In Pics: A family that preserved the tricolour for 42 years!
Gagan Gurjar/Bhaskar News
Jan 26, 2013, 11:44 AM IST
Jaipur:As the nation gears up for Republic Day celebrations here’s something that is bound to strike you! Jai Kumar Atal of the 'Atal' family was gifted the tricolour by the then Indian Prime Minister Indire Gandhi as a token of 'honour'.
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The Atal family’s connection with the Indian tricolour goes back to 1971, when Jai Kumar Atal, who was an ICS officer of the Central Provinces during the turbulent war in 1971, rescued the Indian tricolour in Islamabad.
The turbulent war between India and Pakistan of 1971 is known as the shortest war in history, as it lasted only for 13 days. It was a military conflict between the neighbouring nations. However, experts consider the beginning of the war to be Operation Chengiz Khan, which was Pakistan's preemptive strike on 11 Indian airbases on December 3, 1971.
The Pakistani forces tried to burn and dishonour the Indian flag, however Jai Kumar Atal, braving the Pakistani forces, rescued the tricolour.
After he returned, he met the then Prime Minister of India – Indira Gandhi and handed it over to her.
Eventually, she gifted it back to jai Kumar Atal and his family as a token of honour.
In this photo: Jai Kumar Atal’s granddaughter Devika Tanka and son Ajay Kumar Atal
Jai Kumar Atal’s granddaughter – who currently lives in the Unites States – makes it a point to visit India every Republic Day to hoist the special flag with her family.