Bihar: India has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for waving the maximum number of national flags simultaneously, the Ministry of Culture said Monday. It said 78,220 tricolors were waved at the Veer Kunwar Singh Vijayotsav programme organised at Duler Ground in Jagdishpur in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah.
“The most people waving flags was achieved by Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Culture, Government of India (India), to celebrate Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ at Jagdishpur, Bhojpur, Bihar, India on April 23, 2022,” the Guinness World Records certificate read.
The event was held to pay a tribute to the victory of the then King of Jagdishpur, Veer Kunwar Singh, one of the heroes of the freedom struggle of 1857, the ministry said. The event was organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Culture under the ’Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.
The historic event took place during Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Bihar.
Amit Shah was joined by top BJP leaders from Bihar, including Union ministers R K Singh and Nityanand Rai, deputy chief ministers Tarkishor Prasad and Renu Devi and their predecessor Sushil Kumar Modi in waving the tricolour for full five minutes, as the national song ‘Vande Mataram’ played in the background.
The ‘Amrit Mahotsav’ was organised to commemorate the 164th anniversary of freedom fighter Veer Kunwar Singh – a key figure in the 1857 mutiny . Veer Kunwar Singh fought his last battle near Jagdishpur on April 23, 1858, and defeated the East India Company in this battle. Kunwar Singh died in service for the nation after taking down the Union Jack flag from Jagdishpur Fort.
“In his address, the Union Home Minister said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has envisioned that in 2047, India should lead globally and this can be our true tribute to all brave freedom fighters like Veer Kunwar Singh. Babu Kunwar Singh was also a great social reformer and he had placed the idea of welfare of the backward and downtrodden before the nation at that time,” the government statement read.
The previous world record was of about 56,000 when Pakistani flags were waved at a function in Lahore in 2004.