Review playing of national anthem in cinema halls, SC to Centre

Bryan Strickland
October 24, 2017

The November 30, 2016, order made it mandatory that the national anthem should be played at the commencement of film in all cinemas and moviegoers will have to stand during the playing of the national anthem. Tomorrow someone may say people should not come in shorts and t-shirts in cinema halls as National Anthem is played there.

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Gujarat government to apprise it within four weeks whether any departmental action was initiated or taken against the police officers whose conviction in the case of gang-rape of Bilkis Bano on March 3, 2002 during the Gujarat riots was upheld.

The court hinted that it may replace the word "shall" with "may". The court said that the center should not be influenced by any of the earlier orders or current observations of the Supreme Court in this matter.

While hearing the matter, Justice D Y Chandrachud said, " you do not have to stand up in the cinemas during the National Anthem to prove your patriotism".

On Monday, Justice DY Chandrachud questioned the rationale, saying there is no need for an Indian to "wear his patriotism on his sleeve".

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Asking why should the top court take the burden of passing an order extending the mandatory playing or singing of the national anthem in public places, the bench said the Flag Code was not exhaustive and the government could pass orders to regulate it. Justice Chandrachud observed and told Attorney General Venugopal that what the court was being asked to do could be done by the Centre. The bench was hearing an application from a Kerala-based film society seeking to recall the November 30, 2016, order on the ground that it amounted to judicial legislation. People go to cinema for undiluted entertainment and to ease out.

"These are matters of entertainment".

The court had said a year ago that it would be mandatory for all those in the cinemas to stand up as a sign of respect when the anthem is played. Where do we draw a line?

"You don't have to stand up at a cinema hall to be perceived as patriotic", Justice Chandrachud said. Why people should assume that everyone who don't sing or stand for the national anthem is not patriotic. Can you say this is disrespect to the national anthem? He pointed out that it is an offence if the national flag is defaced, burnt or disfigured.

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