In the 91st episode of his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio programme on July 31, the prime minister had floated the idea of changing the DP to the tricolour. It was an extension of the original plan to implement ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ plan under which an appeal has been made to hoist the national flag in all houses of the country from August 13 to Independence Day on August 15.
Modi said, “My dear countrymen, under the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, from the 13th to the 15th of August, a special movement – ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ — is being organised. By becoming a part of this movement, from August 13 to 15, you must hoist the tricolour at your home, or adorn your home with it. The tricolour connects us, inspires us to do something for the country.”
He further said, “I also have a suggestion that from the 2nd of August to the 15th of August, all of us can place the tricolour in our social media profile pictures. By the way, do you know, 2nd of August also has a special connection with our tricolour. This day is the birth anniversary of Pingali Venkaiah ji who designed our national flag. I pay my respectful homage to him. Talking about our national flag, I will also remember the great revolutionary Madam Cama. Her role in shaping the tricolour has been very important.”
The PM said the biggest message that emerges from all these events is that all countrymen should follow their duty with full devotion. “Only then will we be able to fulfill the dream of those countless freedom fighters… and to build the India of their dreams. That is why this Amrit Kaal of our next 25 years is Kartavyakaal, a period of duty for every countryman. To liberate the country, our brave fighters had given us this responsibility, and we have to fulfill it fully,” he said.
On Tuesday morning, Modi changed his DP and posted a tweet. “It is a special 2nd August today! At a time when we are marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, our nation is all set for #HarGharTiranga, a collective movement to celebrate our tricolour. I have changed the DP on my social media pages and urge you all to do the same.”
It is a special 2nd August today! At a time when we are marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, our nation is all set for… https://t.co/H53IysJLJV
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1659408092000
Soon after, BJP president JP Nadda too changed his DP with a message on Twitter. He said, “Our national flag is a symbol of our independence. In furtherance of the appeal by Hon PM Shri @narendramodi, we have all decided to hoist our flag in every house from Aug 13th to 15th. I urge everyone to display our tiranga on their social media accounts. #HarGharTiranga.”
Our national flag is a symbol of our independence. In furtherance of the appeal by Hon. PM Shri @narendramodi we ha… https://t.co/MUYy4ZcrN7
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) 1659426967000
Subsequently, Union ministers, BJP functionaries, MPs, chief ministers, ministers and MLAs of BJP-ruled states, government departments such as the Press Information Bureau (PIB) and ministry of railways, constitutional bodies such as Lok Sabha, BJP supporters and even a large number of common citizens all across the country changed their social media DP to the national flag.
Home minister Amit Shah said, “Have changed the DP of my social media accounts to tiranga on PM @narendramodi ji’s clarion call to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. I urge all to change the DP of your social media accounts to tiranga to show your love and respect towards the national flag. #HarGharTiranga”.
Have changed the DP of my social media accounts to Tiranga on PM @narendramodi Ji’s clarion call to celebrate Azadi… https://t.co/irovcY9mx1
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) 1659416740000
Several celebrities – particularly actors, artists, sportspersons and spiritual gurus – have supported the Har Ghar Tiranga initiative. Prominent among them being Amitabh Bachchan, Mahesh Babu, Kailash Kher, Ajay Devgn, Swami Avdheshanand, Shankar Mahadevan, Yuvraj Singh and Hema Malini.
T 4364 – Proud & honored to bring our identity, our pride, our Tiranga 🇮🇳 home! You too can show your commitment to… https://t.co/RsPhqoNszE
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) 1659354419000
Kailash Kher, who will perform live at Indira Gandhi stadium in Delhi on Tuesday evening, also changed his profile picture.
— Kailash Kher (@Kailashkher) 1659411586000
BJP’s allies and opposition keep away from changing DP
While there is euphoria on display in the BJP, government and some sections of society, the same sentiment is missing among opposition parties and their supporters.
Be it the functionaries and supporters of the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, (AAP), Trinamool Congress (TMC) or any other opposition party, all of them kept away from heeding Modi. They did not change their DP to the tricolour.
A glaring outlier has been NDA’s coalition partner JD(U) which is governing Bihar alongwith the BJP. Neither chief minister Nitish Kumar nor JD(U) changed their DP.
Another BJP ally, the Shiv Sena faction led by Eknath Shinde, has also not followed the PM. Shinde has not changed his DP while deputy CM and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis did change it.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) 1659421156000
As a result, the PM’s initiative of changing DP has largely remained confined to becoming a programme of the BJP and the central government.