The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu made a fervent appeal to the Central Government to confer ‘Bharata Ratna’ on Pingali Venkayya for his services as a freedom fighter and designer of the National Tricolour.
Naidu termed it as a matter of pride for all Telugus that Venkayya gave the design for the national flag which remained a symbol of the country’s equality, fraternity and unity in diversity. The Tricolour symbolised and reflected the overall Indian culture and tradition.
In a statement here, the TDP chief recalled how Pingali Venkayya actively took part in the Vandemataram and Home Rule agitations during the struggle for independence. His services in the freedom movement would be remembered forever. The Tricolour would always stand out for the three basic tenets of sacrifice, peace and progress. The Asoka Chakra in the middle would stand for dharma.
Naidu further said that Pingali Venkayya had also rendered his research services in agriculture and geology. He worked as an advisor in the mineral research department after independence. “Every citizen should consider it a duty to respect the sovereignty and significance of the national flag. It would be apt to honour Venkayya with the country’s highest civilian award of Bharata Ratna”, said Naidu.