1. Asaduddin Owaisi welcomes SC verdict on national anthem, but questions whether it will boost patriotism

Asaduddin Owaisi welcomes SC verdict on national anthem, but questions whether it will boost patriotism

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi welcomed the Supreme Court's direction today that cinema halls across the country must play national anthem before the screening of a film, but wondered if it would help boost the feeling of patriotism.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 30, 2016 6:16 PM
Asaduddin Owaisi_PTI L The act prohibits desecration of or insult to the Constitution, national anthem, flag and the country’s map. (Source: PTI)

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi welcomed the Supreme Court’s direction today that cinema halls across the country must play national anthem before the screening of a film, but wondered if it would help boost the feeling of patriotism.

Talking to reporters outside Parliament, Owaisi said the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 and the Union Home Ministry’s advisory regarding the natinal anthem do not talk about citizens requiring to stand up when the anthem is being rendered, and suggested to the government to amend the law and revise the advisory.

The act prohibits desecration of or insult to the Constitution, national anthem, flag and the country’s map.

“It (the directive) is alright and it has to be followed. But the question is whether it requires people to stand up when the anthem is being rendered? Will this help see rise in patriotism or nationalism?” Owaisi asked.

Referring to a report about a disabled person being beaten up for allegedly not standing up while the national anthem was being played at a multiplex in Goa last month, Owaisi sought to know “what can be done in this regard”.

“What I believe (is that) children should be taught about (respecting anthem) from very young age… The government needs to amend the 1971 act and correct the MHA advisory,” the Hyderabad MP said, adding that he was for patriotism.

The Supreme Court today directed that cinema halls across the country must play the national anthem before the screening of a film and people should stand up as a mark of respect.

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    Hbb ahmd
    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:29 pm
    Certainly, it is a good idea but shud we not teach the uneducated mes abt what's National Anthem first & why it is being pla. or else a lot of ppl get arrested for showing disrespect.
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    1. Jyoti Mitra
      Dec 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm
      Sons of Satan must not pee anywhere, Satan will land there with his mother. All cirscribed head must dump their Hadiths on their mom's lap. This head wants Mullis sing Chaturvujam of ARR only. Dwarfs must be banned from political company & should be given high dose stress relievers. Mullis can only live with pig & horses.
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      1. S
        Selvam
        Nov 30, 2016 at 9:41 pm
        What is wrong paying a little tribute and respect to the place and Country where one lives.People in India just want to complain about everything, and are not willing to share the burden of the normal people.
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