18. In which colour is the Ashok Chakra printed or embroidered on the Flag?
Ans. The Ashok Chakra in the centre on the white band of our flag is in navy blue.
19. Which colours are mixed to form the Saffron in our Flag?
Ans. Red and yellow colours are mixed in a particular ratio to form the Saffron shade of our flag. Philosophically, the red denotes both valour and action whereas the yellow stands for wisdom.
20. What is the ratio of the length to the width of our National-flag?
Ans. The ratio of the width to the length of the Flag shall ordinarily be two breadths to three breadths. In other words, the ratio is 2 : 3.
21. Which type of fabric can be used for manufacturing the Tiranga to be used by general public?
Ans. Flags meant to be used by general public can be made of any fabric, preferably with hand-spun cotton or silk Khadi. Earlier it was mandatory to be of only Khadi.
22. What type of fabric is to be used for manufacturing Tirangas meant for government offices, its agencies and government officials?
Ans. The flags meant to be used on government buildings are to be mandatorily made only of hand-spun cotton or silk Khadi. Even the stitching thread has to be Khadi for such flags.
23. How many standard sizes of our National-flag are there as per the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the Flag Code of India?
Ans. As per the Flag Code of India and the Indian Bureau of Standards there are nine standard sizes of our National-flag. Earlier, they were only five which were later increased to severn. Flags of larger dimension can be made keeping the ration of 3:2.
THE NINE STANDARD SIZES OF THE FLAG
24. Name the official book / booklet that lays down the Code for the use of our National-flag?
Ans. It is the ‘Flag Code of India’.
25. Can you fly your National-flag at your home or at your work place on all the 365 days of the year?
Ans. Yes. In 2002, the Government of India had allowed citizens to fly the National-flag on all days, but by then it was not a Fundamental Right.
26. Between what time to what time is the National-flag normally flown during day time?
Ans. The Flag is normally flown between sunrise and sunset.
27. On what occasions do we fly the National-flag at half-mast?
Ans. In the event of death of certain dignitaries recognized by the centre/state governments, the National-flag shall be half-mast at certain places and for specified days.
28. Name a few VVIP’S who can fly the Nationalflag on their car?
Ans. The President and Prime-Minister of India, Judges of the Supreme Court, Indian Ambassadors appointed in foreign lands, etc. can fly the National-flag on their car.
29. Can you fly a miniature National-flag inside your car?
Ans. Yes, Indian citizens can fly the National-flag inside their car on the dash board or on the wind screen.
30. Can you write a patriotic slogan or a message on the face of our National-flag?
Ans. No, lettering of any kind is not to be put upon the Flag.
31. Can you print, stitch, embroider Tiranga as a part of your dress or costume? If yes, is there any restriction?
Ans. Yes, you can do so, but not below the waistline.
32. Can you embroider or print the image of Tiranga on cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins or undergarments, etc?
Ans. No, it is not allowed nor it is desirable.
33. How is an old, unclean, multilated or torn National-flag disposed off?
Ans. It is destroyed in whole in private preferably by burning or by any other method consistent with the dignity of the Flag such as burying it deep with respect or by immersing it into the Ganga duly folded.
34. While using the Tiranga on a dead body, how is the Flag placed on the body—horizontally or vertically?
Ans. It is placed horizontally on the chest of the deceased. The saffron band is to touch the neck of the body. The flag must not be placed over the body or coffin like a Chadar to avoid touching the feet of the deceased.
35. How is the Flag placed on the dead body of a person disposed off?
Ans. The flag placed on a dead body is destroyed in private, away from public gaze preferably by burning or burying it deep or immersing it into the Gange.
36. Can a Judge of a High Court fly the Nationalflag on his/her car?
Ans. Yes, the High Court judges can now fly the Nationalflag on their car. Earlier, they were not allowed to do so.
37. Can the National-flag be flown during night? if yes, what are the restrictions?
Ans.The Flag can be flown during night hours provided, it is on a 100ft or above flagpole and is adequately illuminated.
38. On a day when it is raining heavily do you have to lower the National-flag?
Ans. No, the Flag is to fly between sunrise and sunset regardless of weather conditions.
39. When the Tiranga is to be flown with the National-flag of another country which side will the Tiranga be placed or flown — to the right or to the left?
Ans. While flying Tiranga besides another country’s National-flag, it will be placed / flown to the left as one looks at it.
40. In case of death of a VVIP on 25th January or 14th August, or 1st October and a 7 day state mouring is declared, will the Flag fly half-mast the next day on 26th of January, 15th August, or 2nd October as the case may be?
Ans. No, in a such a case, the Flag will fly full-mast on 26th January, the Republic Day similarly on 15th August, the Independence Day and on the Gandhi Jayanti Day.
41. In case of death of a VVIP on Republic Day 26th of January or on Independence day 15th of August or on 2nd of October and a state mourning is declared by the Government, will the Flag fly halfmast on the day?
Ans. No, it will fly full-mast, except on the building where the dead body lies in State. And as the body is removed from there for cremation, the flag will be raised fullmast on the building.
42. When state mourning is declared by the Government on the death of a VVIP are the members of public suppose to fly the Flag at halfmast?
Ans. No, the general public is not suppose to half-mast the flag; however, they may do so at their discretion. It is so because the Flag is to be half-masted only on Govt. buildings on receiving instructions from the Government. Since no instructions are issued to public to half mast the flag, members of public are not obliged to do so.
43. As per convention all jail buildings are suppose to fly the National-flag. After an execution of a prisoner in a particular jail, how will the Flag fly—half-mast or full-mast on the day?
Ans. The flag will fly full-mast on the jail building after execution of a prisoner . However, earlier it used to fly half-mast. In the Navy, if there is a death on board a ship while on the high sea her ensign is half-masted.
44. When a foreign dignitary travels in a car provided by the Government of India or by a State Govern-ment, on which side of the car will the Indian National-flag be flown?
Ans. On the right side of the car and on the left side, the National-flag of the dignitry’s country will be flown.
45. When our National-flag is flown with the United Nation’s Flag, on which side of it will the Tiranga fly?
Ans. When the Tiranga is flown besides the UN Flag, it can be flown on either side of it.