The Armed Forces Flag Day or the Flag Day of India DEC , 7 2020
सशस्त्र सेना झंडा दिवस या झंडा दिवस भारतीय सशस्त्र बलों के कर्मियों के कल्याण हेतु भारत की जनता से धन-संग्रह के प्रति समर्पित एक दिन है। यह 1949 से 7 दिसम्बर को भारत में प्रतिवर्ष मनाया जाता है।
सशस्त्र सेना झंडा दिवस पर हुए धन संग्रह के तीन मुख्य उद्देश्य है-
१. युद्ध के समय हुई जनहानि में सहयोग,
२. सेना में कार्यरत कर्मियों और उनके परिवार के कल्याण और सहयोग हेतु,
३. सेवानिवृत्त कर्मियों और उनके परिवार के कल्याण हेतु।
इस दिवस पर धन-संग्रह सशस्त्र सेना के प्रतीक चिन्ह झंडे को बाँट कर किया जाता है। इस झंडे में तीन रंग (लाल, गहरा नीला और हल्का नीला) तीनों सेनाओं को प्रदर्शित करते है।
This is a day dedicated to India towards collection of funds from people of India for the welfare of the Indian Armed Forces personnel. It has been observed annually in India on December 7 since 1949. Over the years, it has become a tradition to commemorate this day as an honour to the soldiers, sailors and airmen of India.
Immediately after India achieved independence, a need arose for the government to manage the welfare of its defense personnel. On August 28, 1949, a committee set up under the defense minister decided to observe a Flag Day annually on December 7. The idea behind observing a Flag Day was to distribute small flags to the general population and in return collect donations. Flag Day gains more significance as it considers that it is the responsibility of the civilian population of India to take care of the families and dependents of the armed forces personnel who fight for the country.
Jawaharlal Nehru, who was then Prime Minister of India, on December 7, 1954, said:
“A few weeks ago, I visited Indo-China and saw our officers and men attached to the International Commission there. It gave me a thrill to see their smart bearing and the good work they were doing in that distant land. What pleased me still more was their general popularity with the people there. By their efficiency as well as their friendliness, they enhanced the reputation of India. Among them were people from all parts of India. They observed no provincial or other differences amongst themselves. I am sure my countrymen will be pleased to learn of them and would like to indicate their appreciation of these young men who serve our country both here and elsewhere so well. A way to indicate that appreciation is to contribute to the Flag Day Fund.”
The flag is similar to that of the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence, first utilised in 1956, and is a common colour-scheme in British-aligned territories, used by fellow Commonwealth members Cyprus, India, Kenya and Nigeria.