On the National Flag of Nepal

Some Nepali people think the current national flag of Nepal, triangular and only such in the world, needs to be changed while others think it’s unique and it’s okay. UWB received an article by Prakash Bom about the necessity of the new flag and a photo of “a model flag for the People’s Republic of Nepal” from Shree Shrestha.

I wish the Nepali leaderships had spoken about the need of a new national flag for a new democratic Nepal before the elections of the constituent assembly. I dream of a national flag of the peaceful stars on the horizon of the summit of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) for new democratic Nepal. The number of peaceful stars will get derived from the restructuring of the state under the Federal Democratic government system.

First of all the people did not choose the current national flag, but accepted for granted as given by the feudal oligarchic regimes to lay the Hindu patriotic values. Many of us are caught up with its unique shape without realizing its connotations with the Hindu nationalism that sustains on the royalist values.

We have decided to change the national anthem (article on English). We have suspended the monarchy. We are about to print our national currency with the pillar of national glory – the Sagarmatha. It is time for new democratic Nepal to think over changing the national flag that can symbolize our true nationalism and the value.

Our nationalism rises up to the pinnacle of the Mount Everest and our national values and pride reach to the glory of Buddha, Ansubarma, Bhirkuti and Arniko. That is how Nepal has been recognized and appreciated in the world. On the glory of our true nationalism and pride we have to begin building our new prosperous democratic Nepal.

Our new democratic national flag must be able to embrace our diverse ethnicity, culture, religions, gender, and inhabitance of different geographical regions with the promise to guarantee our civil liberty and human rights; with the federal democratic electoral system for governing our constituents by the elected representatives from each constituent residence. We must transcend all impediments to create a flag of the nation, which can unit us all to serve the nation.

Current national flag of Nepal:

National Flag of Nepal

The national flag of Nepal (left) is the only non-quadrangular national flag, and one of only two non-rectangular official jurisdictional flags in the world (the other is the flag of the American state of Ohio). The flag is a simplified combination of two single pennants that represent, for some, the mountains of Nepal while for others the Hindu flags. The flag was adopted, with the formation of a new constitutional government, on December 16, 1962. The individual pennants had been used for the last two centuries and the double pennant since the 19th century.

The blue border denotes peace and harmony that has been prevalent in the country since the age of Gautam Buddha, who was born in Nepal. The crimson color is Nepal’s national color, and it indicates the brave spirit of the Nepalese people. The structure of flag has been the topic of great discussions in recent times, especially in the Constituent Assembly, as Maoists have expressed their wish to change the flag saying the triangles denote that Nepal is a Hindu Country. For them, Sun (surya) and Moon (chandra) denote the ancient Hindu rulers Surya Gupta and Chandra Gupta. It has been clear in the past several months (in late 2009) that overwhelming majority of Nepali people support the current flag arguing that the triangles represent Nepal’s world famous mountains and Sun and Moon symbolize eternal Nepal. Indeed, a very very popular song says:

Rato ra chhandra surya jungi nishan hamro
Jiundo ragat sari yo baldo yo shaan hamro

Jaba samma chhandra surya aakash ma rahanchha
Taba samma hunchha aafnai rato ragat yo hamro

[The red flag, with Sun and Moon on it, is symbol of our pride that shines just like the blood that flows in us.]

It’s true that triangular flag has been a Hindu symbol of victory since the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The depiction of celestial bodies represents permanence, the hope that Nepal will last as long as the sun and the moon. The moon symbolizes that the Nepalese are soothing and calm, while the sun symbolizes fierce resolve.



311 responses to “On the National Flag of Nepal”

  1. mon Avatar

    that flag most bee have improtence by cheange most shold make to new nepal !!!
    i would like to cheange to nepalies flag


  2. Stockofnepal Avatar

    good post. Thanks

  3. nothappy Avatar

    Look! I understand that you believe that the flag was an imposition on us by an “feudal oligarchic” system. but you should also understand that the flag is important to us. Going to a new future does not mean that you should discard or disrespect your history. In fact you should appreciate it and learn from it, take the good and learn from the mistakes, understand that people are just people and can make mistakes. It’s history because it is gone and you cannot change it even if you change the flag, it is just a sign of your denial of you own heritage. History is important because it has made us who we are. We are not a different state, we just adopted a different form of government. We are still Nepal, and changing a symbol this important to us is just going to lead to a confusion of identity. I am not very into politics so I can’t really tell you what significance it would have from a political point of view. I am just saying this from the view an ordinary person.
    Trying to obliterate your history will not give you anything but just some more headache than what you already have. There are more important issues that need to be addressed right now than concerning yourself with changing something that is already good. And that flag is beautiful. It reminds me my kindergarten days when everything felt right.

  4. Naveen sharma Avatar
    Naveen sharma

    i would be proud to be a Nepali

  5. 2muchchange Avatar

    Changing the flag will change NOTHING. What we need to change is our mentality; until and unless we change our old mindset of blaming everything on others, we can keep changing everything…development and progress will only come when we hold those in power accountable and take responsibility for the country. We don’t shy away from destroying public amenities in fits of rage…we don’t feel ashamed while trashing the streets or peeing in public! Change that instead of our unique flag. It holds sentimental value for a lot of people…

  6. big g Avatar
    big g

    i am very much happy with our extra ordinary flag

  7. Furious Avatar

    If you do change the flag of Nepal, that makes us less unique and I as a Nepali disagree for this change to occur.

  8. weight works whichever Avatar

    Hello, yup this article is in fact nice and I have learned lot of things from it regarding blogging.

  9. nepalibabu Avatar

    communist flag jasto cha. yesti flag ko lagi war garera jitnu partheyo. war garera jitnu sakena yesto haruwa flag hudaina. puranai flag ramro cha just change the meaning.

  10. nepalibabu Avatar

    are you ready to die to change flag of Nepal?

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