The SC says that it is not mandatory to stand up for national anthem in movie halls to prove patriotism. It has hinted to modify the previous verdict.
A Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra hints to modify the National anthem policy. On Monday, the gestures may trigger the apex body to modify its 2016 verdict and make it optional for cinema halls to play the National anthem.
In a clear statement the SC bench backed-up the notion. “We Don’t need to stand up for national anthem in movie halls to prove patriotism,” says SC.
The top court also asked the Centre to consider amending the national flag code if it wanted to enforce the playing of the national anthem in cinema halls across the country.
In November 2016, the court decision regarding the anthem was a national event. “All the cinema halls in India shall play the National Anthem before the feature film starts. And all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the National Anthem.”
On Monday, Chief Justice Misra said the court may modify its order and may replace the word “shall” with “may”. Until then the November order will be in operation.
During the hearing, one of the judges on the bench put up a valid question. Justice DY Chandrachud, asked Attorney General KK Venugopal whether everyone “should wear our patriotism on our sleeves?”
The court was hearing a petition against the November order filed by the Kodungalloor Film Society in Kerala.
Responding on behalf of the government, Venugopal said the playing of the national anthem fostered national unity in a vast and diverse country like India, and referred to the fundamental duties enshrined in the constitution. The attorney general also opposed recalling of the order by the top court.
Well amidst all of this farce, we still question the authenticity of this order. Is it really necessary to play the national anthem in movie halls only? Why cant we practice that in our workplace or other areas of functionality? Even so doing this will guarantee patriotism?