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It’s Not Compulsory To Stand When National Anthem Is Being Played In Cinema Halls, Says SC

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It’s Not Compulsory To Stand When National Anthem Is Being Played In Cinema Halls, Says SC

On Monday, the apex court of India gave its acceptance to consider an appeal which is related to making changes in its earlier order which made it compulsory for cinema halls to play the national anthem.  However, the central government differs from the Supreme Court on this move.

The court stated in its order that patriotism should not be forced on citizens and patriotism can’t be infused in the citizens by the orders of the court. It also asked the central government to make amendments in the national flag code to regulate the subject and fixed January 9 as the date till the rules should be framed.

News agency PTI reported that the bench which had Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud and Chief Justice Dipak Misra stated that the central government has to make a decision which should not be affected by its earlier order regarding the playing of national anthem in cinema halls.

Attorney General KK Venugopal represented the centre in the court and said that as India is a diverse country, hence to bring equality, national anthem needs to be played in theatres.

Earlier in November 2016, the SC made it necessary for theatres to play national anthem before the movie starts and it was compulsory for everyone present there to stand up as a gesture of respect. But in Feb 2017, the court made it clear that it is not compulsory to stand up if the national anthem is being played or sung as a part of the movie or any documentary.

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Twitter also reacted over the matter and here are few selected tweets:

Don’t disrespect national anthem:

Is national anthem symbol of patriotism?

SC is mocking it:

No need to stand for these judges:

Many will agree with this:

A jibe at Delhi’s odd & even rule:

Fantastic judgement:

A balance is required:

However, there were few who did not have any problem in standing for the national anthem:

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