1. Who Created the Flag?
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.