New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday that 50,000 public school students will gather in the nation’s capital to form the largest-ever tricolor flag on August 4 to mark the start of celebrations for the 75th day of the ‘independence.
The event will be staged at Burari Ground and aims to set a world record for the tallest human flag, a Delhi government official has said. The government has not specified how the children will be selected.
“Every citizen will be filled with deshbhakti (patriotism) as India celebrates its 75th anniversary of independence. On August 4, thousands of children will gather in Delhi to form the greatest tricolor in world history,” said Kejriwal.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government has almost completed the installation of 500 high-mast national flags (115 feet high each) at various locations in the capital – 497 have already been installed while the remaining three are expected to be installed before the August 15th.
“As part of the 75th Independence Day celebrations, the government of Kejriwal has planned to erect 115ft high tricolors at 500 locations across the city. So far, 497 high-rise masts have already been installed and more places will be covered before August 15,” a Delhi government official said.
The people of the country must be committed to making India the top country in the world, Kejriwal said.
“It’s been 75 years since independence, so many countries have passed us by. Why are we left behind? God has blessed India with an abundance of rivers, minerals, mountains, grasses, crops, oceans and seas. Indians are the smartest and hardest working people in the world, but why are we lagging behind? If we leave the country at the mercy of these leaders and their parties, we will be left behind the world for another 75 years. On 75 years of independence, let us unite 130 million Indians and pledge to make India the greatest and strongest nation in the world. Seventy-five years ago, when the whole country united, we drove out the British. The smartest and hardest working people in the world are the Indians. Today we must all come together again to make India the greatest country in the world,” said Kejriwal, who is also the national leader of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi and Punjab.
On August 15, 2021, the Delhi government marked Independence Day by unfurling the tricolor on a 115ft tall pole at five locations. While Kejriwal unfurled the flag in East Kidwai Nagar, other Cabinet Ministers unfurled it in Patparganj, Shakur Basti, Kalkaji and Dwarka. For the flag project, the Delhi government provided ₹45 crore in the 2021-22 annual budget, and while launching the project, MP CM Manish Sisodia said the purpose of erecting the national flags in Delhi was to instill a sense of patriotism among the people.