"A flag is a necessity of all nations. Millions have died for it. It is no doubt a kind of idolatry, which it would be a sin to destroy. For a flag represents as ideal. The unfurling of the Union jack in the English breast evokes sentiments whose strength it is difficult to measure. The Stars and Stripes mean a world to the Americans. The Star and the Crescent will call forth the best bravery of Islam. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Parsis and all others to whom India is their home to recognize a common flag to live and die for." -Mahatma Gandhi
Flag Foundation of India ( www.flagfoundationofindia.in ) was set up as a registered society under the societies registration act of 1980, a non-profit body in January 2002, after Mr. Naveen Jindal won nearly a decade long legal battle that enabled all Indians to display our National Flag with honour and pride at their homes, offices and factories on all days of the year.
About Freedom Book
'Freedom' compiled by Shallu Jindal brings together the words and ideas of a nation as diverse as India. It is a tribute to the legendary men and women who contributed to India's independence. At the same time, the book expresses what Indians feel for India. The message of the book is of secularism, unity and brotherhood. It is a celebration of all that is Indian - and makes for a perfect gift book for all times.
The book is in colour, designed in the colours of the Indian flag, with quotes, ideas, poems, and excerpts from speeches by well-known Indians. Each copy of the book has an attached ribbon bookmark which holds a colored metal Indian flag at the end. The book is interspersed with spectacular photographs from various parts of India that lend themselves to the words or ideas expressed through the book. The personalities quoted in the book range from well-known contemporary Indian writers, thinkers, politicians, artists to legendary poets, spiritual leaders, freedom fighters, as well as former Prime Ministers and former Presidents.
The concept of the book, its unique size, and design make for an ideal souvenir from India. The book encapsulates India's rich history and architectural heritage, as well as its vast literature and poetry and blends it with the wisdom of our spiritual gurus and political leaders. It is a book for all ages - and for people from all parts of the world. It's really 'India in your pocket'. It has been published by Flag Foundation of India in collaboration with Natraj Publishers.
About Tiranga Book
The Tricolour is a common factor of inspiration for every Indian it is indeed a true expression of pride for our mother land. To take this victory beyond pure symbolism and translate it into action, Flag Foundation of India is undertaking various projects motivating the people of our country to draw inspiration from the National Flag and work for the betterment of the nation.
As the Vice-President of the Flag Foundation of India Ms. Jindal thought of many ideas through which the ideals of the Tricolour could be spread all over the world. One of them has been the Traveling Exhibition to which Ms. Jindal gave her unstinted devotion to. For over two years she worked with the noted photographers Samar and Vijay Jodha to bring together a book Tiranga: A Celebration of the Indian Flag, which extends the same philosophy to the world of photography.
The book was extremely well received and that is when the idea of the book becoming the core of a traveling exhibition mooted. The very first exhibition was held in the national exhibition at the prestigious Visual Arts Gallery at the India Habitat Centre. Thereafter the exhibition has travelled to Jaipur to be a part of the unique annual festival which the pink city hosts, Virasaat. Thereafter the exhibition went to India's economic hub and financial capital Mumbai where for over ten days it enthralled a captivated audience.
The exhibition then travelled to one of the most important landmarks in London, The Nehru Centre where it was held in the third week of January, culminating on India's Republic Day on January 26th 2007. According to Ms. Jindal "We had a lot of appeal for people in London not only because of its theme or the fact that the images have been taken in various parts of India but because it represents the best of Indian photography". The exhibition had also been exhibited at Epicentre, Gurgaon in August 2008 to mark the Indian Independence Day.
The exhibition is not just an art project though but is gathering momentum through which people all over the world and the young in India would come to know everything beautiful that India has come to represent in the modern world. An ancient nation very much working in tandem and harmony with the needs, expectations and objectives of the modern world.
The Yuva Hindustani Campaign
Flag Foundation of India was set up as a registered society under the societies registration act of 1980, a non-profit body in January 2002, after Mr. Naveen Jindal won a seven-year long court battle that enabled all Indians to display our National Flag with honour and pride at their homes, offices and factories on all days of the year. As the Tricolour is our greatest national symbol, the National Flag and its colours are now a close part of Indian life expressing pride in our country. To take this victory beyond pure symbolism and translate it into action, Flag Foundation of India is undertaking various projects motivating the people of our country to draw inspiration from the National Flag and work for the betterment of the nation.
At this time when 54 percent of Indians are below 25 years of age and we are now among the youngest nations on the globe the Flag Foundation takes pride in launching a mass movement of the youth, for the nation -Yuva Hindustani This revolutionary movement will bring together the vibrant youth that aims to be the instrument of change in our country to make India and its people proud happy and prosperous.
Marching Forward this Women's Day - Mahila Swashakti March
On the occasion of International Women's Day, the Flag Foundation of India, under the leadership of Mrs. Shallu Jindal, organised the Mahila Swashakti March in Kurukshetra. Swashakti, a Sanskrit word, blends two characters where 'swa' means self and shakti means power. It conveys the Jindal family's vision to transform the women of Haryana into self-empowered individuals.
The march was an endeavour to create consciousness among women to take ownership of their empowerment, to create an environment for social change to improve the quality of their lives.
Mrs. Shallu Jindal, Vice-President of the Flag Foundation of India said, "We believe this will go a long way in bolstering the efforts that the district administration is making to address the issues of women's security, women's health, female feticide and financial security of women."
Tiranga Badge Award
Flag Foundation of India under the leadership of Ms. Shallu Jindal organized first ever awards to recognize and encourage students working in the service of society New Delhi, Students/ student groups/schools were awarded Tiranga Badge Awards’ in recognition of their achievements in the field of service to the people and society at the National Bal Bhawan here. The awards were conferred upon students in the age group of 12-20 years who have contributed to the welfare of their school/college, society, city or country.
To take the message of Tiranga to every Indian, Flag Foundation of India continues installation of Monumental Flags.