The Chennai Tricolor Initiative is a citizens' initiative, to start a movement that cultivates civic responsibility among the inhabitants of the City - starting with a pledge followed by initiatives that strengthen participatory democracy - People working WITH the Government to make things happen! We are also working on an effort in crowdfunding and hoisting a 90 ft x 60 ft national flag on a 207ft pole in a public space to commemorate the pledge.
In the Year 1947, a great experiment was started. India was reborn with a new identity and dreams bigger than before. She rose from the ashes – fearless, vibrant, and full of hope and promise, geared for a new start.
To represent freedom and democracy in its truest form – one that wouldn't enslave or rely on conquests, one that would see everyone as equal yet grow into a self-sustained nation with its share to offer, to the world that it stood part of. No other country in the history of civilization had done this before, mind you.
In the 70 years since then, we have succeeded in achieving some of those dreams, but many others have been all but broken. And many have lost faith in this journey, but there are some who still believe.
We stand at a crossroad where we can decide where we are headed. We were at one such juncture back in the mid 60s, and yet again at the early turn of the century.
With the whole world facing a crisis of confidence in different magnitudes, with each of us questioning our systems and our very own identity it is imperative that we choose a side; to believe in what we set out to do and as one nation, come together, put our hands to the mill and bring it to fruition, or not.
To decide to move forward would mean that we also acknowledge that democracy has three pillars — the government that represents the will of the people, the armed forces that keep us safe, and the people who will act in the best interests of our nation. We cannot neglect the roles that we ought to take - even though for years we have pretended like it wasn’t our responsibility. It is.
Somethings will have to change, if we have to move forward towards this greater vision.
Come The Day, when the flag unfurls in Chennai's Marina, crowdfunded, owned and hoisted by the people of Chennai in the true sense of democratic ownership, may we believe once again in the great promise under which this country was formed. And let the flag that flutters in the winds of the land, carry that hope to everyone who is a part of it.
If you too believe, join us.
Here are some of the questions that we get asked frequently and we've compiled them together to help you understand our intentions. If you have any other specific questions, please free to shoot us an email. Details below.
A flag is symbolic; symbolic of the vision that was paved for this country, and the city that we live in - a symbol of unity. Sometimes, as they say “Out of sight is out of mind”, and a flag is a great way to bring back the vision that was set when we set out to build this country into something great - one that we are proud of and leave behind for the generations to come.
The National Flag has history - of struggle, of values instilled that haven't been lived upto yet. It seems like a simpler task to unite us all under an existing vision, rather than a new one - which might be controversial and not go anywhere.
Perhaps a starting point, for all of us to see the bigger picture that we all contribute towards - the nation. A nation is a inheritance that we pass on to our kids and their kids and their kids. But very rarely do we think about and work towards preserving the best, or improving things like we do for the other material inheritances. We are hoping the flag would at the least, start that conversation and thought process.
To be part of something bigger than ourselves. Since this is volunteer led, what is in it for you is the same thing that is in it for us. perhaps the pride of being part of something like this as well.
We define nationalism as rules - someone else telling us what we should do and how we should behave. We see patriotism as our love and the display of it. This would be of the latter.
They should and they would. But imagine if, a symbol that stands for the country, is owned by the people - in a true form of democracy. Wouldn't that be awesome?
No. But we are working with the Government on this effort.
There is a charitable non-profit trust that has been setup for this effort - which is volunteer run and will always continue to be supported by the people.
We are working with one of the companies that has done most of the flag masts across the country - and have experience putting up the tallest one in the country as well. With the necessary structure to withstand the cyclones that Chennai sees from time to time, it will cost about 80 Lakhs.
You. Me. All of us. This is a citizens' initiative and we would want to encourage anyone who is a citizen and proud of it, to be able to contribute in any way possible and as much as they can (10Rs is also okay). We are crowdfunding this initiative - as much as corporate sponsorship would have been an easy way, crowdfunding feels like the right way to do this.
The funds will be managed by the Charitable Trust that has been setup. At the end of the installation there would be complete accounts available for anyone to access on this very website.
Maintenance is an ongoing cost and will be taken care of by the Trust. We plan to put together a corpus which will give interest that will pay for the ongoing maintenance.
Start with the Pledge. Then share and nudge more folks in your circle to be part of the movement. You can also contribute towards the initiative.
Yes you can.
Wouldn't it be amazing if the spirit of kindredness that comes out during times of disasters, is prevalent all throughout the year?
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