Exclusive: Manipur Tribal Apology for Disrespect to Its National Flag

The recent Independence Day event in Churachandpur, Manipur, organized by tribal groups, showcased a march that raised concerns about the proper display of the national flag. This incident has highlighted the significance of adhering to the Flag Code of India, 2002, and respecting national symbols. While the event’s intention was not to demean the national flag, the unintentional violations serve as a reminder of the importance of understanding and upholding flag etiquette.

During the march, the national flag was displayed in a manner that violated the Flag Code, including instances of the flag being dipped to the side. The Zomi Council Steering Committee, representing the Kuki civil society group, acknowledged the mistake and issued a statement apologizing for the unintended violations. The apology conveyed that the actions were driven by ignorance of the Flag Code, and the group expressed regret for any sentiments that were hurt.

The Indian Flag Code, established in 2002, outlines guidelines for the proper display and handling of the national flag to ensure its dignity and respect. These guidelines are essential to maintain the sanctity of the flag as a symbol of national unity and pride. The recent incident in Churachandpur serves as a reminder that even unintentional violations can have an impact, underscoring the need for awareness and adherence to flag etiquette.

The visuals of the event, which portrayed individuals dressed in military attire and carrying replica assault rifles, led to controversies and debates on social media. In a region already grappling with ethnic tensions, the optics of the event further intensified the discussions. It’s important to note that the parade participants clarified that the assault rifles were not real, but the symbolism ignited concerns amid the ongoing ethnic clashes.

Sumann Senguptaa

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