Mangaluru: Breaking News! Mangaluru made history as the first City in Karnataka State to hoist/unfurl the largest “Tiranga”-the mighty tricolor Indian National flag. Saraswat Education Society(SES), based in Mangaluru for the last 145 years to commemorate 69th Independence Day celebration in the City, unfurled the 305m long Indian tricolor flag- and to do this honor was DK Deputy Commissioner AB Ibrahim, in the presence of AS Ramachandra Rao-CEO of SES, Mahesh L Bondal-Secretary of SES and other society board members.
The 305m long flag was unfurled at 7.45am on Saturday, 15 August by the DC on the Ganapathy High School Road near Sharavu Mahaganapathy Temple junction. After unfurling the flag, more than 1000, including nearly 800 students belonging to Ganapathy English Medium School, and Ganapathy PU College; and nearly 200 students of Parijnana PU College and Anandashram School-Kotekar ( both schools run by the society) assembled together to hold the flag. One end of the 305m long flag was held by students on one flank of the road from Sri Mahalakshmi Ganapathi Temple junction and the other end of the flag will be held by the students stationed near Hampankatta Circle.
Speaking at the occasion AS Ramachandra Rao-CEO of Saraswat Education Society (SES) said, ” This flag which is the largest in the State will revive the spirit of Independence and also remember the people who sacrificed for the nation. The ‘Tiranga’ which represents the hopes and aspirations of the people of India is an embodiment of our national pride. This project was dedicated to the memory of freedom fighters and brave soldiers who sacrificed everything for the sake of the nation, patriotic citizens and people who are involved in the protection and security of the country. SES dedicated towards the transformation of the Education, social and cultural life of students has taken on the onus of unfurling this large flag. The students were all excited to hold this flag today, to mark 69th Independence Day”.
DC AB Ibrahim after unfurling the flag said, ” This is an historic moment for the city of Mangaluru and Mangalureans. Unfurling a maga tricolor national flag on this memorable day is something unique and will be remembered by everyone for years to come. I compliment the SES members for coming up with such a unique project, thereby paying rich tribute to Independence Day and to all those who sacrificed to bring freedom to all of us”.
According to sources, the flag was stitched by a Hyderabad-based company which took nearly four weeks to finish it. The company had done the field test before shipping it to SES, and the fabric used for the flag was as per the Flag code, and all rules laid down in the Flag Code, 1950 had been strictly followed in order to unfurl this flag today, on Independence day.
It is also learnt that since Ganapathy PU College NSS Unit was adjudged the best unit out of the nearly 4000 Pre-University Colleges in the State, and also that school’s Scouts and Guides team was adjudged the best march past team at a Scouts and Guides Meet, the Society Board members had decided to something unique for the Independence Day. With the help of donations from financial institutions and well-wishers, the Society was able to come up with this mega Tiranga.
Speaking to Mangalorean.com Ramachandra Rao said, “The largest Tiranga, given the universal affection, respect for, and loyalty to the National Flag, would be a symbol of the country’s patriotic zeal. It was our proud privilege and honour to hoist the Tiranga in the august company of our respected guests. I am extremely grateful to the SES committee members, management, staff and students of all our Education Institutions, and the general public for their support at this proud moment that brought name and fame to Mangaluru. Thanks to everyone who made this event successful- and thank God for blessing us with a rainless weather”.