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DNPUN42654 | 9/23/2011 | Author : Priyanka Naithani | WC :488

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Scientist Chaitanya Hiremath, who is now settled in the US, has come up with a world flag to remind people that we are a part of one big family on earth

Chaitanya Hiremath, a 49-year-old senior drug discovery scientist, who specialises in bioinformatics and teaches at several universities in the US, has come up with a 21st century world flag.
After working as a senior fellow at Harvard Medical School and a visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he created the unique and scientific world flag which was released on April 14 at the World Fest event in Massachusetts, USA.
Hiremath’s father was in the army and was based in Pune from 1962 to 1965. After completing his schooling from Belgaum Military School, Hiremath pursued his PhD from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Before moving to the US in 1991, he kept visiting Pune, as his brother used to work in the city. “I worked for a year as a full-time faculty and chief coordinator of bioinformatics centre in the University of Pune in 2006,” says Hiremath, whose mother resides in Hadapsar.
When asked how he came up with the idea of making a world flag, he adds, “I was a part of the school advisory board at Crisafulli Elementary School in the US and we worked in many school projects which comprised several communities. We observed there were 56 different countries who speak 27 different languages. It is a trend to hoist flags that represent each country on special occasions. During this time, I came to a conclusion that we didn’t have a symbolic world flag. My aim was to create a universal symbol of life on earth,” says Hiremath.
He adds, “If you observe the US flag there are 50 stars which represent the 50 states. We have around 14 world flags, one is the United National flag that belongs to an organisation and cannot be used by everyone. Another flag is known as the earth flag. It is just a picture of the earth taken from the space. The world flag would represent the oneness in the world.”
Hiremath opines that we as humans have an advantage over all other forms of life on earth, so it’s our moral duty to respect other species irrespective of their shape, size and forms. He has chosen the green, blue and white colours because according to him, serene places are often characterised by blue sky, white clouds and green vegetation. “The clock-like design symbolises the eternal undiminished existence of the world. It represents various species such as humans, bacteria, algae, trees, mushrooms, worms, butterflies, shells, sea stars, amphibians, reptiles and birds based on the scientific tree of life. The central region symbolises the completeness, evenness and oneness of the world,” affirms the scientist.
Hiremath’s aim is raise the flag above all other national flags on one particular day. “We need the world flag to remember that we are all part of one big family on earth. I wanted to represent life on the flag, as the best part about our planet earth is it has life on it.”

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