At a time when urchins and beggars are beginning to push-sell tri-colour flags to motorists at crossroads, a 13-year-old boy has appealed that the national flags are not treated with dishonour once the Independence Day celebrations are over.
Perturbed over the fact that people do not care for the flags after the Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations are over, a class VI student from Vadodara has written a letter to the district collector requesting him to issue strict orders regarding the issue.
Zubin Bhatt has written to the district collector that the national flag is saluted in the mornings of January 26 and August 15 but by evening the miniature flags, especially the plastic versions, are scattered along the roadsides or trampled under the feet of people or car wheels.
“It is shameful for all Indians to salute the flag in the morning of August 15 and January 26 and throw them on the road by evening”, an anguished Zubin wrote.
Vadodara District Collector Vijay Nehra confirmed that he had received the letter from Zubin.
According to him, though people, in general, respect the national flag, Zubin has made a valid point about the proper disposal of the flags once the celebrations are over. “I have passed on the letter to the department concerned for appropriate action”, the district collector told Hindustan Times.
Zubin’s mother Snehalben said the young boy was really sad to see the plastic flags littered all over the place after the celebrations end. “People and educational institutions need to be made aware that the flags should be treated properly even after the saluting events are over,” Snehalben told Hindustan Times from Vadodara.