When the National Flag Flies High #UBC Day 4

The 4th day of the UBC coincides with America’s Independence Day.

The participants have been asked to consider this a holiday and post a patriotic picture instead.

Actually, today is holiday in my part of the world – the start of Lord Vishnu’s four month vacation.Strangely, this holiday is marked by a day of fasting rather than feasting ! This is to remind us that the four months ahead are rough, as we have to look out for ourselves.Image of Mr Modi in Tel Aviv

Getting back to the challenge, I’d like to share the picture of our National Flag or the Tiranga that is particularly flying high today with the visit of our Prime Minister to Tel Aviv.

India and Israel share ancient ties by the way. Did you know that Jewish traders arrived in Cochin as early as 562 BC ? Did you also know that there was a Jewish settlement in Cochin in 70 CE ?

Today I felt a sense of pride as I saw our flag fluttering at the Veteran’s Memorial in Pune.

For those who don’t know the symbolism of our flag I would like to quote Dr.Radhakrishnan, our 2nd President .

 Bhagwa or the saffron colour denotes renunciation or disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work. The white in the centre is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct. The green shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends. The “Ashoka Chakra” in the centre of the white is the wheel of the law of dharma. Truth or satya, dharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principle of those who work under this flag. Again, the wheel denotes motion. There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement. India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward. The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change.

Indeed I can’t think of any symbol more patriotic than a national flag . Can you ?

Image for BellyBytes

Ps . Hope you have a happy 4th !



A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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8 Responses

  1. Danny Simon says:

    I personally think it’s great that our PM visited Israel! I think it’s a great gesture!
    And yes, nothing can be more patriotic than our national flag!

  2. Shilpa Garg says:

    Oh yes, our national flag invokes in us a sense of pride and patriotism. I get pretty moved by our national anthem too.
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  3. Rajlakshmi says:

    The flag does that to me too. It evokes such strong patriotic feelings… More so because it reminds me of the struggle of freedom that we read in our schools. I was deeply affected by those stories and till now I when I see the flag, I am reminded of those sacrifices. Even the symbolism of our flag is so beautiful and meaningful ?
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  4. Jacqui says:

    Interesting post. I love the pride and patriotism that came through.
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  5. Megan Jerrard says:

    Hope you had a happy 4th! I had no idea that UBC day was also celebrated on the same day as American Independence. Interesting that this starts with fasting rather than feasting! Thanks for the insights – I love learning about holidays in different cultures.

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