Politics behind separate flag for K'taka issue

Kannada flag

The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka constituted a nine-member committee on Tuesday to design a state flag and look into the legalities of it. The Bharatiya Janata Party has dubbed the initiative as "anti-national".

At present, no state except Jammu and Kashmir has a flag, and the move has evoked a sharp reaction from the BJP which has dubbed it anti-national. Have you come across any such provision in the Constitution? Did BJP people come across the provision?

What does the law say? "Is there was any provision in the Constitution which prohibits the state from having its own flag? State flag is not an alternative to the National Flag", he added.

Incidentally, Karnataka has had an unofficial state flag since the mid 1960s when pro-Kannada groups were agitating against the screening of non-Kannada films in the state.

Currently, only Jammu and Kashmir can have a flag as per the special status it enjoys under Article 370 of the Constitution. Does the Constitution of India permit the state to have its own flag?

"In a country like India, diversity is unity".

In addition, they argue that considering all states have their own insignia and many states also have their own anthems, would having a state flag make a big difference?

The demand of having a separate official flag is not new in the state. He said if BJP is opposing the initiative, they are open to say that they are against a state flag. "It is meant only for Karnataka and is not given any official recognition by the Constitution or the judiciary", he said.

In spite of its informal status, the flag has much currency in indicating support for Kannada identity, language and culture. Ma Ramamurthy, a Bangalore based journalist and activist is credited with this, and designed a yellow flag which later was further redesigned. The issue of giving the northeastern state its own flag is nearly decided, sources told Hindustan Times in this 2016 report. However, the proposal was quashed after seeking the law department's advice. The then Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda made it compulsory to hoist the state flag on government buildings, schools and colleges.

However he also mentioned the point that "The national flag will always fly higher than that of the state flag, there are no two ways about it".

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