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Aug 01, 2017 at 12:50

With the recent Supreme Court ruling making playing of national anthem mandatory before every movie screening, our reporters debate the two sides to the argument.

For the Right Feeling

The national anthem of a nation has the power to bring together, emotionally connect, inspire and make people believe in the greatness of their nation.Currently, there is a lot of development going on in the country. Culturally and socially, we are questioning and reasoning, but somewhere in this process, we have lost the idea of respecting some basic nationalistic ideals, and the national anthem is at the top of that list.

A lot of critics say that patriotism can’t be shown by standing for the national anthem but by standing up for the nation. But if one cannot even stand up for the national anthem, which is a symbol of respect for our nation, how can we expect one to stand up for our country?

Many have also stated that this judgement is against the purpose of going to the cinema, which is leisure. So, these people are ready to stand in the queue for fifteen minutes and even half-an-hour at times, for buying tickets or just popcorn, but cannot stand for exactly 52 seconds in respect for their motherland?

Another critical view among many is the fact that playing the anthem before movies like the “The Dirty Picture” and “Hate Story” would show disrespect to the sanctity of the anthem. I might partially agree with this, but then again, people need to understand that here the problem is with the content of the movie and that has no connection with the national anthem. The idea behind this judgement of the supreme court is simply to bring together many people and instil nationalistic feelings amongst them.

In today’s India, where everyone is demanding their “right to freedom of speech and expression”, it’s time people became aware of the fact that they deserve their rights only if they perform their duties towards this nation.

Sanjana Kumar



But Why the Compulsion?
The unavailing order of the Supreme Court of India in the present context is a mockery of the ongoing judicial system. The travesty lies in compelling the citizens to show forced  patriotism by standing up in a casual setting against their will.

A man and his South African friend were assaulted at a theatre in Parel, Mumbai, because she did not rise to her feet when the national anthem was piped up. Apart from the larger illegality of such an order apart, the directions themselves are frivolous and unimplementable, suggesting a lack of thought on the part of the court or concern for the law which has thus given rise to violence. In the 21stcentury, when the Supreme Court is not able to invest time in matters related to the innumerable crimes against women, it is instead giving greater importance to laws which have no statutory backing, neither does the absence of such a decree affect any fundamental rights of its citizens.

In the last few years, the court has been flooded with a huge backlog of cases. In accordance to the data available with the apex court, the number of pending cases with the Supreme Court was 64,919 as on December 1, 2014 and no serious step has been taken to improve this situation.

I would like to conclude by saying that there is no logical reasoning or law cited to justify this trifling law. They have all been made on the pure say-so of a judge, with the collaboration (if not the urging) of the central government. When anyone in the government next complains about “judicial over-reach”, perhaps this order should be pointed out to them.

Almanya Singh