Sales of tricolour soar braving CAA ‘division’

New Delhi: Notwithstanding the prevailing ‘division’ in Indian society related to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), reports reaching the National Capital, days ahead of the 71st Republic Day, said sales of ‘tiranga’ are soaring across the country as for all sides of the political equation, this is ‘the trendy calling card’.
According to the report, first is the Indian appetite for holding aloft the tricolor that Hyderabad has already run out of stock.
The Republic day is just four days away and various states, Union Territories and central agencies are now giving final touches to their tableau for the morning parade on Rajpath on Sunday.
From citizens opposing CAA-National Register of Citizens (NRC) to those in support, everyone has been seen waving the national flag lately very often.
Politicians and intellectuals are speechifying endlessly about nationalism in different forums but the tricolour in the ordinary citizen’s hands does the job ‘so much more reassuringly’.
Of course there are also those who espouse violence flag in hand , but the ‘tiranga’ was designed to support that it is moral values like truth and dharma that illuminate India’s civilisational quest.
The tricolour’s journey from flagpoles and government buildings to handheld glory parallels the rise of colour televisions in India.
Asked to comment on the increasing demand of tricolour despite the political parties’ ‘poles apart’ existence, sociologist Nitin Anand said, ‘Recall the singular tricolor among fans mobbing the 1983 World Cup winning team at lawns or the children in saffron, white and green who run in flag formation at the end of ‘mile sur mera tumhara’ telecast first on Independence Day in 1988-or the vicarious pleasure in watching the ‘tiranga’ on Sachin Tendulkar’s iconic helmet.’
Mr Anand went on saying, ‘Of course, it also helped that the states’ parsimonious rationing of flag hoisting days for private individuals were finally broken by the Supreme Court ruling in 2004 that these violated the fundamental right to free expression.’
Fashion Designer-turned activist Ritu Deshmukh, when her view was sought on the matter, maintained, ‘From cloth, paper and polluting plastic, our National Flags’ trendiest avatar has been as body art. Those dabbing their face and bodies in tricoloured paint need have no shame-unlike those who carelessly dump their flags after first use, leaving the conscientious few to clean up the streets after then.’
On a melancholic note, Ms Deshmukh concluded,’Keep in mind also the poorest face in the crowd, setting the flags at stadiums, protests and Rajpaths to earn a square meal a day. She is the tiranga’s luckless child.’
Fifteen states, one Union Territory and six ministries or departments were selected to present their tableaus on Republic Day this year.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened across the country, including Delhi, to help celebrate the 71st Republic day on January 26 as a ‘grand success’.