Their patriotic fervor turns the town to a silent mode and halts it completely for 52 seconds every morning. As hard as it may be to digest, at a small tow, Jammikunta in Telangana’s Karimnagar district, National Anthem is played every day in loudspeakers at the stroke of 7:54 am, according to a report by The Indian Express. The initiative was taken during the 71st Independence Day of India. The locals in a town have installed 16 loudspeakers at all important locations. As the national anthem, Jana Gana Mana..starts the town of 45,000 people comes to a stand still. From road transport buses, autos, motorists to children and people on the road everyone stands in a Shavdhan position during the national anthem.
This initiative has received a very positive response from the people. Police said even beggars stood up and passing truck drivers switched off their vehicles as the national anthem played, as per Hindustan Times. Pingili Prashant Reddy, the man behind this initiative, said, “it is to inculcate nationalist fervor.” Reddy, who is a police inspector by profession added, “there was no better occasion than Independence Day to start this initiative, which will be a permanent practice in the town from now on. I hope it spreads from here to others parts of the district, then the state, and finally the entire country,” according to HT.
Reddy said he is also experimenting to use the national anthem as a crime prevention measure. “I believe it can be a good crime prevention tool. If a person leaves home in the morning with the intention of committing a crime but on the way pauses for a minute while the national anthem is played, he would change his mind. His sense of responsibility towards the society would be awakened and he may resist from committing a crime. I think that horrific crimes like Nirbhaya rape which stigmatised the entire country can be prevented if we instill pride for country in people especially the youth,’’ he was quoted saying by The Indian Express. V B Kamalasan Reddy, Karimnagar Police Commissioner, said, “citizens voluntarily stop everywhere for the anthem. It is all voluntary, there is no police intervention,’’ as per IE.