Outrage on Twitter: Did Modi insult the national flag again?

According to the Indian Flag Code, writing or signing on the flag is construed as a violation.

 |  2-minute read |   25-09-2015
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It seems Prime Minister Narendra Modi in America is always a recipe for some controversy or the other. On Thursday, he signed an Indian flag to be gifted to US President Barack Obama, which he handed to chef Vikas Khanna.

According to the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, amended by the Prevention of Insults to National Honour (Amendment) Act, 2005, “Whoever in any public place or in any other place within public view burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or *otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts) the Indian National Flag or the Constitution of India or any part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.

If the tweet by news agency ANI is to be believed, what Modi did attracts clause (f) of Explanation 4 of the Act - which says “putting any kind of inscription upon the Indian National Flag” – and clause (l) – “intentionally displaying the Indian National Flag with the “saffron” down”.

This is the second occasion when Modi is being accused of insulting the National Flag. On the World Yoga Day on June 21, the prime minister was reportedly seen wiping his face with the tri-colour which he had draped on his shoulder. He was heavily criticised for that. A police complaint was also lodged in Puducherry for allegedly the National Flag. And now, giving his autograph on the National Flag turned upside down has led people to come down heavily on him.

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