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Naveen Jindal calls for India to mark 23 January as National Flag Day


CUTTACK, OCT 14, 2023

“We should mark 23 January as National Flag Day as it is the day we earned the right to display our national flag freely with respect and dignity,” said Flag Foundation of India (FFoI) President and Jindal Steel & Power (JSP) Chairman Naveen Jindal while addressing students at the Ravenshaw University here on the occasion of hoisting a monumental national flag on its campus.

“Most countries in the world have a National Flag Day to celebrate the national flag and its values. It is time for India to have a National Flag Day too and 23 January is an apt day for this,” said Jindal.

It may be recalled that Jindal fought a decade-long legal battle to grant every Indian the right to fly and display our National Flag with pride, dignity and honour. On this day in 2004, the Supreme Court of India ruled that all Indians have the fundamental right to display the Indian flag freely with respect and dignity.

The JSP Chairman, along with Cuttack Municipal Corporation Mayor Subhash Singh, Choudwar-Cuttack MLA Souvic Biswal, CMC Commissioner Nikhil Pavan Kalyan, Ravenshaw University Vice Chancellor Sanjay Kumar Nayak and Registrar KC Malik hoisted the mammoth 36 ft x 24 ft Tiranga on a 108-feet high monumental flagpole installed by the Flag Foundation of India at the historic Ravenshaw University campus in Cuttack.

“Installation of 108-feet National Flag at this prestigious educational institution, with its rich history, will instil a sense of nationalism among the teachers and students,” Jindal said.

In his address, CMC Mayor Singh appreciated Jindal’s significant contributions to the state’s development, mainly through substantial investments in industrialisation.

MLA Biswal commended Jindal for his unwavering commitment to spreading the ideals of nationalism by installing monumental flags across India.

Taking a stroll through the University campus, Jindal admired the British-era heritage academic buildings with gothic architecture and commended the government of Odisha and the University management for their commitment to preserve the monumental structures and creating an illustrious educational legacy of this renowned institute. He called for appropriate academic collaboration between OP Jindal Global University, the No.1 private University of India and the Ravenshaw University.

Professor of Political Science Asima Sahu, President of Ravenshaw University Teachers’ Association Dharmabrata Mohapatra, FFoI’s CEO Ashim Kohli, JSP’s President and Group Head (CSR & Education) Prashant Kumar Hota and other senior officials of the University were present on the occasion.

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