Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Karnataka's new flag unfurled

Karnataka's new flag unfurled

The new state flag of Karnataka comprises of red, white and yellow colour and has a white space in middle having the state emblem "Ganda Bherunda", representing a two-headed mythical bird.

If adopted with clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Karnataka will be the second state after Kashmir to have an official state flag.

At the heart of the flag is the official emblem of the state, the coat of arms of the erstwhile state of Mysore. Siddaramaiah met a delegation of pro-Kannada activists who initially were not happy with the change in the design but have now given their nod.

The nine-member flag committee, which chose to have three colours and the emblem, met Siddaramaiah along with prominent names from several Kannada organisations and literature.

"Today we took a historic decision to adopt a Karnataka state flag".

The Congress government in the state had set up a nine-member committee in 2017 to design the flag.

It is unfurled every year on November 1, Karnataka's foundation day, and at public places across the state.

Siddaramaiah unveiled the flag after chairing a meeting of pro-Kannada organisations, activists and literary personalities, where they unanimously approved the design. At the heart of the flag is the official emblem of the state.

Before Sikkim was annexed, it had its own national flag, with a Buddhist prayer wheel in the centre.

"Let us not forget that it was former chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda (of the BJP) who initiated the move for identifying a state flag". "We will press upon the Centre to clear this soon". Along with the fight against Hindi imposition, this new flag has put the BJP in a quandary.

An expert committee was constituted following representation from journalist and writer Patil Puttappa that the state has its own flag. Did BJP people come across any provision,"Siddaramaiah said. Also, nuances like what would be the protocol and code for the flag among other issues", he had said.

Narendar Pani, a political analyst and professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) says the flag is part of Siddaramaiah's larger plan of bringing Kannada identity to the fore, which has defined his style of politics.

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