“National anthem must be played in both Houses of parliament with doors locked”

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered playing of national anthem inside cinema hallsacross the country with the national flag being displayed on screens before the start of a movie.

In its interim roder, the bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra also stated that all people present inside the theatre must rise to pay respect to the anthem.

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“People must feel this is my country and this is my motherland,” a bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said while stressing that it was the duty of every citizen of the country to show respect to the national anthem and the flag.

As expected, the Wednesday’s interim judgement became a dominating theme of social media conversation with an overwhelming majority of users mocking the directive. Supporters of the central government, however, hailed the Supreme Court.

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India is currently governed by BJP, a Hindu nationalist party, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Many users simply failed to find a rationale behind compulsory play of national anthem inside a theatre.

They asked, ‘Why only cinema halls? Why not grocery shop or parliament or assembly halls?”

Some came up with cheeky comments such as ‘The #NationalAnthem should play every time an ATM runs out of cash.”

Here are some of the reactions;

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