Thursday, February 7, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Tricolour with black wheel

Jaipur, February 6
Days after the government permitted everyone to fly the Tricolour, a government employee here is a disappointed man since the flag he bought from an authorised khadi shop was distorted.

The question now being raised by Mr Gyan Prakash Qamra is whether the khadi shops are insulting national honour by selling distorted national flags?

To his utter dismay, Mr Qamra found the Tricolour, he purchased from a state government-run khadi shop ‘Gramya’ here today, had the Ashok Chakra in the middle of the white strip in black colour. According to the flag code, it should be in navy blue colour.

“The mistake is unimaginable,” said Mr Qamra who, when protested, was told by the shop manager that the only khadi samiti authorised to produce national flag - Marathwada Khadi Gramodyog Samiti Sangh of Nanded in Maharashtra - had sent the supply.

Mr Qamra, who has fought several court battles to enforce flag code correctly in the past, said the wrong depiction of the national flag was violation of Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971. PTI


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