New York: Modi signs national flag, sparks controversy

New York (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sparked a controversy by autographing an Indian flag to be gifted to US President Barack Obama by celebrity chef Vikas Khanna, evoking sharp reactions over the alleged violation of the flag code.

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Social media was abuzz with the issue of Modi signing on the tricolour which Khanna said he will hand over to Obama.

Khanna had prepared the menu for the Prime Minister’s dinner with Fortune 500 CEOs last night.

The chef also displayed the signed tricolour to the media.

However, the flag was later reportedly taken away by officials after the controversy erupted to check whether there was any violation of the flag code.

The Indian Flag Code, 2002, states that putting any kind of inscription upon the Indian national flag is construed as disrespect to the flag. It also states that lettering of any kind shall not be put on the tricolour.

The reactions in the virtual world came thick and fast as the controversy continued to rage.

Asked whether the Prime Minister’s action of signing on a national flag was an offence under IPC, Congress Party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said in New Delhi, “we are not petty like BJP. We respect the office of the Prime Minister”.

At the same time, he said that the Prime Minister 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.

“However high you may be, the National flag is above you, you should understand this,” Surjewala said.

Congress leader Manish Tewari tweeted, “Has PM read Para 2.1 sub para 6& Para 3.28 of Flag Code 2002 that states lettering on National Flag is misuse.3 yrs jail under PINH Act 2003.”

Prime Minister told the chef that he had done him proud by preparing an elaborate menu for his guests — over 50 top American CEOs who met him at the Waldorf Astoria hotel here.


  1. New York: Modi signs national flag, sparks controversy.

    Modi and RSS are against our national tricolour flag. The RSS had insisted that the Bhagava Dhvaj should be our national flag. At the Nagpur Head Quarter of the RSS, the National tricolour was not hoisted. But they find fault with the Muslim extremists not hoisting our national flag in their premises!

    This being the case, there is no wonder about what Modi did as reported in this news item!

  2. Dear readers,

    On yoga day, modi wipes sweat with National flag, now signs on national flag. Does the PM have no knowledge of National Flag Rules ?

    According to the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, amended by the Prevention of Insults to National Honour (Amendment) Act, 2005, “Whoever in any public place or in any other place within public view burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or *otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts) the Indian National Flag or the Constitution of India or any part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.

    The question is raised by the ones who don’t hoist Indian National flag for 52 years at their ‘Shakas’,but force Vice president to prove his patriotism.Even our PM does not know the protocol and the constitution.Still they talk about ‘Indian culture’,’psyche do science’,’wonderland history’ and even address state dignitaries M-R-S for Mrs.

    Now it is time for Modi’s PR consultant APCO worldwide should enroll him back to school.

    Jai Hind

    • Dear Sharia Shaikh,
      Do you respect Indian national flag or your black-flag ? Also, do you sing vande maataram? Do you respect mother india? Answer these before questioning Modiji’s knowledge.

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