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AGAIN NATIONAL ANTHEM

JANUARY 9, 2017

Indian Express in front page news item says that the US Chapter of Jehovah’s Witnesses is  jumping

into the fray of challenging Supreme Court’s order requiring cinemas across the country to play the

Indian national anthem before the commencement of each show and the audience to stand up.

Bejoe Emmanuel et al who had challenged the singing of national anthem in a Kerala school before

Kerala High Court are also jumping on to this band wagon. Their writ petition was dismissed by the

High Court but they succeeded before the Supreme Court. They cannot challenge the requirement

about standing up when national anthem is played, because their own case was that they were

always standing up when the national anthem was played; their objection was to its singing because

their religion forbade it.

A nation’s flag, emblem and anthem are symbols of its sovereignty. For us it is also symbol of

fraternity of our people - rising above gender, religion, creed, colour and the like. During freedom

struggle we were yearning for them. It is surprising that we allow obscure alien cults to subvert our

proud symbols which are outcome of our two-centuries of our struggle for freedom.

Public memory is proverbially short. Supreme Court’s 1986 judgment in Emanual’s case had

 outraged the nation and a spate of writ petitions were filed challenging that judgment. My

client – a retired Superintendent of Police from Hyderabad had filed one. In deference to public

opinion,  the then Attorney General Mr. K. Parasaran, obviously on instructions of the then Rajiv

Gandhi government had also filed a writ petition questioning the judgment in Emanuel’s case.

Later successive governments were too weak to pursue those cases; they became victims of apathy

and neglect. All residents in India – its citizens and others have minimum duty of respecting the

symbols of India’s sovereignty and fraternity of its people. They are as sacrosanct as the

Constitution itself.     

  

Indian Express in front page news item says that the US Chapter of Jehovah’s Witnesses is  jumping

into the fray of challenging Supreme Court’s order requiring cinemas across the country to play the

Indian national anthem before the commencement of each show and the audience to stand up.

Bejoe Emmanuel et al who had challenged the singing of national anthem in a Kerala school before

Kerala High Court are also jumping on to this band wagon. Their writ petition was dismissed by the

High Court but they succeeded before the Supreme Court. They cannot challenge the requirement

about standing up when national anthem is played, because their own case was that they were

always standing up when the national anthem was played; their objection was to its singing because

their religion forbade it.

A nation’s flag, emblem and anthem are symbols of its sovereignty. For us it is also symbol of

fraternity of our people - rising above gender, religion, creed, colour and the like. During freedom

struggle we were yearning for them. It is surprising that we allow obscure alien cults to subvert our

proud symbols which are outcome of our two-centuries of our struggle for freedom.

Public memory is proverbially short. Supreme Court’s 1986 judgment in Emanual’s case had

 outraged the nation and a spate of writ petitions were filed challenging that judgment. My

client – a retired Superintendent of Police from Hyderabad had filed one. In deference to public

opinion,  the then Attorney General Mr. K. Parasaran, obviously on instructions of the then Rajiv

Gandhi government had also filed a writ petition questioning the judgment in Emanuel’s case.

Later successive governments were too weak to pursue those cases; they became victims of apathy

and neglect. All residents in India – its citizens and others have minimum duty of respecting the

symbols of India’s sovereignty and fraternity of its people. They are as sacrosanct as the

Constitution itself.     

  

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