The Supreme Court ruled that the national anthem accompanied by the national flag must be played before all film screenings in cinema halls, adding that everyone present in the hall must rise and pay respect. The court observed that the national anthem can instill sense of committed patriotism and nationalism. The apex court directed the Centre to ensure that the order should be given effect in a week’s time and be circulated to all the states and Union Territories. The Centre agreed to circulate the order to chief secretaries of all states and to also publish it on electronic and print media. Directing not to “dramatise” or exploit it commercially, the court also added that any abridged version of the national anthem can’t be played in any form for any purpose, especially in commercial ads. SC also said that national anthem should not be printed or displayed on undesirable objects.
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