New Delhi: Ahead of the 75th Independence Day, actor Satish Shah took to social media to post a picture of him holding the national flag. The actor claimed that the flag was the one his mother had ‘got during the Quit India Movement in 1942’. However, the Internet made a ruckus over it as they were not convinced with Shah’s details about the flag and pointed out a grievous discrepancy. The netizens stated that the flag did not exist in that form in 1942.
The actor shared the picture on Twitter where he can be seen holding the flag. Sharing the image, he captioned, “The very same TIRANGA DHWAJ my mother had got during Quit India Movement 1942.”
Take a look at the post here:
The very same TIRANGA DHWAJ my mother had got during Quit India Movement 1942 pic.twitter.com/gIk64iOCnY
— satish shah?? (@sats45) August 9, 2022
Netizens fact-checked and stated that the national flag did not exist in the form in 1942. One of the users wrote, “Who will tell him, this flag didn’t exist, in this form, in 1942?” while another wrote, “A little bit of research & due diligence would have saved you the embarrassment of being proven wrong.”
See the reactions here:
— Antisocial. (@Zainab_0216) August 9, 2022
A little bit of research & due diligence would have saved you the embarrassment of being proven wrong.
— Ranjit Kumar (@RanjitOne) August 9, 2022
Kids, Ladies & Gentelmen
The flags used during the Quit India Movement, did not look like the flag we love & rever today. pic.twitter.com/zPHiJyInJq
— thakursahab (@65thakursahab) August 9, 2022
This was the Indian National Flag in 1942, the one you’re holding is from 1947. LOL pic.twitter.com/8ogfZ1hH0E
— Eddie (@pussymonious) August 9, 2022
Sir… was there the Ashok chakra in the flag in 1942 ? I doubt. If not mistaken there used to be the handloom chakka.
— Kedar ? (@marathikedar) August 9, 2022
— Anshul Singh (@anshulsigh) August 10, 2022
90000 odd likes for this false tweet. It shows a majority of Indians don’t even know about the history of their own flag. The chakra replaced charkha only a month before August,1947. https://t.co/eNknNJR9ns
— Ketan Shah (@Thinkerks) August 10, 2022
Peddling lies is so easy these days, and celebrities are eager to do so, just to win patriotism brownie points.
So sad that after thousands have commented underneath that this flag didn’t exist in 1942, he has not corrected himself or offered an apology/explanation. https://t.co/aEC7QtDW7G
— Arnav Gupta ??? (@championswimmer) August 9, 2022
Satish Sir Standing Comedy Achi Hai, 1942 ko 1947 se replace kariye https://t.co/xRw8JxrBni
— Mubashir (@rubusmubu) August 10, 2022
You are a fantastic actor Sir but the claim can’t be true. The Chakra entered into our tricolour only on 22 July 1947. Before that the flag used to have a Charkha instead. https://t.co/LE25ZT1zU0
— Ashok Kumar Pandey अशोक اشوک (@Ashok_Kashmir) August 9, 2022
Now the national flag has Ashok Chakra, however, there used to be a charkha symbol in the middle. Just a few days before India became independent on 15 August 1957, a modified version of the Swaraj flag was chosen. The tricolour – saffron, white, and green remained the same while the charkha was replaced by the Ashoka Chakra.
Satish Shah is an Indian television and film actor. He is known for his works in Jaane bhi Do Yaaro (1983), Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1984), Sarabhai vs Sarabhai (2004), Main Hoon Na (2004), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Fanaa (2006) and Om Shanti Om (2007).