‘Polyester Material Used for Indian Flag is Insult to Freedom Struggle’-MLA UT Khader
Mangaluru: Briefing the media, Deputy leader of the opposition in the assembly MLA UT Khader said, “The Central government decision to allow polyester cloth material, instead of khadi, for the tricolour is an insult to the freedom movement of the country. When the British introduced polyester clothes in India, Mahatma Gandhi had given a call for the Swaraj and Swadeshi movements to encourage the production and exclusive consumption of hand-spun, hand-woven cloth of Khadi.
Khader further said, “Khadi and charkha were a symbol of patriotism and freedom struggle. The tricolour is not just a piece of cloth but has its own sanctity and emotions of patriotism attached to it. It is a symbol of sacrifices made by freedom fighters. Khadi was used to overthrow the British administration in the country. Hence, the government should protect the sanctity of the tricolour”.
“The government has been promoting ‘Videshi’ by allowing the import of polyester materials for manufacturing the tricolour as a part of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign. I urge the Central government to review the decision. The Central government has also not issued any proper guidelines on the hoisting of the national flag on houses and business establishments. The government has not made arrangements to supply a sufficient number of flags” added Khader.
He also said “In villages with 1,000 to 2,000 houses, only 300 tricolours are supplied. Even the recent meeting chaired by district minister V Sunil Kumar too has not elaborated on guidelines. Several tricolours that were supplied to the district are defective. Meanwhile, the price of tricolours sold in post offices, banks and other places varies. The ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign should have been implemented effectively. And during ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Centre should have insisted citizens use Khadi and thereby promote it across the nation. To commemorate 75 years of Indian Independence, the government should have announced houses for all poor, who do not have shelter in the country”.