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In their endeavour to promote patriotism, MP Naveen Jindal and wife Shallu are launching a coffee table book and music album on the tiranga

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Naveen Jindal’s obsession with the Indian flag is legendary. The Congress MP from Chattisgarh fought a ten-year long legal battle to win Indians the right to fly the national emblem all through the year. Now, taking it a step forward, along with wife Shallu and their Flag Foundation of India, he is launching a coffee table book and an album on the tiranga this evening at the NCPA in Mumbai.

“Naveen and I could celebrate Independence Day everyday. We don’t have to wait for August 15th or January 26th,” says Shallu Jindal when we spoke to her before the event, which will be followed by a ten-day exhibition at the Piramal Gallery.

Priced at Rs 1,200, the book, titled ‘Tiranga: A celebration of the Indian Flag’, has been compiled by independent filmmaker Vijay Jodha. Besides photographs by well-known and upcoming lensmen, it contains personally autographed patriotic messages by renowned personalities including Amitabh Bachchan, Wipro chief Azim Premji and Infosys CEO Narain Murthy.

“The flag is just a symbol through which we are trying to evoke a feeling of belonging in all Indians towards the country. People should want to tackle social issues and make this a country of their dreams, not wait for others to do something,” explains Jindal.

The album CD - ‘Tiranga Tera Anchal’ composed by Vanraj Bhat features seven songs by popular artists like Sunidhi Chauhan, Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam. “More than 54 percent of our population is below the age of 25. We are desperately trying to get them involved to promote and create awareness about the flag,” adds Jindal.

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