On November 30, the Supreme Court laid focus on ‘showing requisite and essential regard when the nationwide anthem is sung or played’. To assert the fact that it is the task of everyone to lionize when the anthem is played or recited or sung, it ruled: “All the cinema halls in India will play the National Anthem prior to the feature movie begins and all present in the hall are required to withstand lionize to the National Anthem”.
The judgment has actually resulted in a national dispute on the definition of nationalism, methods which it is revealed and whether a theatre is the right location at all to test one’s nationalism. Debate is an indication of an active and healthy democracy, and I am glad that many are debating the order.
My first thoughts were “that’s the end of films in theatres for me”. I live a kilometre far from a mall in Gurgaon. I’ve been to the theatre only as soon as courtesy the intimidating storey of steps that I had to take on to reach my seat. Now there is one more fear of being branded ‘anti-national’ because I cannot defend the national anthem. Thank you, I’ll stay at home and watch Netflix instead.Many would believe that I’m overemphasizing my worries. No one in their right mind would anticipate the disabled to stand up for the nationwide anthem, right?It was earlier this year that Salil Chaturvedi, a Panaji citizen, took his spouse to see Rajnikanth’s Kabali. This wasn’t a common Indian date: It was a high-end for Chaturvedi, a paraplegic, since the city’s multiplex halls are inaccessible to wheelchair users. Handy ushers brought him to a seat and a good night awaited. Nevertheless as Chaturvedi settled into his seat he was viciously attacked since he might not stand up for the anthem.In an area
that has traditionally tuned versus a specific section of society, clear policies securing them help.I’m advised of the US. It was method back in 1870 that the 15th Modification to the Constitution gave all men the right to vote. Many states presented poll taxes and literacy tests to avoid African Americans from voting. It was only when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 safeguarding the rights of African Americans to vote did things change for them.India has a Supreme Court that has traditionally been a torchbearer for liberal, progressive suitables. I do hope it clarifies its position concerning wheelchair users soon.Nipun Malhotra,
born with arthrogryposis, is a wheelchair user.