September 26, 2015 12:00:54 am
A controversy erupted when it was reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi allegedly autographed an Indian “flag” to be gifted to US President Barack Obama by celebrity chef Vikas Khanna. The incident evoked sharp criticism while the government insisted that it was not the tricolour.
Frank Noronha, Director General (Media and Communication), Press Information Bureau, said the “cloth” was not a flag, but an artwork by Khanna’s physically-challenged daughter.
“The piece of cloth does not have white colour nor the wheel… It has been prepared by Khanna’s daughter with her toe and the Prime Minister was compassionate,” Noronha said. He also termed as “absolutely false” that it had been confiscated.
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Meanwhile, the reports created furore on social media and the Congress was quick to react. The party’s communication department head Randeep Surjewala said, “We certainly expect the Prime Minister of the country would not insult the national flag. It is the fundamental responsibility of 130 crore Indians to respect the flag. We are not demanding any action because we respect the post of the Prime Minister. However high you may be, the national flag is above you, you should understand this.”
He said Modi must look within and take corrective action as respect for the national flag is the responsibility of 125 crore people, more so for the Prime Minister.-PTI Inputs
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