India Cinemas Ordered to Play National Anthem

    India's supreme court has ruled that the national anthem must be played in every cinema before a film is screened.
    Judges said the order should be enforced within 10 days and audiences must stand when the anthem is played.
    The hashtag #National Anthem was one of the top trends on Twitter India on Wednesday afternoon. 
    There is no uniform law in India regarding the anthem and the 29 states have had their own laws on the issue. 
    According to the new ruling, the anthem must be played in all cinemas, accompanied by an image of the Indian flag.
    Opinions on the court move differed from people to people.
    "The people should stop following individual notions of freedom and have a sense of committed patriotism," judges said.
    Shyam Narayan Chouksey, a 77-year-old resident of Bhopal, had petitioned the court asking for the national anthem order.
    "Over the years I've been seeing that the proper respect for the national anthem is not being paid by the common people as well as the constitutional functionaries," he told the BBC Asian Network.  Shaina NC, spokesperson for the ruling BJP party, called the court ruling a "fantastic" move.
    However,a group of people thought that the purpose of going to theater was just for entertainment.

   In addition,although there is no specific law that mandates standing for the anthem in India, the home ministry's rules, which carry the force of law, specify that it is compulsory to stand to attention when the anthem is played. And cinemas that play the anthem often display messages asking audiences to stand up.
    There is some concern that people could be targeted for not "respecting" the national song.
    In October the BBC carried an article by a disabled man who described how he had been assaulted for not standing up for the anthem in a cinema.
    Last year, a group of people were thrown out of a cinema hall for not standing for the national anthem. 
    In 2014, a man was beaten by a mob in Mumbai after his South African friend refused to stand for the national anthem.
    Also in 2014, a man in the southern state of Kerala was charged with sedition for refusing to stand. 
    In the 1960s and 1970s, cinemas regularly played the anthem but the practice declined. So in my opinion,itís hard for all the people to obey the new order.

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