National Anthem not mandatory in cinemas


The court said the Union government's inter-ministerial committee would take the final call on the issue.

The government on Monday asked the Supreme Court to revise its order saying that an inter-ministerial committee had been formed who will frame all the guidelines related to the playing of the National Anthem on the different occasions. It "cannot be assumed that if a person does not stand up for national anthem, then he is less patriotic", it added.

The court said that the committee should comprehensively look into all aspects.

The Attorney General for India has so far staunchly opposed any prayer for recall of the court order, stating that the directions will help inculcate values and cohesiveness among Indians.

Playing of national anthem will no longer be mandatory in cinema halls before the start of a movie show. Thus, it has been nearly widely accepted by people and is being praised for giving the choice to people, although, they will still need to stand up if the song plays in their Cinema halls. In a few cases, those attacked happened to be disabled, leading the Court to issue a clarification in April 2017 that the disabled were exempt from standing to attention during the National Anthem. And yet, it left the decision to the government on whether the court should modify or reverse its order. The doors of the hall were to be shut during the period when the anthem is played, and the image of national flag was to be displayed on the screen.

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The top court by its November 30 order making mandatory the playing of national anthem in cinema halls before the start of movies described the national anthems as a "symbol of the Constitutional patriotism and inherent national quality". "It causes no harm and it is natural to stand up when the anthem is played", she said. He claimed that the Centre's executive orders in this regard are not being followed, which justifies the court's intervention.

But now in a relief for those against the compulsory playing of National Anthem, here's some good news.

Both the court ruling and the government stand are making waves on social media.

A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice AM Khan Khanwalkar and Justice D last month October.