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Mera Tiranga

No matter how much we hate how this country functions and how different our opinions are from each other we always stand up in pride when our national anthem plays or when the tri-colour flag waves. In this post I’ll be putting some arguments forward through which I do not intend to conclude anything, these would just reflect a perspective and not any strong opinions to hurt any religious or cultural sentiments.

The Indian National flag is a tricolour rectangular flag with (India) saffron on the top, white in the middle and (India) green at the bottom with a blue Dharma Chakra in the center of it all. The flag is called Tiranga meaning tri-colour. But notice that while describing the look of it, I mentioned four colours. So apparently, did we completely ignore the colour of the Dharma Chakra? As far as I know, it is considered to be one of the most crucial part of our flag and holds a very strong meaning and about its colour, I don’t think I can change it at my wish. So I do not understand the point of naming it Tiranga even though all of these four colours are strongly fixed and hold meaning to them, without excluding the Dharma Chakra.

The above argument might be a popular one, but I am going to put forth something very strong before you that I read on the internet and I decide not to reveal the source of it. The article basically, questioned the meanings given to these colours and coincidently they match one of the biggest problems of this country. We can easily guess it could not be anything other than the religious relatability of these colours from the secularity of this country. The true meaning as described on the 22nd of July, 1947 is as follows:

  • (India) saffron – Strength and courage
  • White – Peace and truth
  • (India) green – Fertility, growth and auspiciousness
  • Dharma Chakra – Motion

But somehow these colours match with two of the most dominant religions in this country and depicts how ignorant the designers could’ve been. It’s quite self-explanatory what the article claimed these colours would’ve meant but for those who still need a clear explanation, saffron is the colour often relating to the Hindu majority of this country. Even today, Hindu social and political groups (who openly accept themselves as solely Hindu) make a use of saffron with their community flags and other symbols. Green on the other hand is associated with numerous things in the Islamic tradition. In The Holy Book of Quran, it is associated with paradise. A lot of all Islamic nations have this colour in their flags, for example, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, UAE and Nigeria. In fact, the colour green is said to be the Prophet’s favorite. The white colour, maybe, hints towards either a third religion, most probably Christianity, being the 3rd most followed religion of the country or it could point at it’s true meaning along with the religious meanings to the other two colours – ‘peace between Hindus and Muslims’.

The worst part is someone actually thought about this. This country is in such a bad condition that it convinced a group individual to think that everything, including the flag has a religious significance. Even though, this might just not be true and is probably just a coincidence, but it somehow made people think. So let’s work for the real meaning of our Tiranga and not give any individual a chance to believe in this theory. Let’s hope to make our flag proud.

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