Lotus on passports: MEA justifies saying it’s national flower, but in July govt told Parliament it isn’t

India Today | Dec 13, 2019 at 6:41 PM
  • The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said the symbol of lotus has been included in new passports as an additional security measure.
  • Other national symbols in the list include the National Flag, the National Anthem, the National Song, the National Animal, the National Bird and the State Emblem.
  • Thus, even though lotus doesn’t enjoy any legal backing in the form of a government notification to be regarded as the national flower, the MEA included the lotus symbol on passports as an enhanced security measure claiming that it was chosen because it is India’s national flower.