“Playing the National anthem in movie theatres and people present in theatres must stand-up” was made mandatory by the Supreme Court in the year 2016. This issue has become a very controversial among many movie-goers and argued, as to why National Anthem should be observed while the justice department or courts are not even following this practice. Supreme Court had made it compulsory in the year 2016 to play National Anthem and movie viewers must stand up while it is being played to show their patriotism. Supreme Court has heard the comments of Indian citizens that instilling one’s “Patriotism” by listening and standing up for National Anthem should not be done forcibly by a Court. While pronouncing its verdict the Supreme Court left its discretionary powers to the Parliament panel in those days.
“National Anthem – Not Mandatory in Cinema Halls,” Says Supreme Court
The central Government has done its survey revealed the fact to the Supreme Court that Playing National Anthem and enforcing ‘Patriotism’ should not be done as an obligation. Today, Supreme Court has acceded to the recommendations made by the central Government. The court has made modifications today i.e., 9th January 2018 to its earlier orders given in 2016.
Abinav Shrivastav, the lawyer for the petitioner said,” We are happy. Part of our demands has been met. We will give our suggestions to the panel”
“All people present in theatres must ‘stand up in respect’ till the anthem played,” as per the court’s initial order in November 2016; giving an exception to ‘differently- abled’ people. Since then it has become a nationwide debate. The Supreme Court pronounced its orders to the public and movie theatres, “All present in theatres must ‘stand up in respect’ till the anthem played. That would instill a feeling within one, a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism,”
The Union home ministry formed an inter-ministerial committee In December last year, which had been headed by a special secretary-rank officer from the home ministry. The panel had hand-picked, 10 members not below the rank of joint secretary — one each from the ministries of Home, Defence, External Affairs, Culture, Women and Child Development, Information & Broadcasting, Minority Affairs, Law, Human Resource Development and from the department of empowerment of persons with disabilities submitted its report yesterday stating that playing National Anthem should not be done forcibly to instill patriotism in the minds of people.
It is interesting to observe the suggestion of the panel that such an order given by the Supreme Court had shown many adverse effects instead of positive effects.