Supreme Court Latest: No Need To Stand In Theaters While National Anthem

On Monday Supreme Court gave a statement that People do not need to stand up in cinema halls to prove their patriotism and “cannot be forced to carry patriotism on their sleeves”. Asking the Centre to consider amending the rules to regulate the playing of the National Anthem before a film.

Because our top court also observed that it cannot be assumed that if a person does not stand up for the National Anthem, then he is “less patriotic”.

Even Supreme Court said that will not allow the government to just like a shoulder shot and asked it to take a call either way on the issue of regulating the playing of the anthem before a film.

At last 30th November, the bench also indicated that it may modify its order that which the playing of the anthem was made mandatory in the movie halls before the screening of a film, and may replace the word “shall” with “may”.

The bench members  Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud as compromising fact said that “People go to cinema halls for undiluted entertainment. Society needs entertainment. We cannot allow you (Centre) to shoot from our shoulders. People do not need to stand up in cinema halls to prove their patriotism.” 

Even yes! Desirability is one thing but making it compulsory is another. Citizens cannot be forced to carry patriotism on their sleeves and courts cannot inculcate patriotism among people through its order.

The court’s strong remarks came on a petition filed by Kodungallur Film Society, Kerala to recall the November order passed on a PIL filed last year by one Shyam Narayan Chouksey seeking directions that the National Anthem should be played in all the cinema halls before a film begins.

In contrast to Monday’s remarks, a bench headed by Justice Misra had ordered the theatres across the country in November last year to “mandatorily” play the National Anthem before a movie and the audience must stand and show respect, in a bid to “instill committed patriotism and nationalism”.


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