Modi signs a Tricolour: Has a PM run afoul of a Flag Code of India?

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Somewhere in a midst of a initial day of his US revisit and a countless handshakes, comfortable tweets and photo-ops that came with it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unwittingly overwhelmed off a controversy.

Image of a autographed Flag presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cook Vikas Khanna. Twitter @ANI_newsImage of a autographed Flag presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cook Vikas Khanna. Twitter @ANI_news

Image of a autographed Flag presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cook Vikas Khanna. Twitter @ANI_news

After a brief communication with luminary cook Vikas Khanna who baked adult a charge for a PM’s assembly with a CEOs of over 40 Fortune 500 companies, Modi autographed some gifts that Khanna would after be presenting to President Barack Obama. The initial was a duplicate of Utsav – A culinary epic of Indian festivals, Khanna’s possess book, and a second was a Indian Flag.

This trusting gesticulate unfortunately appears to violate indicate 2.1(iv) of Section I, Part II of a Flag Code of India, 2002. The territory states: lettering of any kind shall not be put on a Flag. At initial look, a dwindle in doubt looks some-more like an artist’s sense than a central tricolour, however, that counterclaim might not reason water:

Explanation 2 within a same territory of a Flag Code of India, 2002 really comprehensively sums adult that “The countenance ‘Indian National Flag’ includes any picture, painting, sketch or photograph, or other manifest illustration of a Indian National Flag, or of any partial or tools thereof, done of any piece or represented on any substance.

According to NDTV, a dwindle was subsequently taken divided by officials.

Unfortunately for a PM, this is not his initial brush with debate relating to a Indian Flag. In June, Pondicherry-based Dalit romantic V Sundar lodged a censure opposite a Prime Minister for allegedly scornful a National Flag after a set of widely-circulated photographs appeared to etch Modi wiping his persperate with a tricolour.

While supervision officials and (inevitably) a Opposition parties in India — generally given a Bihar choosing is right around a dilemma — are nonetheless to criticism strictly on this latest faux pas, it has expectedly lifted a hackles of some members of a Twitterati, who have been tweeting with a hashtags #ModiInsultsTricolour (or #ModiInsultsTricolor, if we prefer) and #ModiDisrespectsTricolor (for those of a gentler disposition).

Here’s a tiny selection:








Some of a others who have depressed afoul of a Flag Code of India in a past embody a likes of Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Shahrukh Khan, Mallika Sherawat, a existence cooking uncover Masterchef Australia, a organisers of a 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and dual policemen in Punjab.

Meanwhile, DNA quotes the Prevention of Insults To National Honour Act, 1971 (Amended by a Prevention of Insults to National Honour (Amendment) Act, 2003) that states: “Whoever in any open place or in any other place within open perspective burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples on or differently shows disregard to or brings into disregard (whether by words, possibly oral or written, or by acts) a Indian National Flag… shall be punished with seizure for a tenure that might extend to 3 years, or with fine, or with both“.

It’s protected to contend conjunction of those dual things are going to happen.

But could a recoil be on a cards? It can’t be ruled out.