India’s national emblem dishonoured at Women’s Asia Cup

first_imgPlayers from all over the world are in Bengaluru to take part in the Women’s Asia Cup, a FIBA (Federation of Internationale de Basketball) tournament. This is being held at the Kanteerava Stadium with great pomp. But while the sporting action is going on, players are also trampling on the state emblem of India, an adaptation of the Sarnath lion capital of Ashoka every time they step on the court.Officials are in a tight spot after citizens took offence and considered it as an act to bring dishonor to the national emblem.However, officials claimed that there was no mala fide intent to disrespect the national emblem and that FIBA designed the logo and its Indian counterparts were not involved in this process. Many senior ministers who inaugurated the sports meet also did not notice the emblem embedded in the logo on the floor.There are clear instructions in place but still these were not followed by the officials. In August 2016, the ministry of Home Affairs had written to Chief Secretaries and various government departments on the proper use of the State Emblem of India. It stated that unauthorized or incomplete (certain departments were displaying the emblem without the mandatory ‘Satyamev Jayate’ in Devanagiri script emblazoned below it) use of the emblem was a violation of the State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act, 2005.Shashank Shivkumar, a local citizen and President, Army Forum, a welfare outfit for former defence personnel, brought this matter to the notice of India Today. He says, ‘Everybody should respect the national emblem and nobody can play and stamp it.’ He further added that everybody should be against this disgraceful act against the national emblem.advertisementlast_img read more

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