Pingali Venkayya, born 142 years ago this day, was an Indian freedom fighter who the nation remembers proudly for reasons more than his struggle for our independence. It was his design on which India’s national flag was based upon.
Born near Machilipatnam (now in Andhra Pradesh), Venkayya was a Gandhian ideologist. He was also a linguist, geolist and a writer. In fact, in 1913, he delivered a full-length speech in Japanese. Such credentials gave him interesting titles like ‘Japan Venkayya’, ‘Patti (cotton) Venkayya’ and ‘Jhanda Venkayya’.It was during his stint with the British Army that the 19-year-old met Mahatama Gandhi in Africa. Venkayya’s association with Mahatama Gandhi lasted over 50 years.
He also published a book in 1916 offering thirty designs of what could make the Indian flag. Throughout all Congress sessions between 1918 and 1921, he relentlessly put forward the idea of having a flag of our own.Venkayya’s design for the National Flag was finally approved by Mahatama Gandhi in a Congress meeting in Vijayawada in 1921.
“Pingali Venkaiah who is working in Andhra National College Machilipatnam, has published a book, describing the flags of the countries and has designed many models for our own National Flag. I appreciate his hard struggle during the sessions of Indian National Congress for the approval of Indian National Flag,” Mahatama Gandhi had written in Young India.On his birth anniversary today, let’s take a moment to remember the man behind the Indian National Flag.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.