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Meet Flag Uncle in Delhi who gives free Indian flags on I-Day every year

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Meet Flag Uncle in Delhi who gives free Indian flags on I-Day every year

Abdul Gaffar has been making Indian flags for more than four decades. The 65-year-old runs his shop at Delhi's Sadar Bazaar and is popularly known as the 'Flag Uncle'. Gaffar brings together the entire country -people from all races and religions - by sewing flags.

Abdul Gaffar mostly makes flags of different sizes -24*36, 20*30, 12*18 and 40*60. Interestingly, he runs the business approximately on "no profit" and "no loss" method. He is indeed a true patriot. For earning a livelihood, he makes flags for different political parties.

"I sell a few flags for up to Rs 10,000, but when it comes to the national flag of India, I don't charge anything. I do it at the no-loss-no-profit method," he said.

The 40 to 60-feet flag is sold for around Rs 60,000 and it takes around Rs 55,000 in the manufacturing, Gaffar said. He said that he takes minimum profit for the flags.

He also distributes the Indian tri-colour free of cost on August 15, every year. This shows his love and devotion towards the country.

Gaffar was 15-year-old when he started sewing flags. For the last two generations, Gaffar's family has been sewing the tri-colour. Even on Bakri Eid, they did not take a break and continued sewing flags for Independence Day.

Gaffar also sells the flags abroad. "People fight over the Hindu-Muslim issue. But I think we are human beings first - an Indian, then we can be divided into castes and religions. I don't have to prove my loyalty towards my country. In Sadar Bazaar alone, I get orders for lakhs of flags and then I sell them in local market," Gaffar said.

He said that it takes a lot of time to sew a flag which "ties" the entire country into one yarn. The big flags take a week to be prepared. Now, he mostly gets orders for the big flags.