In an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that it would be mandatory for all cinema halls in the country to play the national anthem to visuals of the national flag before every movie screening in a theatre.
While the order created a storm on social media with extreme reactions from all across the country, most politicians sided with the SC's decision, welcoming the move.
Union minister Venkaiah Naidu applauded the decision and said it would help "inculcate patriotism" among youngsters.
He said, " It is a very good decision. It will inculcate a sense of patriotism among people particularly the younger generation."
The Congress leader welcomed the move and said, " This is a good thing. Our National Anthem has to be respected. The young generation should understand and should be educated about the importance of the National Anthem."
According to an IndiaToday report, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Renuka Chaudhary also welcomed the order and felt there was nothing wrong with it.
She said, "It is an old practice, it is a matter of pride to stand up for a few minutes for the National Anthem and then to watch 2-3 hour long movie, there's nothing wrong with it. If you can see some dumb advertisement then why can't you stand for National Anthem."
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The Samajwadi Party leader welcomed the move, calling it a "good decision".
The actor turned politician also agreed with the SC's decision and welcomed the move.
This is what the BJP MP said,
Bajna chahye, flag bhi dikhna chahye,hamara rashtra gaan nahi bajega to kiska bajega? Somalia ka?-Paresh Rawal on SC's national anthem order pic.twitter.com/YtyihGo7l1— ANI (@ANI_news) November 30, 2016
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief was the only one who felt that one cannot be made "patriotic" by forceful measures. In a statement to PTI, he questioned, "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?"
Criticising the order, he even tweeted:
National anthem: Why do we even play it before a movie begins and then bully people to stand? https://t.co/lirrGV4Gpk— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) November 30, 2016
with inputs from PTI