How Did The Sikh Flag Ensignia End Up On The Iranian Flag?
Ayatollah Khomeini who was born in Punjab, India changed the name of Persia to Iran after the Shah was overthrown in 1977 and also insisted that the Sikh flag emblem be put on the Iranian flag. Khomeini was well known to have been influenced by Sikh culture and the Sikh religion (which was relatively uncontaminated during his time).
The Sikh flag consists of two sabres over a broadsword and a Sikh Chakkar (an iron ring worn on the head of warriors). The chakkar is optional on the flag. The Sikh Flag is called The Nishan Sahib (“The Respected Mark“).
IranNewsBlogspot reports on this as follows:
The non-violent movement in Iran has been opposing the mullahs since 12 Feb 79 and we have managed to stop them in many areas where they were planning to wipe out our culture. Sadly the world press does not report our success, and ironically reports far too late some horrible stories about the destruction of our most cherished cultural heritages. We know how the name of Iran was changed, and how Khomeini insisted on having that Sikh emblem on it (a reference to his own origins).
The video below celebrates the flag of The Sikh Nation – The title of the song means – May The Sikh Flag Keep on fluttering In The wind.
Satwinder Bitti sings the song: The Flag Of The Sikh Nation: