"A flag is a necessity of all nations. Millions have died for it. It is no doubt a kind of idolatry, which it would be a sin to destroy. For a flag represents as ideal. The unfurling of the Union jack in the English breast evokes sentiments whose strength it is difficult to measure. The Stars and Stripes mean a world to the Americans. The Star and the Crescent will call forth the best bravery of Islam. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Parsis and all others to whom India is their home to recognize a common flag to live and die for." -Mahatma Gandhi
Flag Foundation of India ( www.flagfoundationofindia.in ) was set up as a registered society under the societies registration act of 1980, a non-profit body in January 2002, after Mr. Naveen Jindal won nearly a decade long legal battle that enabled all Indians to display our National Flag with honour and pride at their homes, offices and factories on all days of the year.
About Freedom Book
'Freedom' compiled by Shallu Jindal brings together the words and ideas of a nation as diverse as India. It is a tribute to the legendary men and women who contributed to India's independence. At the same time, the book expresses what Indians feel for India. The message of the book is of secularism, unity and brotherhood. It is a celebration of all that is Indian - and makes for a perfect gift book for all times.
The book is in colour, designed in the colours of the Indian flag, with quotes, ideas, poems, and excerpts from speeches by well-known Indians. Each copy of the book has an attached ribbon bookmark which holds a colored metal Indian flag at the end. The book is interspersed with spectacular photographs from various parts of India that lend themselves to the words or ideas expressed through the book. The personalities quoted in the book range from well-known contemporary Indian writers, thinkers, politicians, artists to legendary poets, spiritual leaders, freedom fighters, as well as former Prime Ministers and former Presidents.
The concept of the book, its unique size, and design make for an ideal souvenir from India. The book encapsulates India's rich history and architectural heritage, as well as its vast literature and poetry and blends it with the wisdom of our spiritual gurus and political leaders. It is a book for all ages - and for people from all parts of the world. It's really 'India in your pocket'. It has been published by Flag Foundation of India in collaboration with Natraj Publishers.
About Tiranga Book
The Tricolour is a common factor of inspiration for every Indian it is indeed a true expression of pride for our mother land. To take this victory beyond pure symbolism and translate it into action, Flag Foundation of India is undertaking various projects motivating the people of our country to draw inspiration from the National Flag and work for the betterment of the nation.
As the Vice-President of the Flag Foundation of India Ms. Jindal thought of many ideas through which the ideals of the Tricolour could be spread all over the world. One of them has been the Traveling Exhibition to which Ms. Jindal gave her unstinted devotion to. For over two years she worked with the noted photographers Samar and Vijay Jodha to bring together a book Tiranga: A Celebration of the Indian Flag, which extends the same philosophy to the world of photography.
The book was extremely well received and that is when the idea of the book becoming the core of a traveling exhibition mooted. The very first exhibition was held in the national exhibition at the prestigious Visual Arts Gallery at the India Habitat Centre. Thereafter the exhibition has travelled to Jaipur to be a part of the unique annual festival which the pink city hosts, Virasaat. Thereafter the exhibition went to India's economic hub and financial capital Mumbai where for over ten days it enthralled a captivated audience.
The exhibition then travelled to one of the most important landmarks in London, The Nehru Centre where it was held in the third week of January, culminating on India's Republic Day on January 26th 2007. According to Ms. Jindal "We had a lot of appeal for people in London not only because of its theme or the fact that the images have been taken in various parts of India but because it represents the best of Indian photography". The exhibition had also been exhibited at Epicentre, Gurgaon in August 2008 to mark the Indian Independence Day.
The exhibition is not just an art project though but is gathering momentum through which people all over the world and the young in India would come to know everything beautiful that India has come to represent in the modern world. An ancient nation very much working in tandem and harmony with the needs, expectations and objectives of the modern world.
The Yuva Hindustani Campaign
Flag Foundation of India was set up as a registered society under the societies registration act of 1980, a non-profit body in January 2002, after Mr. Naveen Jindal won a seven-year long court battle that enabled all Indians to display our National Flag with honour and pride at their homes, offices and factories on all days of the year. As the Tricolour is our greatest national symbol, the National Flag and its colours are now a close part of Indian life expressing pride in our country. To take this victory beyond pure symbolism and translate it into action, Flag Foundation of India is undertaking various projects motivating the people of our country to draw inspiration from the National Flag and work for the betterment of the nation.
At this time when 54 percent of Indians are below 25 years of age and we are now among the youngest nations on the globe the Flag Foundation takes pride in launching a mass movement of the youth, for the nation -Yuva Hindustani This revolutionary movement will bring together the vibrant youth that aims to be the instrument of change in our country to make India and its people proud happy and prosperous.
I remember, and many in this House will remember, how we looked up to this Flag not only with pride and enthusiasm but with tingling in our veins and also how when we were sometimes down and out, the sight of this flag gave us courage to go on. Then, many who are not present here today, many of our comrades who have passed, held on to this Flag, some amongst them even unto death, and handed it over as they sank, to others to hold aloft. - Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
The flag under which we are standing is not just a piece of cloth. This is a symbol of the sacrifices made in our struggle for freedom, later on the sacrifices by our brave soldiers on our borders in various wars and now of those who with their hard labor are engaged in the struggle for India’s progress and also of our promising youth. Our flag and our National Anthem are no ordinary things. They unite the country and bind it together and that is why I want to say that the glory of the flag must be protected at the cost of life. - Indira Gandhi
The most important and valued identification of any human being is his nationality. The most important and valued identification of any nation is its flag. The national-Flag evokes emotion, strength, power and independence. It is the bounden duty of all to be enveloped always with such feelings. - Amitabh Bachchan "Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacities. She has the right to participate in the minutest details in the activities of man, and she has an equal right of freedom and liberty with him" - Mahatma Gandhi