Playing the national anthem in cinema halls before screening films is not mandatory in Maharashtra now.
Following the Supreme Court’s order last month, the state home department has directed all district administrations and police commissioners to implement the order and submit a report in stipulated time. Maharashtra was among the first few states to make the national anthem mandatory in cinema halls in 2003.
The state home department issued the order, dated February 1 Continue reading
The Centre on Monday asked the Supreme Court to put on hold its order that made playing the national anthem in cinema halls mandatory, effectively reversing its support of the November 2016 directive that drew flak from free speech activists.
More than year after the order was implemented, the government said it had constituted an inter-ministerial committee to frame new guidelines on playing of the national anthem and would require six months to finalise them.
Until then, the Centre urged the top court to “consider restoration of status quo ante, which is restoration of the position as it stood before the order was passed by the court on November 30, 2016” with regard to the direction that mandates playing of national anthem in cinema halls before Continue reading