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Should you use tricolour as your display picture? Is it legal?
The Indian social media was absorbed for quite a few days in one of the most widely discussed topics ahead of Independence day: Can we use Indian national flag as display picture on Facebook, Whatsapp and other social and communication media? The participants who made it a trending topic were divided into two schools of thoughts – one, who spoke in favour of it and the other who were skeptical and better decided to put down their tricolor DP fearing unintentional violation of law.
The message that went viral and sparked the debate:
Indian Constitution doesn’t allow us to make Indian Tricolour as Profile pic or stitch or paste it anywhere. Indian Tricolour should only be unfurl to fluttet freely in air and as an Indian its our Fundamental duty to give all due respect to the Tricolour….
Provisions of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950 (No.12 of 1950) and the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 (No. 69 of 1971)
Here by Request everyone to remove their DP of Indian Flag
But, the message turned out to be a hoax!
Times of India writes “Legal experts say Indians are allowed unrestricted display of the flag and they can post it as their display picture or even otherwise online if they want”.
More information from authority websites, in case you required more clarification –
So, guys – you are free to use Indian National Flag as your display picture – provided you use it in its original form. There’s nothing illegal about expressing your love and patriotism for your country! Happy Independence Day