Today marks 98th National Flag Day. It was on April 1, 1921 that Pingali Venkayya presented the tricolor to to Mahatma Gandhi during the All India Congress Committee sessions held at Vijayawada.

Did you know that the man who designed the Indian national flag or the tricolor hailed from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh?

Pingali Venkayya was a freedom fighter and the person who designed the Indian National Flag. He was born in Machilipatnam. Pingali Venkayya was known as the flagman of India. Pingali Venkayya has been immortalized through his creation of the Indian National flag.

Besides being a freedom fighter, Pingali Venkayya was also an educatonist and an authority on agriculture and geology. To commemorate him a postage stamp was issued in 2009 and in 2011.