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Govt's U-Turn on National Anthem in Theatres

Govt's U-Turn on National Anthem in Theatres

The Centre on Monday took a surprising U-turn from its stance of playing the National Anthem before the start of a movie in cinema halls across the country. The Union govt. told the Supreme Court that it is not mandatory to play National Anthem in theatres anymore.

In an affidavit submitted to the Apex court on Monday, the Centre requested the Court to modify its order that makes National Anthem mandatory in cinema halls. The government further informed the court that an Inter-Ministerial Committee has been set up to frame new guidelines on the issue, and that the final decision will be based on the committee's recommendations. Six months time was sought by the Centre for completing the entire exercise.

The Centre has now made its stance clear in response to the Supreme Court's earlier order dated, October 23, 2017. The Supreme Court then said that standing for National Anthem in theatres was not a measure of patriotism, and asked the Centre to come up with a response in that regard by January 2018.

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