15 hilarious reactions to SC’s ruling on national anthem being played before film screenings

The Supreme Court said that playing of National Anthem in movie theatres is mandatory.

By: Trends Desk | Updated: December 1, 2016 11:39 am
Supreme Court said National Anthem has to be played in all movie theatres across the country Supreme Court said National Anthem has to be played in all movie theatres across the country

On November 30, the Supreme Court said that playing the National Anthem before the movies in theatres is mandatory because it would “instill a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism” in citizens. In addition to that, pictures of the national flag will also be displayed after the anthem and people must honour them and stand up while it lasts.

“Time has come for people to realise that the national anthem is a symbol of constitutional patriotism…people must feel they live in a nation and this wallowing individually perceived notion of freedom must go…people must feel this is my country, my motherland,” the court said.

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Soon after the judgment, people took to various social media platforms to opine on the matter, with a generous dose of sarcasm, questioning this genre of patriotism being ‘imposed’ on them. Some, in all seriousness, have even pointed out how it’ll probably be an insult to the National Anthem if it’s played before movies with adult sensibilities. “Nothing ignites the patriotic in you as standing up for the national anthem right before watching a movie like grand masti,” tweeted someone.

Obviously, there are exceptions made to the rule, for instance, elders and those with disabilities are exempt from the ruling for now, but the decision hasn’t gone down well with many on social media, and they’ve used their favourite weapon of humour and sarcasm to put their point across.

Sample these.

The court order came on a PIL filed by Shyam Narayan Chouksey, a retired engineer in Bhopal. Chouksey had brought before the bench examples to illustrate how provisions of Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, were being breached.

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  1. A
    Dec 1, 2016 at 6:44 am
    If I shoot someone who does not stand up for the national anthem in a movie hall, will the SC take a lenient view and pardon me???? Better still will the government confer a Padmaja Vibhushan for recognising my exemplary patriotism ???
    1. S
      Nov 30, 2016 at 11:04 am
      "Some one may have ensure a chairman ship in some committee for sure.
      1. A
        Nov 30, 2016 at 10:44 am
        Track these buggers down and slap cases on them- Yes we are intolerant - if its insulting to our nation.
        1. B
          Nov 30, 2016 at 1:25 pm
          The movie should be made only for patriotism.. Songs in between should be anthem.. I love it
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            Elvak Enterprise
            Dec 1, 2016 at 7:10 pm
            Can the Supreme Court p the law that the National Anthem be sung in the court house before any proceedings this will be a very good example to the poce. As soon a s a judge comes into the court the National Anthem should be sang. I of the view that the National Anthem should be sang in schools, Lok sabha, Rajya Sabha, court houses, Political Gathering, Major sport compeions, the police station at office opening.
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              Nitin Raval
              Nov 30, 2016 at 6:27 pm
              Shyam Narayan Choukse should have filled a PIL for abolishing the present National Anthem, which is a symbol of SLAVERY TO THE BRITISHERS.
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                Shri Soni
                Dec 3, 2016 at 5:49 am
                We are citizens of an evolving democracy; Most of us are ready to sacrifice entertainment for greater cause of patriotism or idealism of unity of largest democracy ...just like everyone is seen in ques to follow the idealism of wiping out black money. ..
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                  Raj Mohan
                  Nov 30, 2016 at 11:01 am
                  Judicial activism at its worst. Courts should leave such matters to the Government.lt;br/gt;patriotism cant be imposed like this
                  1. R
                    Nov 30, 2016 at 10:52 am
                    I am not sure how much patriotism can be inspired by having the National Anthem before a movie. Plus what sense would it make or how proper would it be to play the National Anthem before a B-grade movie or some really cheap/cheesy slapstick movie.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It all boils down to the prevailing laws that somehow make the National Flag and Anthem into some kind of sacred symbols that get tarnished easily. True nationalism of course means respecting these, but going overboard with the respect achieves nothing. If anything, more patriotism can be inspired simply by showing kids movies depicting the lives of our freedom fighters - this is missing in school curricula. Patriotism is a value that has to be inculcated - not forced - in kids by school teachers and parents. Another idea is to have compulsory military service (conscription) for individuals above 18 years of age for a period depending on the individual's age, health, etc. This for sure will inspire tremendous patriotism in people!
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                      Satish Choudhary
                      Nov 30, 2016 at 10:39 am
                      I think making fun of our nation has become fashionable nowadays. It's a fact that unearned freedom is never respected and we as the people of India will never understand the nation that India is. Very unfortunate indeed.
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                        AANAND GAUTAM
                        Nov 30, 2016 at 2:08 pm
                        Another ruling by Patriotic Courtlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Anthem will be sung by SUNNY LEONElt;br/gt;Sab khade ho jayenge and sabka khada bhi ho jayega!!!!! Abb koi complain nai karega.......lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Janhit me jaari......
                        1. S
                          Dec 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm
                          Nothing justifies murdering a fellow human being over not singing the national anthem.
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