India marked the 55th death anniversary of legendary freedom fighter, Pingali Venkayya (2 August 1876 - 4 July 1963) in a grand manner today.
Tributes are pouring in for Venkayya who also excelled as a linguist and geologist from across the political divide.
Paying tributes to Venkayya, the Congress party said, “We remember Indian freedom fighter, Pingali Venkayya, on his death anniversary. He designed the national flag of India and earned the moniker "Jhanda Venkaiah".
West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Solemnly remembering Pingali Venkayya on his death anniversary. He was the freedom fighter who is best-known for designing our national flag.”
Popularly known as ‘Jhanda Venkaiah’, the patriot hailing from erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, had designed the Indian national flag. His design was later approved by leading figures like Mahatma Gandhi.