SC’s order on national anthem
This refers to the edit “Standing order” (FE, December 1, 2016). I was highly dismayed to learn about your paper’s opposition to the Supreme Court order that mandates the playing of the national anthem in cinema halls with simultaneous display of the national flag before the start of the actual movie. Notwithstanding the existing provisions relating to the National Anthem (Orders) available on the website of the Union home ministry that contain a list of all occasions when the anthem is to be played, should an issue concerning our national anthem be treated so shabbily? It is ironical that there are certain people who arr always conscious of their rights, but unfortunately not about their responsibilities to the nation. It may be recalled that earlier also the nation had witnessed some mindless protests from the vested interests over the issue of freedom of expression. But, it is highly disturbing that even your paper questions the Supreme Court’s well-meaning verdict. Why show utter disrespect to our own national anthem, in the name of the individual freedom, be tolerated? Why are some learned people feeling shy about standing (as a mark of respect) whenever and wherever our national anthem is played? Why was the Supreme Court compelled to remind all of us to show the due respect to our own national anthem?
SK Gupta, Delhi
While the poor response to the nationwide bandh called by the Left parties against demonetisation reflects the mood of people, disruptions in both Houses for the tenth day shows how people’s representatives mandated to work for the welfare of citizenry behave in a self-serving manner. When aam admi stood quietly in queues at ATMs, banks and withdrew the money without feeling the pinch, that the parties opposing the government’s move by capitalising on peoples’ misery is unfortunate. Though parties have the right to protest in Parliament, they do have an obligation to do justice to their existence and people keeping in mind the larger national interest above petty politicking.
R Prabhu Raj, Bengaluru