Is Karnataka Flag A Direct Threat To Indian Union?

In the last few months, there have been debates all over whether it is justified for the Karnataka government to have a separate flag for the state. On March 8, the Karnataka government officially approved the state flag. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has been the biggest supporter of it.

The present version of the flag has yellow on top, red on bottom and an additional white band in the middle. Certainly, there is very little objection with the colour of the flag, rather the whole idea of a state having a flag is doubted.

There is no denying the fact that the question of having a separate flag for an Indian state has been widely discussed all over. After all, a flag symbolises power and jurisdiction. In this case, it is not a case of community which takes some other time. Thus the Narendra Modi government has to closely introspect the challenging circumstances.

No doubt the decision to introduce a state flag is an attempt from the Congress government to divert media limelight from corruption allegations.

The Siddaramaiah government is guilty of corruption and lawlessness in the state. They are not at all in a comfortable situation as far as political situation ahead of Assembly Elections is considered. The state flag diktat also brings the case of Kashmir, the state which also had a separate state flag.

Thus, only for the sake of gimmick, the Congress government in Karnataka is playing with the ethical principles of Indian democracy.

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Ranabir Bhattacharyya is a Bengal based writer who concentrates on politics, international relations, economic and social matters