On 30 November, in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling making it mandatory for the national anthem to be played in cinema halls across the nation before the screening of every film, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu lauded the directive saying it will inculcate a sense of patriotism among people, particularly the younger generation.
"It is a very good decision. It will inculcate a sense of patriotism among people particularly the younger generation. I am very happy about it," Naidu, who also holds the portfolio of Information and Broadcasting, said.
The apex court, on Wednesday, directed that cinema halls across the country to play the national anthem before the screening of a film and people should stand up as a mark of respect.
The court also directed that the national flag should be shown on screen when the anthem is played.
"People must feel this is my country and this is my motherland," a bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said while stressing that it is the duty of every citizen of the country to show respect to the national anthem and the flag.
It also said no person should take commercial benefits by playing the anthem and that it should not be dramatised.
The apex court said the anthem should not be printed or displayed on undesirable objects, and also barred it from being played on variety shows and its abridged version anywhere.