New Delhi, Dec 19: The Government on Monday wrote to the Chief Secretaries of all State Governments and Chief Secretaries/Administrators of all Union Territories to comply with Supreme Court’s order of making it mandatory to play national anthem in cinema halls. The Supreme Court on November 30 banned dramatizing of the 52-second-long National Anthem and said the national flag must be displayed on the movie screen when the anthem is played.
A bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said it is the duty of every citizen of the country to show respect to the national anthem and the flag. “People must feel this is my country and this is my motherland. At the root of protocol for national anthem, is respect for national identity, integrity and constitutional patriotism,” the bench said.(ALSO READ: National Anthem in cinema halls: Supreme Court grants exemption to differently abled persons )
The Bench said no person should take commercial benefits by playing the anthem and that it should not be dramatized. The bench also directed the Centre that the order should be given effect in a week’s time and be circulated to all States and Union Territories through chief secretaries.
The Supreme Court in the above said Order has directed as follows:
(a) There shall be no commercial exploitation to give financial advantage or any kind of benefit. To elaborate, the National Anthem should not be utilized by which the person involved with it either directly or indirectly shall have any commercial benefit or any other benefit.
(b) There shall not be dramatization of the National Anthem and it should not be included as a part of any variety show. It is because when the National Anthem is sung or played it is imperative on the part of every one present to show due respect and honour. To think of a dramatized exhibition of the National Anthem is absolutely inconceivable.
(c) National Anthem or a part of it shall not be printed on any object and also never be displayed in such a manner at such places which may be disgraceful to its status and tantamount to disrespect. It is because when the National Anthem is sung, the concept of protocol associated with it has its inherent roots in National identity, National integrity and Constitutional Patriotism.
(d) All the cinema halls in India shall play the National Anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the National Anthem.
(e) Prior to the National Anthem is played or sung in the cinema hall on the screen, 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. After the National Anthem is played or sung, the doors can be opened.
(f) When the National Anthem shall be played in Cinema Halls, it shall be with the National Flag on the screen. The abridge version of the National Anthem made by any one for whatever reason shall not be played or displayed.
The Supreme Court’s order came after Shyam Narayan Chouksey filed a PIL seeking directions that the national anthem should be played in cinema halls across the country before a film begins. The Supreme 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.