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Anthem: BJP says SC’s order will strengthen nationalism

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“It is a very good decision. It will inculcate a sense of patriotism among people, particularly the younger generation. I am very happy about it.” Venkaiah Naidu Union Minister

New Delhi : Welcoming the Supreme Court’s order on national anthem, BJP, on Wednesday, said it will strengthen the spirit of nationalism and the idea of ‘Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’.

The apex court on Wednesday 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. The court also directed that the national flag should be shown on screen when the anthem is played. “BJP welcomes this order and commends the court for it. It will strengthen the spirit of nationalism. National anthem and tri-colour unite us as a nation and this unity will be further strengthened,” party’s National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said.


A strong national spirit will help India become a ‘vishwa guru’ (world leader), he said. BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said the order is a reminder to people that they should have affection and duty towards national institutions and symbols. “It’s a welcome order. Of late, there have been certain controversies. People are not standing up in cinema halls when national anthem is being played.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu also lauded the Supreme Court’s direction that cinema halls across the country must play national anthem before screening a film, saying it will inculcate a sense of patriotism among people particularly the younger generation.

“It is a very good decision. It will inculcate a sense of patriotism among people, particularly the younger generation. I am very happy about it,” Naidu who also holds the portfolio of Information and Broadcasting said.

The apex court said the anthem should not be printed or displayed on undesirable objects, and also barred it from being played on variety shows and its abridged version anywhere. It also said no person should take commercial benefits by playing the anthem and that it should not be dramatised.

“People must feel this is my country and this is my motherland,” a bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said while stressing that it is the duty of every citizen of the country to show respect to the national anthem and the flag. –PTI

But will it boost patriotism? asks Owaisi

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi welcomed the Supreme Court’s direction 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. 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.