| 05 Oct 2023
Govt writes to states - no commercial exploitation of national anthem

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court in its order relating to the National Anthem made it clear that there will be no commercial exploitation to give financial advantage or any kind of benefit.

The Court was clear that the National Anthem should not be utilized by which the person involved with it either directly or indirectly shall have any commercial benefit or any other benefit.

The Government has now written to the Chief Secretaries of all State Governments and Chief Secretaries/Administrators of all Union Territories to comply with the Supreme Court’s order 0f 30 November 2016 in this regard.

The apex court had said that there will be no dramatization of the National Anthem and it should not be included as a part of any variety show. It is because when the National Anthem is sung or played it is imperative on the part of every one present to show due respect and honour. To think of a dramatized exhibition of the National Anthem is absolutely inconceivable.

Furthermore, the National Anthem or a part of it will not be printed on any object and also never displayed in such a manner at such places which may be disgraceful to its status and tantamount to disrespect.

It is because when the National Anthem is sung, the concept of protocol associated with it has its inherent roots in National identity, National integrity and Constitutional Patriotism.

All cinema halls in India will play the National Anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the National Anthem.

Prior to the National Anthem being played or sung in the cinema hall on the screen, the entry and exit doors shall remain closed so that no one can create any kind of disturbance which will amount to disrespect to the National Anthem.

After the National Anthem is played or sung, the doors can be opened.

When the National Anthem shall be played in Cinema Halls, the National Flag will be displayed on the screen.

The Court had also forbidden any abridged version of the National Anthem made by any one for whatever reason from being played or displayed.