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Keep flag height at 100 ft in universities: Naveen Jindal to Smriti Irani

On February 18, the vice-chancellors of 39 central universities adopted the resolution on hoisting the national flag at a meeting called by Irani.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi |
March 16, 2016 1:53:58 am
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Less than a month after all central universities resolved to install the national flag “prominently and proudly” on their campus to instil nationalism in students, industrialist and former Lok Sabha MP Naveen Jindal has written to HRD Minister Smriti Irani suggesting the institutions hoist the tricolor at a height of 100 feet.

Writing to Irani on behalf of the Flag Foundation of India, Jindal, in a letter sent on February 24, has also recommended that the central universities also use “parachute material” for tailoring the tricolor as the material has “longer life and durability” than khadi. The Indian Express has accessed a copy of the letter.

On February 18, the vice-chancellors of 39 central universities adopted the resolution on hoisting the national flag at a meeting called by Irani. Although, the exact dimension and material of the flag and the height at which it should be hoisted were not discussed, it was said that the government wanted universities to implement the resolution along the lines of the 207-feet flag installed by Jindal’s foundation at Connaught Place in Delhi.

Jindal’s letter was sent in response to this resolution and the speculated height of 207 feet. “I recommended these flags be hoisted on 100-feet poles as its will cost less; almost one-fifth of the cost of the 207-feet flag poles. These are easier to maintain and also look as graceful and majestic as the flags on 207-feet tall poles,” he wrote,

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“Through our experience, it is advisable to use the parachute material for the flag. It is pertinent to mention here that Ministry of Home Affairs has already approved usage of this cloth for manufacturing of the flag. This material has a longer life and durability than the khadi cloth. Also since this material is lighter it can flutter even in light breeze,” the letter states.

It’s not clear if the ministry will act on Jindal’s suggestions or forward his letter to the central universities. HRD Ministry spokesperson Ghanshyam Goel did not respond to questions emailed.

In 2004, the Supreme Court had ruled in Jindal’s favour, allowing all Indian citizens to hoist the flag on all days of the year. The Flag Foundation of India has since installed monumental flag masts at 65 locations across the country. Speaking to The Indian Express, the former MP said that he took the liberty of advising the government because of this “extensive experience”.

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