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Maha: Khadi tricolour hoisted in Meerut by Pt Nehru in 1946 brought out 1st time for public display in Pune

Pune, Jul 27 (PTI) A khadi tricolour with an image of a spinning wheel in the centre and hoisted by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in Meerut in November 1946 has been brought out for the first time for public display in Pune.

The 9 x 14 feet flag, which is in the custody of the family of Major General (late) Ganpat R Nagar, the then General Officer Commanding of 3rd division of Indian National Army (INA), was displayed at an event in a college in Pimpri Chinchwad area here in Maharashtra for three days from Sunday.

It was put up for display to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, 50 years of the 1971 India-Pakistan war and the Kargil Vijay Divas, Dev Nagar, the grandson of Maj Gen Nagar, told PTI.

In 1946, Pandit Nehru had hoisted the flag in the last session of the Congress before independence at Meerut in Uttar Pradesh in the presence of officials of Bose’s INA.

This was the first time that the flag was brought out of Meerut and kept for public viewing in Pune, said Dev Nagar, who is the principal of a school in Meerut.

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