Today, a division bench of Justice Amitava Roy and Justice Dipak Misra of the Supreme Court of India passed a judgement regarding the National Anthem. The Court ordered to play the Anthem before screening any movie. The Supreme Court also ordered that no part of the anthem should be printed on any undesirable object. The court further banned that the dramatisation of the Anthem for commercial purposes, saying:
There should not be any commercial exploitation of the National Anthem.
This will prevent the dramatisation of the National Anthem. Earlier, only Maharashtra had made it compulsory. Now, after this order, theatres across the country will have to play the Anthem. The court also ordered that everyone present in cinema hall should rise in respect to the anthem. The court said:
Citizens must respect the National Anthem and the national flag.
The Centre has reassured that it will circulate the order on print and digital media. Also, the centre would inform all States through their Chief Secretaries to ensure widespread publicity. This judgement is against a PIL filed by Shyam Narayan Chouksey.
Coincidentally, on this day, exactly one year ago, Rajdeep Sardesai had this to say about the anthem:
My view on national anthem controversy: couple ought to have stood up, but are free not to. And it isn't a crime/illegal/anti national.
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 30, 2015