Har Ghar Tiranga: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call to hoist the tricolor from door to door on this 15th August, almost two decades after the countrymen got the right to hoist the tricolor from house to house, giving it the form of a tricolor movement (Har Ghar Tiranga). This movement is not against anyone but in the celebration of Amrit Mahotsav of Independence, which has started with the campaign of putting the tricolor in DP on social media. But our subject is not our subject, when we got the right to hoist the tricolor from house to house, who got it and what legal battle was fought for it.
A different location of 26 January 2002
26 January 2002 has a different place in the history of our beloved national flag. Earlier, common citizens were not allowed to hoist the tricolor at their homes on any day. On this historic date, the Indian Flag Code was amended and common citizens got a chance to proudly hoist the national flag anywhere anytime. After getting this right, citizens are free to proudly hoist the flag in their homes, offices and factories.
However, in hoisting the tricolor, you have to always keep in mind that the tricolor should not be disrespected in any way. Because in case of any disrespect to the tricolor, you will be entitled to punishment under the Prevention of Insults to National Owner Act, 1971.
This law has been amended in 2003. Under this, there is a provision for imprisonment of up to 3 years and fine for the first offense. There is a provision of imprisonment of at least one year for repeat offence. You must have often read the news of inadvertently hoisting the tricolor upside down on the occasion of 15th August and 26th January. All this comes under the category of insult to the tricolor.
One more thing and now Indian citizens can hoist the tricolor even at night. For this, the condition will be that the pole of the flag is really tall and the flag itself should also shine. You will be entitled to punishment for hoisting a discolored, torn flag.
Who is the person who gave the right
Now know about the person who, after almost a decade long legal battle, gave the citizens of the country the right to hoist the tricolor in their home establishment. That person was Hisar’s industrialist and former MP Naveen Jindal. Naveen Jindal wanted the people of the country to hoist the tricolor whenever they wanted.
The main reason for this was that while studying in America, Naveen Jindal had seen the love of Americans for their country and their attachment to the national flag. He used to hoist his flag respectfully every day at home, office, anywhere. For this they did not have to wait for a particular day. He researched the patriotism of Americans. In which he concludes that there is truth in the patriotism of Americans and that they get inspiration from their red, white and blue national flag. After this, it became his passion to include the tricolor in his daily routine.
Naveen Jindal’s passion gave rights
Under this passion, Naveen Jindal decided to become a partner of change in the country. Jindal knocked on the door of the court, fought for nine years. Naveen Jindal went to the Delhi High Court in 1995 for approval to install the tricolor at home, clothes or anywhere. Finally, on 23 January 2004, the auspicious day came when Jindal engulfed the whole country, waving the victory flag from the Supreme Court. After this, Naveen Jindal’s tricolor yatra, which started to spread the feeling of patriotism to the people, continues till date.
Let us tell you that before this victory of Jindal, no person could wear a tricolor cap, lapel pin or use the tricolor in any other form on his clothes. It got its independence due to the efforts of Jindal.
With the efforts of Naveen Jindal, in December 2009, the Home Ministry gave conditional consent to his proposal to hoist the tricolor at night. The ministry said that where there is proper lighting, the tricolor can be hoisted on a building or a giant pole even at night. For this, Jindal has got 72 Kirti Dhwaj pillars installed all over the country. After this, in 2010, Naveen Jindal took the consent of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha that any MP can display his patriotism by putting the tricolor through the lapel pin in the Parliament House.