Playing national anthem in cinema halls not mandatory
Playing the national anthem in cinema halls is not mandatory anymore.
The Supreme Court stated this on 09/01/2018, a day after the government asked it to review its October 2016 order, in which it had made playing Jana Gana Mana mandatory to instil “committed patriotism and nationalism.”
Reiterating that citizens should respect the anthem, the top court directed a panel, set up by the government, to take into account all aspects of the matter. The SC has also retained that, irrespective of the government's decision, differently-abled citizens will be exempt from standing when the anthem is played.