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Why should I prove my patriotism: Pawan Kalyan slams SC order on national anthem

Pawan questioned as to whom he should prove his patriotism and why film theatres are turned into a testing ground for testing one's love for the country.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
December 18, 2016 2:14:37 pm
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Tollywood actor and Jana Sena party leader Pawan Kalyan engaged in a Twitter tirade targeting the BJP-led government over the issue of patriotism. He also took an exception to the Supreme Court order, which made playing the national anthem at all cinema theatres in the country, compulsory.

Pawan questioned as to whom he should prove his patriotism and why film theatres are turned into a testing ground for testing one’s love for the country. “True patriotism will come into experience when an individual or political party goes beyond caste, creed, class, religion, region, ethic n linguistic differences,” he posted on his Twitter page.

“Patriotism cannot be seen through as one party’s perspective or ideals. The meaning of true patriotism is deeply rooted in human value and it’s holistic nature,” he added.

He also noted that in a democracy differing with the government’s opinion cannot be called anti-national and he even invoked the JNU controversy. “Even if they want to take such extreme view about their opponents, first let them hear out ..without stifling their voice, then take the needed action. In haste, if they take any action it will only backfire as it did in JNU students sedition case and it was proven that the tape was doctored,” he tweeted.

He also asked why political parties cannot begin their meetings with the national anthem and lead the nation by example. “A simple evening to spend time with family and friends to watch a movie has been made into a testing ground to prove one’s patriotism,” he added. “Why not political parties start their meetings with the national anthem, why only cinemas? Why not the highest offices in the country? Those who preach and enforce laws – why don’t they lead us by example?? So they are ‘sign posts’??”.




In 2014, Pawan has campaigned in support of TDP-BJP alliance. However, his political ties with the BJP suffered a setback after the Centre government failed to fulfill the promise of providing special status to Andhra Pradesh.

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