An unsung hero Pingali Venkayya, who actively participated in the Freedom struggle was also known for designing our National Flag. But it was a serious neglect that a person who gave identity to the nation died in a hut due to poverty. Who would take responsibility for such a serious neglect? Where were the nationalists when he was dying?
Normally, we never think about who designed our national flag under which we feel proud to be an Indian. It is a very interesting fact that the one who designed our national flag was a person with multitasking.
The flag was based on the Swaraj flag, designed by Pingali Venkayya. The National Flag of India is a horizontal rectangular tricolour of deep saffron, white and India green; with the Ashoka Chakra, a 24-spoke wheel with navy blue colour at the centre.
Pingali Venkayya died in the year 1963. Venkayya’s version was first designed for the Indian National Congress and subsequently modified in 1947.
After 42 years of his death, a postage stamp was issued to commemorate him in 2009, and in 2011 it was proposed to award posthumous Bharat Ratna award. The outcome of that proposal is still unknown.