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A lotus outlined in green, blue or white against a saffron background next to a slab of green is a rather pretty logo for any political party.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 00:11 IST

A lotus outlined in green, blue or white against a saffron background next to a slab of green: one would think it to be a rather pretty logo for any political party worth its aesthetics. But the news is that the president of the BJP recently had plans for a redesign of the party flag. According to the extremely reliable party publication Panchajanya, Rajnath Singh had suggested that the BJP flag be converted to an all-saffron affair from its present saffron’n’green combo. Now, why of why would he have wanted to do that?

L.K. Advani, the man who knows more than a bit about colours, sofa covers, automobile accessories and that kind of thing, has rightly shot down the proposal. One is talking about a party flag here, not the party t-shirt — which could have made sense without the clashing green with the saffron. But it’s funny that the topic should be about a bit of green in the BJP flag. Green, a section of Sangh parivar leaders allegedly feel, symbolises not the party’s relation to the soil (as is the case with the national tricolour) or the colour of emerald (which any roadside astrologer will tell you suggests the powers of communication, intuition and intellect), but Muslims.

We don’t know whether Mr Singh wanted to re-communicate the BJP’s subtle message of being a Hindu-party- and-only-a-Hindu-party-thank-you-very-much to party supporters. But as far as design and aesthetics go, the green does look better. In any case, without it, it would be confusing, wouldn’t it? Chuck out the lotus along with the green and the BJP flag would look suspiciously like the bhagwa dhwaj.