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The Indian National Flag as a Site of Daily Plebiscite

This paper attempts to understand the politics that go into the making of various discourses and ways of looking at one representational site, the tricolour. It also addresses the question of how to read this symbolic space as a contested field and analyses the "cultural practices" underlying political questions in colonial and post-colonial India. The author explores three historical periods in the history of the national flag - the flag satyagraha (1922-23), the constituent assembly debate on the design of the flag and the period between 1997 and 2002 when important decisions regarding the use of the tricolour were taken.

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