Aiming to “instill a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism” in citizens, the Supreme Court on Wednesday made it mandatory to play the national anthem before movie screenings in theatres. The apex court has also ordered that, exits will be shut at the time of the national anthem, and everyone present at the theatre should stand up to the anthem.
The court also ruled that, when the Anthem is played, the image of the national flag will be on the screen, and it is “imperative for everyone to show honour and respect”.
A bench led by Dipak Misra, stated that, "People now-a-days don't know how to sing national anthem and people must be taught. We must respect national anthem."
However, no sooner the judgement was passed, individuals took to social media to express their opinion about the “forced nationalism.” To what the court called “the symbol of constitutional patriotism," individuals had their judgement divided.
How about National Anthem in shopping malls?
SC says National Anthem to play before all movies. This is not enough. It should be sung in malls, hospitals, before Uber ride starts, etc.— Kautuk Srivastava (@Cowtuk) November 30, 2016
*National anthem plays*— Rohan (@mojorojo) November 30, 2016
SO PROUD OF COUNTRY I love IT
*4 hours later, Mohenjo Daro ends*
Kya stupid desh hai bc aise logo ko paisa milta hai
There should be a national anthem file attached in all movie torrents: SC— dorku (@Dorkstar) November 30, 2016
Soldiers are standing you can't stand
"SOLDIER ARE STANDING AT THE BORDER!!!! YOU CAN'T STAND FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM BEFORE MOVIE????"— Daniel Fernandes (@absolutelydanny) November 30, 2016
I always thought "Vicco Turmeric, nahi cosmetic" was our national anthem which is why it played before every movie.— Aditi Mittal (@awryaditi) November 30, 2016
Connecting demonetisation with the SC ruling.
If you sing the National Anthem three times in front of a mirror, Modiji appears and gives you a 100 rupee note.— Anuya (@anuyeaah) November 30, 2016
While many expressed their dissatisfaction over the ruling, there were ones who welcomed the move, hitting out at individuals whose opinion differed.