TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday 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 said that it is a matter of pride for all Telugu people that Venkayya gave the design for the national flag which remained a symbol of the country’s equality, fraternity and unity in diversity and also 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 movements during the struggle for independence. Pingali Venkayya’s valuable services in the freedom movement would be remembered forever. The National flag, which consists of three colours would always stand out for the three basic tenets of sacrifice, peace and progress. The Asoka Chakra in the middle would stand for dharma, he added.
N Chandrababu Naidu said that Pingali Venkayya had also rendered his research services in agriculture and geology. He also 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, demanded.