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Pingali Venkayya

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Preliminary   > Modern Indian History   >   Personalities   >   Eminent personalities

Why in news?

  • Recently, the Ministry of Culture organized ‘Tiranga Utsav’ to celebrate Pingali Venkayya’s 146th Birth Anniversary.

About Pingali Venkayya:

  • Designer of India’s National Flag:
    • Pingali Venkayya, a freedom fighter and the designer of India’s National Flag was a follower of Gandhian principles
    • Iit was upon the request of Mahatma Gandhi that he designed the Indian National Flag with saffron, white and green colours with chakra in the middle.
  • He was an agriculturist and also an educationist who set up an educational institution in Machilipatnam.
  • A postage stamp was issued to commemorate him in 2009 and in 2011 it was proposed that he be posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna.
  • He wrote a book titled “National Flag for India,” which was published in 1916.
    • The book showcased thirty designs of what could make the Indian flag.


‘Pingali Venkayya’, a historical figure, was known for his role in:

(a) Khasi Rebellion of 1833

(b) Design of India’s National Flag

(c) Dravidian movement in Madras Presidency

(d) Revolutionary movement in South India