• SC refuses to hear plea against national anthem before movies

    December 01, 2016

    “Whether right or wrong, our order should not be overstretched. Bar should show some restrain,” the Bench said.

    The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea of a BJP leader and lawyer seeking playing of national anthem in all courts before the start of proceedings.

    A bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said it is not inclined to entertain the plea of BJP spokesperson Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay after Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi submitted that the petitioner should file a proper application.

    “Whether right or wrong, our order should not be overstretched. Bar [referring to Upadhyay] should show some restrain,” the Bench said.

    Earlier in the morning, Mr. Upadhyay mentioned the plea before the Bench which, on November 30, made it mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening a movie and the audience must stand and show respect.

    The Bench has then sought AG’s assistance to learn his view on the plea of Mr. Upadhyay.

    In its November 30 order, the apex court said that “love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the national anthem as well as to the national flag. That apart, it would instill the feeling within one a sense committed patriotism and nationalism.”

    It said that when the anthem is played, the national flag shall be shown on the screen and the order should be given effect in a week’s time.

    The bench also said that prior to the anthem being played or sung in the cinema hall, the entry and exit doors shall remain closed so that no one can create any kind of disturbance, which will amount to disrespect to the national anthem and the doors can be opened once it is over.


    Although patriotic feelings are not necessasry to be expressed every second of your day, there is no harm in singing the national anthem before the sceering of movies. There appears no sense of a debate over this and the real question is where are our priorities. While the country is having a hard time getting into cinema halls because of the demonetization, we are debating whether or not to sing national anthem before movies. Why not? We should indeed!

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