Friday, 2 December 2016

I stand up for the National Anthem. And I also stand by SC's order.

After reading so many blogs and post which are condemning supreme court‘s order that the national anthem must be played inside all movie theaters, across the country, I want to convey my thoughts in support of this order. On this Wednesday, November 30, SC of India passed the verdict on a petition filed by Bhopal’s Shyam Narayan Chouski, who is an ex-army person, alleged the misuse of the anthem in TV shows and movies. The court also stated that everyone should respect our national anthem and its commercialization and dramatization on objectionable stuff should be stopped. "When the national anthem is played it is imperative for everyone to show honor and respect. It would instill a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism," said the judges.
I believe respecting the national anthem or our flag is respecting the idea of being an Indian. When I was in school, I was taught that standing for the national anthem is giving honor to our freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for giving us this freedom. So until I was not THAT mature to identify flaws in this standing and respecting rule, I religiously followed this. Not only I but all my classmates used to follow this. Our anthem is not only a song, but inherent in these words is the idea that India was, is and, will remain a great nation.
Now coming to what SC has ordered, I really see no point in playing the national anthem at a theater before a Bollywood pot-boiler is about to be screened. It should be prohibited to play the national anthem in places (like theaters) where standing up could cause disorder and confusion. But if somehow our judiciary thinks that it should be done then it should be done. And we should not have any problem with it. Of course, we are going to sit for next couple of hours to watch a movie then why there is an issue in standing up for 52 seconds in the beginning?
It is widely seen that in our country, people need enforcement of laws. Until they fear of punishment, they keep on doing unethical and inappropriate things. To spit in public is prohibited but people do. To urinate is also a NO NO, still, people do. Cleanliness in an obvious requisite but our PM has to run a whole new campaign for making people aware of its importance. And no wonder there exists people who think they are not supposed to respect the national anthem. OR, it is unnecessary. They take it as a joke that our country is giving us so much and it is our duty to respect it. I know that nationalism doesn’t only mean standing up for the national anthem. But we should have no dispute in giving mere 52 seconds of our lives for showing our nationalism. Hence I don’t consider it as a Nazi order when Supreme Court is forcing people to stand up for the national anthem. However, I don’t want the implementation of this rule at the cost of humiliating a person for his/her physical disability. I wish to get an exemption for folks, who are not doing good health wise, parent who is carrying a baby in lap and elderly people. A law is a law but it is never a digital instruction which can only be either 0 or 1. Robots work on binary instructions (zero or one), we humans are so diverse and critical in terms of applying rules and instruction. So being with this order, I am also in favor of giving relief from this rule to a subset of people, for sure. But again I am against of misusing this exemption window.                                                               

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