India

The significance of the event that happened 70 years ago is slowly fading away, and so we at Yo! felt that it’s time to awaken the Bharatiya in us. That’s why we bring you a fun, light-hearted quiz {about India of course} that ensures you have some of the facts about Independence Day straightened out. Let’s see how many of these you can get correct. {Answers given at the end}

Q1: Who made the first version of the current National Flag?

  1. Sardar Vallabhai Patel
  2. Pingali Venkayya
  3. Pt. Nehru
  4. Rabindranath Tagore

Q2: Can any person produce and supply flags in India?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Q3: Is our national language Sanskrit.

  1. Yes
  2. No

Q4: Did all of India’s princely states unite at the time of Independence.

  1. Yes
  2. No

Q5: What is the difference between Khadi and Handloom?

  1. Both mean the same.
  2. Khadi uses silk while handloom uses only cotton.
  3. Khadi is hand-woven while handloom is not hand-woven.
  4. Khadi is hand-spun yarn that is hand-woven while handloom is mill-spun yarn that is hand-woven

ANSWERS

A1 No: Pingali Venkayya made the first version of India’s current national flag in 1921 at Bezawada. This version only had two colours: red and green, representing the two major Indian communities. However, Gandhiji suggested the addition of a third white-coloured strip for remaining communities. The symbol of the spinning wheel was also added to symbolize the progress of the nation.

A2 No: Khadi Development and Village Industries Commission is the sole unit licensed for production and supply of Indian flags. While for a long time flags were made from Jayadhar, a popular cotton variety that grows in Karnataka, Khadi Gramaudyoga has now started using Bt cotton instead.

A3 No: India has no national language. As per Article 343 of the Constitution, India’s official language is Hindi.

A4 No: At the time of independence, India had 562 princely states. These were politically integrated under Indian democracy over decade post independence, with Sardar Vallabhai Patel and VP Menon playing a major role in doing so.

A5 No: Any material that uses hand-spun yarn and is hand-woven on a handloom without using electricity is khadi and can be present in silk, cotton or wool. Because it is done by hand completely, the small weaving errors occur, giving Khadi a unique texture. It also has the quality of keeping you cool in summer and warm in winters.