City youngsters have different notions of the tricolor of nations

Indore (Madhya Pradesh): The national flag is an international symbol of the prosperity of the nation. The Indian flag is a stripe made up of three colors and the Chakra symbol, where each color signifies a different meaning. The saffron on top signifies the strength and courage of the country; the center represents peace and truth; and the green color at the bottom signifies the fertility, growth and auspiciousness of the earth. The Ashoka Chakra, also called Dharma Chakra, is centrally placed and has 24 spokes signifying that there is life in movement and death in stagnation.

Free Press surveyed 60 young people, including university students, about the meaning of the three colors of the national flag and only about 25% were able to answer questions about the flag. But, interestingly, each individual has a different idea and meaning of colors. Dheer Gupta, a citizen, said, “It’s a certain direct question and I need time to remember it. But, as far as I know, the color saffron means strength, white represents peace, and green represents agricultural prosperity.

Medha Shukla, another citizen, said the colors of the flag – saffron, white and green – represent power, peace and satiety respectively. She added: ‘I think these things were only taught in the schools’ GK books, and the way we passed the test was by cramming. This makes it difficult for everyone to remember the exact meaning of these colors.

Among the crowd, about 20 people said the flag was colored orange instead of saffron, but were reluctant to reveal their identities.

Vox populi

‘The saffron in the Indian flag for me represents courage, white for very precious peace and green for fertile land. The Dharma Chakra represents the diversity of religions which is a very important quality of India’ — Tanya Jethwani, university student

‘The Indian national flag depicts India’s long struggle for freedom. It signifies India’s status as an independent republic. Saffron represents the symbol of courage and sacrifice. White represents honesty, purity and peace among citizens. Green is a pledge of faith, prosperity, dynamism and courtesy. The Ashok Chakra is also known as the Dharma Chakra or the Wheel of Law. It has 24 spokes and appears on a number of Ashoka’s orders. — Khushi Raj, university student

“The saffron strip is a symbol of sacrifice. The green band at the bottom represents happiness. The white stripe in the middle represents peace and purity. First, there was the spinning wheel in the center which was replaced by Ashoka’s “Dharam Chakra” with 24 points which represent the continuous growth and progress of the country. — Muskan Ransore, Citizen

“Saffron is the color of the bravery of the soldiers who protect the nation. White represents peace and green represents greenery, primarily the nation’s agricultural prosperity. The 24 lines of the Ashok Chakra indicate 24 hours of the day’ — Anishka Burde, citizen

“Saffron represents the renunciation of disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gain and devote themselves to their work. White represents light, the path of truth to guide our conduct. Green represents the relationship to the soil, our relationship to the plant. The Ashok chakra seen on the Indian national flag is rendered in a navy blue color on a white background. The Ashoka Chakra has 24 rays which inspire every Indian to work tirelessly for 24 hours. — Girija Wdhwani, university student

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