Before India’s Independence Day in 2022, a social activist drew the Indian tricolour flag on the scleral portion of his right eye in an effort to raise awareness of the country’s freedom struggle. This Coimbatore social activist is bringing attention to the issue by posting a video showing the national flag being painted behind his eye as a display of patriotism. As part of the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked all citizens to fly the national flag in their houses in an effort to instil a better feeling of patriotism among the public. In advance of Independence Day, the PM has also urged residents to switch their profile pictures on social media platforms from August 2 through 15.
UMT Raja, a miniature artist and social activist from Kuniyamuthur in the Coimbatore region, decided to paint his eye the colours of the Indian flag in this case. With hours of focused effort, he painted the miniature of the country’s flag on a very thin film that resembled cloth on the white embryo within the egg shell and attached it to the sclera on the eye.
He also published a video on social media with the national flag highlighted in his eye, claiming that he did this to increase awareness of the national flag. According to reports, Raja encouraged people not to imitate his actions since they could create allergies and eye itching, as well as infection and risk, according to medical professionals.