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The Maldive Flag Mystery

Maldives Flag until 1903

Flag of the Maldives until 1903

If the flag of the Maldive kings from time immemorial were their connection with Communism, then Communism originated in the Maldives, or so one would think. Indeed the Maldive red flag predates Communism by a long shot. Communism had nothing to do with the Maldive kings.

The older flag was a sensible one because, against a blue background (the ocean) red is the most visible colour. Flags were originally meant to serve a practical purpose. They were supposed to be easily seen in forums of war and other circusmstances.

The older flag was a sensible one because, against a blue background (the ocean) red is the most visible colour. Flags were originally meant to serve a practical purpose. They were supposed to be easily seen in forums of war and other circusmstances.

The black and white hoist called the dhandimathi was an extension of the flagpole. In the olden days some flagpoles were painted white with a black strip spiralling upwards... Read More[...]

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