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Monday, January 28, 2013

Tallest National Flag in India; celebrating Republic Day

Kanakakkunnu Palace in  Thiruvananthapuram  is in National news… the sprawling grounds of the Palace has been the venue for many meets.  The  architectural palace was built  during the reign of Travancore king Sree Moolam Thirunal (1885-1924), the palace served as the main venue for royal banquets.

Patriotism, quite literally, reached newer heights at this palace in Trivandrum.  A mammoth national flag flutters ~ day and night atop a flagpole installed near the entrance to the Kanakakkunnu Palace. The stainless steel flagpole is more than 65 metres-tall — the tallest in the country.  According to its spokesperson, the National flag atop the pole is 72 ft long and 48 ft wide. The flagpole is illuminated with floodlights during the night. The Government has given special permission to allow the flag to remain hoisted round the clock.

Thanks to Mr Naveen Jindal,  the National Flag is closer to more people now.  It is reported that such ornamental flagpoles are seen only in a  few countries, including Malaysia, North Korea, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.  This Republic Day, it was hoisted by the Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.  The 65 meters tall pole  has stainless-steel mast and the flag about 22 metres long and 15 metres wide.

Reports state that this was made at the request of Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor that the Flag Foundation of India, founded by Naveen Jindal, MP and industrialist, chose the State capital for the project, which has been executed in nine other States. Mr. Jindal is quoted as saying that  the flag should remind people to rise above political affiliations and remind them of their duties towards the country.

Sure, your celebrated the Nation’s Republic Day at home, at your Society and in many other places.  I did; here are couple of photos of the celebrations we had at Vijay Avenue, Venkatrangam Street, Triplicane, Chennai 600 005.

We had a much bigger celebration at SYMA Medical Centre.  The flag was hoisted by a nonagenarian Mr Mandayam Parthasarathi, 95 years bubbling with enthusiasm.  There is rich history of freedom struggle associated with this great person.  Will sure follow with a detailed post on him and the services of their family in the National struggle for freedom.  Dr MA Venkatakrishnan Swami was another Chief Guest on the occasion.
photo courtesy : Revathi, SYMA

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.
28th Jan 2013


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