society of peace and harmony. The final goal of any nation is to attain lifelong environment of peace and eternal knowledge.

Green – For Faith, Fertility And Prosperity Of The Nation

“Teeja tera rang thaa main toh, jeeya tere dhang se main toh” (“I was your third colour, I lived my life in your ways”) – excerpt from the song ‘Maula mere lele meri jaan’ from Chak De India.
“Teeja tera rang thaa main toh, jeeya tere dhang se main toh” (“I was your third colour, I lived my life in your ways”) – excerpt from the song ‘Maula mere lele meri jaan’ from Chak De India.

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Even without any religious or philosophical background, we all know that green is the color of life and growth. It is the idea of freshness, of living and of co-existing. This color reminds us of the significance of stability and as well as constant growth. It also reminds us of the greenery spanned all over our country and of our commitment to protect it. It only makes sense that the bottom of our flag represents life, success, and happiness.

Ashoka Chakra And 24 Spokes – Change Is The Only Constant

Ashok Chakra with its 24 spokes symbolizing 24 precious hours of the day is considered as the Samay Chakra. It also known as the ‘Dharma Chakra’ representing ‘24 Dharma Rishis’ of the Hindu religion. The wheel represents that nobody can change the motion of change and that change is the only constant. It reminds us of constantly progressing further. The navy blue color of the Chakra represents the color of sky and ocean.

“It will be necessary for us Indians Muslims, Christians Jews, Parsis, and all others to whom India is their home-to recognize a common flag to live and to die for.” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Indian National Flag is the pride of our nation. And more than that, it is a reminder to live courageously, in harmony and work prosperity of the Nation. Remember that!