Though Indians got their freedom on 15th August 1947, Indian Flag is still not free. It is chained with sanctity, incarcerated by tradition, guarded zealously by peevish Indians whose only claim to greatness is their orthodoxy and antiquity. Though Naveen Jindal fought to set Indian Flag free, allowing ordinary Indians to raise the flag, it still remains inaccessible to the common man.
After coming back from living abroad, it was my dream that one day I will keep the Indian flag high and big at my workplace. Hearing that a common man can now raise the flag even at nights, we raised the Indian Flag on the 15th August and decided to keep it aloft on a tall mast for all times to come, brimming with pride. That lasted just one day.
The next day the police swooped onto us and asked us to remove it – they were not aware of the new flag code nor do they want to hear it from us. When I checked the flag code and recent updates, it says that if you intend to keep it up in the night, then it should be ‘well-illuminated’. Now, there enters the subjectivity – ‘well-illumination’. What does that mean? The police, which was bent on denying this right to us, has an upper hand there. Since he doesn’t want the flag up there, he does not agree that it is ‘well-illuminated’. Try arguing with the local police what ‘well-illumination’ means.