The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered all cinema halls across the country to play the national anthem before the screening of films and that all present must “stand up in respect” till the anthem ended. It said the practice would “instill a feeling within one a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism.”
A bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said that citizen should take pride in national anthem and they should be taught how to sing national anthem.
“People now-a-days don’t know how to sing national anthem and people must be taught. We must respect national anthem,” the top court said.
The apex court also said that the along with the anthem the national flag should also be show on the movie screen.
“Time has come when people must respect national anthem which is part of constitutional patriotism. People must feel that it is their country. It is because of the country that they are enjoying freedom and liberty,” the bench said.
The Centre and states have been given 10 days to implement the court’s order. The Centre said it will circulate the order to all states’ chief secretaries and will also publish it in the electronic and print media.
Further, the SC said the national anthem must not be played on entertainment TV shows as it cannot be commercially exploited. There should not be any dramatisation while singing and playing the national anthem either.
The anthem must not be printed on an “undesirable place” either.
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