Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Historical decission by K'taka govt, in need of seperate flag!

Historical decission by K'taka govt, in need of seperate flag!

Just about a month before the state goes to polls, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah unveiled on Thursday, 8 March, a new state flag.

The chosen design of the flag incorporates red and yellow strips, with white in the middle and the State emblem is at the centre but without the words "Satyameva Jayate" displayed in the National tricolour keeping various norms in mind.

Quoting certain sources, reports suggest that the yellow colour in the flag symbolises forgiveness, white stands for peace and red for bravery.

Reportedly, in 2014, Patil Puttappa, a 96-year-old veteran journalist and Kannada activist, along with others approached the Karnataka government, demanding a separate official flag for the state. "We will also try and impress upon the Centre to give its approval".

"Let us not forget that it was the former chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda who initiated the move for identifying a state flag".

If Ministry of Home Affairs clears the proposal, Karnataka will be the second state after Jammu and Kashmir to have an official state flag. The saffron party had strongly opposed the state flag idea when it was in power in Karnataka, saying it would be against the unity and integrity of the country.

Siddaramaiah was confident that the Centre will approve the flag as he pointed out that the Constitution does not forbid any State from having its own flag. "The flag was re-designed after considering the history and legal aspects of the Kannada flag. A long cherished dream is coming true." said Siddaramaiah. "Ganda Bherunda', the state emblem of Karnataka, is in the center". The red and yellow unofficial flag was created by Kannada writer and activist Ma Ramamurthy for a pro-Kannada political party called the Kannada Paksha.

The BJP has made a decision to maintain silence over the new Kannada flag fearing that any opposition might cost them votes and the party will be branded as anti-Kannada. An MHA official from Delhi had told TOI earlier that while there is no provision allowing or disallowing such a flag, there has been no precedence.

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