Pingali Venkayya, the man who designed our Indian National Flag was born today on August 2, 1876 in Andhra Pradesh. He was an Indian Freedom Fighter and is credited with coming up with the design of our tricolor which we proudly unfurl now almost 70 years after obtaining independence from the oppressive British rule. He is the unsung hero of our freedom struggle who designed and painted the colours of our national flag and also gave the significance of the three colours and the Ashoka Chakra in between. Pingali Venkayya painted the flag in saffron, white and green. Saffron was chosen to depict courage and sacrifice, white for peace and truth and green for faith, chivalry and abundance. The Ashoka Chakra depicted the eternal wheel of law. Today we remember him on his 141st birth anniversary. Also Read - Mahatma Gandhi's Great-Granddaughter Sentenced to 7 Years' Jail in South Africa

Pingali Venkayya joined the British Army at a young age of 19 and took part in the Anglo-Boer war in Africa. During this time he met Mahatma Gandhi and formed an association with the leader which lasted for more than 50 years. Various so-called flags were used to depict the Indian national struggle and fight for independence, but it was Pingali Venkayya’s design which became the accepted national flag of India. Prior to the present tricolor, the charkha was at the centre of the flag, later the Ashoka Chakra replaced it. Pingali Venkayya was an authority on geology, agriculture and was also an educationist who set up an educational institute in Machilipatnam. Pingali Venkayya was also honoured with a postage stamp in 2009 for his contribution towards Indian freedom struggle. Also Read - Mahatma Gandhi's Idol Vandalised in MP's Mandsaur, Cops Suspect Monkeys | See Pics

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Tributes poured in today for Pingali Venkayya’s birth anniversary. Twitterati showered their gratitude towards the freedom fighter. Bal Gangadhar Tilak Death Anniversary: Top Patriotic Quotes of the Nationalist Leader Who Advocated Swaraj Also Read - Mahatma Gandhi Statue Vandalised in United States, India Condemns Malicious Act

Sample a few tweets below:

Prasar Bharati paid tribute to the freedom fighter

Piyush Goyal, the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines in the Government of India also took to Twitter to pay his respects to Pingali Venkayya.

Tarun Gogoi, former Chief Minister of Assam paid his tributes

Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan took to Twitter to remember the contribution of Pingali Venkayya.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge) Govt. of India tweeted his respect for the freedom fighter

Indian National Congress also hailed his contribution. 

AAP leader, Dr. Kumar Vishwas remembered the revered geologist Pingali Venkayya. 

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu remembered the freedom fighter on his birth anniversary.

Doordarshan News also paid tribute.

Pingali Venkayya although made tremendous contribution towards the Indian struggle for independence and his name is forever etched in the history books with the national flag but still he is lost in obscurity and not many people know about him. However, now times are a changing and the freedom fighters who fought alongside the popular leaders in the freedom struggle are getting their due.