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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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          1. dr.aseem
            Nov 30, 2016 at 3:28 pm
            Owaisi us a mive ch utiya
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