dglobalnews.com Does Karnataka Have A Case For Demanding Its Own Kannada Flag?
Published: Thu, July 20, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Does Karnataka Have A Case For Demanding Its Own Kannada Flag?

Does Karnataka Have A Case For Demanding Its Own Kannada Flag?

Puttappa and Gadada in their representation had requested the government to design a separate flag for "Kannada Naadu' and accord it legal standing".

While the Constitution is silent on the issue of states having their own flags, Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in the Indian Union to have a separate flag and Constitution.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has taken up the issue before the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state. Also, it is far different from BJP's stand which Karnataka took in 2012 when the saffron party was in power in the southern state. There will be no move for getting a state flag, said an ET report.

The committee was appointed after a Karnataka government issued an order on June 6.

The committee, headed by Kannada and Culture Principal Secretary M. Lakshminarayana as Chairman, has the Secretaries of Law, Home, Parliamentary Affairs and Personnel and Administrative Reforms Departments as members. While the issue is being debated by all political parties and has sparked a row over the legality of the demand, it should be noted that there is no provision in the Indian Constitution which bars states from having their own flags. "But whether the state should have a flag or not is a grey area", he told reporters after a cabinet meeting here.

"There is nothing unconstitutional or anti-national about a state flag". They also say that state flags can become symbols of separatism and threaten India's unity and integrity.

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With less than a year to go for the assembly elections in the state, the announcement is being seen by some as Siddharamaiah's attempt to assert Kannada identity, riding on the ongoing wave of anti-Hindi protests. We have a National Flag that we all respect.

Challenged by a Kannada activist in court, alleging the misuse of the state flag by the party to influence the support of the people, Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen of the Karnataka High Court questioned the validity of such an imposition.

It is not used during national ceremonies like Republic Day or Independence Day, but people hoist it across the state on 1 November every year to mark the day the state was formed.

K C Venugopal, Congress' Karnataka in charge, said that he will seek clarification from the state government.

Currently, only Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in the country to have separate official flag along with the national tri-color under Article 370 of the Constitution.

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