#ModiDisrespectsTricolor Trends On Twitter After Prime Minister Signs It

| September 26 , 2015 , 07:05 IST
First Prime Minister Narendra Modi got the 'ire' in Ireland with his comments on Sanskrit, now its the Tricolour! A controversy erupted on Friday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi autographed an Indian “flag” to be gifted to US President Barack Obama by celebrity chef Vikas Khanna, evoking sharp reactions after which the government insisted that it was not the national tricolor. [caption id="attachment_130558" align="aligncenter" width="700"]PM Modi signs Indian flag Autograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a cloth painting done by a differently-abled girl. (Photo: PTI)[/caption] Commenting on the flag, chef Vikas Khanna said, “Prime Minster has given this flag for President Obama, I will be meeting him." The controversy came to light when a hand painted 'cloth' which happened to have the three colours of our national flag painted was autographed at the request of a differently-abled girl of Smile Foundation. Chef Vikas Khanna came out to suggest it was the 'Make in India' insignia with Ashoka chakra gears on it. ALSO READ: Did PM Modi Violate Indian Flag Code In New York? The Indian Flag Code, 2002, Part II, Section 3, Explanation 4- point (f) clearly states that putting any kind of inscription upon the Indian National Flag is construed as a disrespect to the honour of the flag. And also the Indian Flag Code, 2002, Part II, Section I, 2.1 subset (iv) also states that lettering of any kind shall not be put upon the Indian National Flag. The Prevention of Insults To National Honour Act, 1971 (Amended by the Prevention of Insults to National Honour (Amendment) Act, 2003) states: “Whoever in any public place or in any other place within public view burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts) the Indian National Flag………. or any part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.” Obviously, social media went nuts on it: Maybe it's time to relax a bit, like one Twitterati mentions it, in some countries their national flag is even printed on footwear. Maybe, the act surrounding the use of Indian flag should ease up as long as the intent of use is not anti-national.