Of late, the demand for a state flag has been gaining traction in Karnataka.
Of late, the demand for a state flag has been gaining traction in Karnataka.(Photo: PTI)
  • 1. Who Created the Flag?
  • 2. Realisation of Lack of Legality
  • 3. Controversial Announcement in the Assembly
  • 4. Fresh Demand for Legal Status
  • 5. Political Fallout Over Latest Demand
  • 6. State Has No Legal Rights Over Flag's Design
All You Need to Know About Karnataka’s Demand for a State Flag

Of late, the demand for a state flag has been gaining traction in Karnataka, and the committee set up by state government to study the feasibility of having a separate flag, will be holding its first meeting soon.

India’s Constitution does not talk about states having official flags, so the committee is expected to ask the central government to allow Karnataka to make its unofficial red-and-yellow flag the state’s official flag. If the proposal gets through, Karnataka would be the second state to have its own flag after Jammu and Kashmir.

So, what is Karnataka’s demand for a state flag about?

  • 1. Who Created the Flag?

    Of late, the demand for a state flag has been gaining traction in Karnataka.
    (Photo: The Quint)

    Though the significant step of setting up a committee to examine the legality of the state was taken this year, the demand for the state flag has been around for over 50 years. It was during the mid-1960s, when the movement to promote Kannada in the state was at its peak, that the first design of the flag was drawn.

    Ma Ramamurthy, a social activist and the pioneer of the Kannada movement, is credited with designing the yellow-and-red flag. In 1964, Ramamurthy went on a rally demanding promotion of the Kannada identity in the newly-formed state. Realising the movement needed a unifying symbol, he created the yellow and red flag, which stood for peace and revolution.

    However, the flag was not created as the Karnataka state flag but as the flag of the movement he was leading – the Kannada Paksha. Ramamurthy’s movement over the years became popular among the people, and from a movement’s symbol the flag gained the status of an unofficial state flag.

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