National anthem in theaters: SC verdict welcome, but will it boost patriotism? asks Owaisi

The Supreme Court today directed that cinema halls across the country must play the national anthem before the screening of a film and people should stand up as a mark of respect.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 1, 2016 11:40 am
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen , AIMIM, Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi, Maharashtra government, BJP, Fadanvis, Congress, NCP, Shivsena, Jalna, indian express news AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. (Source: File Photo)

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi welcomed the Supreme Court’s direction Wednesday that cinema halls across the country must play national anthem before the screening of a film, but wondered if it would help boost the feeling of patriotism. Talking to reporters outside Parliament, Owaisi said the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 and the Union Home Ministry’s advisory regarding the national anthem do not talk about citizens requiring to stand up when the anthem is being rendered, and suggested to the government to amend the law and revise the advisory.

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The act prohibits desecration of or insult to the Constitution, national anthem, flag and the country’s map. “It (the directive) is alright and it has to be followed. But the question is whether it requires people to stand up when the anthem is being rendered? Will this help see rise in patriotism or nationalism?” Owaisi asked.

Referring to a report about a disabled person being beaten up for allegedly not standing up while the national anthem was being played at a multiplex in Goa last month, Owaisi sought to know “what can be done in this regard”. “What I believe (is that) children should be taught about (respecting anthem) from very young age… The government needs to amend the 1971 act and correct the MHA advisory,” the Hyderabad MP said, adding that he was for patriotism.

The Supreme Court today directed that cinema halls across the country must play the national anthem before the screening of a film and people should stand up as a mark of respect.

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    Tangirala
    Dec 1, 2016 at 6:56 pm
    what happened to freedoms. Why should we be told how should we feel abt anything. People are enled for opinions and feelings. We are human and have emotions. We don't have to feel the same way at the same to me. Kids don't love parents all the time and parents have frustrating feelings about kids sometimes. Does that mean they are disgusting creatures? No they are just humans. Why can't the same thing happen with patriotism.law should not force us to love something. It is there to protect us from each other not force us to love.If it does it is not law it is tyranny. Look at North Korea they are forced to love their country and their leader. You want India to become North Korea.
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      Dasu
      Nov 30, 2016 at 1:52 pm
      Will it be good if not standing up during the playing of national anthem attract a swift surgical strike?
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        Dg
        Nov 30, 2016 at 2:10 pm
        It will not boost patriotism but only reveal the real traitors amongst us.
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          Dg
          Nov 30, 2016 at 2:18 pm
          People have given lives for creating the nation . Is standing up during the anthem , asking for too much? In fact standing together showcases our unity in diversity.
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            dr.aseem
            Nov 30, 2016 at 3:28 pm
            Owaisi us a mive ch utiya
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              Bharat Kumar
              Nov 30, 2016 at 6:14 pm
              Our judiciary has discovered nationalism. Not to worry now, the vacant posts in judiciary will get filled up real quicklt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;does everyone feel they are getting shock treatment, getting suggestions that they have been mad and depressed all these years?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;whatever, some occupation even if it means needling people to cause distraction is better than no work. Because, you see, an idle mind is a devil's workshop. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Therefore all those nationalistic - say aye. The ayes have it, the ayes have it !
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                Guru
                Nov 30, 2016 at 2:52 pm
                This may be the first time, I don't find Owaisi offensive. I agree, this is not going to make an iota of a difference to the patriotism of anybody, even those commenting before,after me, including me. We will still run away when another Indian is lying on the street after an accident, if a man beats his wife in the middle of a bazaar, if a single thug attacks innocent perby's. Why because we expect the policeman, soldier to come and die for us, so that we can sing praise once he/she is dead. It allows us to avoid honesty we have to show when praising them when alive.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;To stand up in against the "UnIndian" in such a situation would be patriotism, not to an Anthem being pla in an AC theater. That is just a gimmick.
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                  suhas
                  Nov 30, 2016 at 7:39 pm
                  Good question Owaisi by the same token of logic may I ask you by offering namaaz five times a day have all muslims practised the teachings of the prophet and become more brotherly in their approach towards other people? If so why there is so much violence in Islamic countries and history has shown so much bloodshed and wars in the history of muslim majority countries
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                    Srilata
                    Nov 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm
                    A few days ago, I ran into a Black American woman who greeted me in Hindi. She told me she had learned it as a child in Liberia and loved Lata Mangeshkar's songs. I was surprised that she still remembered the language after having lived in the US for more than 60 years. She told me she loved our national anthem as well and proceeded to sing it softly in the bus--Saare jahanse achha, Hindustan haamara. I just told her we used to sing the same song as children in the 1950s in Kolkata. Tagore was a complex man--he deeply loved his country but was an anti-nationalist. Will playing the national anthem make Indians more patriotic? I do hope this patriotism will not be akin to For King and Country.
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                      guest
                      Nov 30, 2016 at 5:36 pm
                      Our national anthem is not Saare jahanse achha. You should know it first!
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                        IML sood
                        Nov 30, 2016 at 11:04 pm
                        Should not people ask for DNA check of this man who is living in India but want to be patriot of some other country!
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                          jk
                          Nov 30, 2016 at 6:54 pm
                          I am doubtful about patriotism. But I am sure people will enter the theatre only after one minute of movie starting. Now people are habituated to stand in queues for long hours, without national anthem thanks to Mr. Modi
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                            jk
                            Nov 30, 2016 at 6:41 pm
                            i am sure people will enter theatre one minute after the show starts. The problems country is facing nobody bothers. We are now standing in the queues without jana, gana, mana
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                              Jaydip
                              Nov 30, 2016 at 6:53 pm
                              Unfortunately, not many common people have the intellect to understand what this even means: "Tagore was a complex man--he deeply loved his country but was an anti-nationalist". That is why we are where we are today!
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                                MAK
                                Dec 1, 2016 at 1:46 am
                                HINDUSTAN ZINDABAD. IS MORE MEANINGFUL. NEXT TIME YOU WRITE THIS ONLY.
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                                  S Subramaniam
                                  Nov 30, 2016 at 1:25 pm
                                  Nationalism and patriotism are inborn.
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                                    Mahender Goriganti
                                    Nov 30, 2016 at 10:57 pm
                                    If we were to follow and mimic US, all these Muslims will be sent to stan and Bangladesh or middle east, and any remaining will be subject to Guantanamo. One such should have been our Jihad Bahi who is contesting place his jailing in Thihar and SC entertains that nonsense, that would not be an issue at all;.
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                                      Mustufa
                                      Nov 30, 2016 at 2:37 pm
                                      It will be always for Indians not only playing national anthem in theaters but on any street anywhere in world. Owaisi should know this.
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                                        Mustufa
                                        Nov 30, 2016 at 2:37 pm
                                        It will be always for Indians not only playing national anthem in theaters but on any street anywhere in world. Owaisi should know this.
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                                          Muneef
                                          Dec 1, 2016 at 1:05 am
                                          Guru, You told something very logic and the truth of the day.lt;br/gt;We Indians are experts in boasting and talking big things but when it comes to be a Man, unfortunately we become Hijra's on street.
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                                            Muneef
                                            Dec 1, 2016 at 12:57 am
                                            It seems that your DNA should be checked as I m sure something is wrong with it.lt;br/gt;Without understanding anything how can you jump to conclusion.....you ?
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