Honouring the National Anthem

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6 people are having a discussion on the topic (Aman, Shikha, Charu, Dhairya, Neel and Sanya)


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The Group Discussion starts

Aman: Hello all, taking into consideration the topic under discussion on Honouring the National Anthem, I would like to begin with the fact that in India or in any other country around the world, national anthem is that song which each and every citizen sings with pride for the country and its well being at various occasions. I must add here my belief that if you are an Indian and if you are in any assembly or any place where the national anthem Jana gana mana is being played or sung it becomes your moral duty to serve respect to it and sing and stand up in respect for your country.


Shikha: I agree with this point of view that our national anthem, wherever and whenever being sung or played in any assembly deserves due respect. The respect to national anthem is the same as paying respect to the mother nation.


Charu: Yes I also believe the same, national anthem being played anywhere, let it be in any national programme, or in public assembly like in movie theatres or anywhere else should be sung with respect and without creating any disturbance against it. The demand is just the co-operation for 90 seconds for the nation.


Dhairya: It is also justified by the Indian law. I would like to add here that under section 3 of Prevention of Insult in National Honour Act in 1971 that any person not standing up or singing for the national anthem is creating disturbance in that assembly and is liable to punishment in the form of imprisonment that can extend up to 3 years or a fine or both.


Neel: I have a different opinion with this discussion. I believe that there is no such need to display and show off the respect to your nation now and then. Your respect towards the nation doesn’t need any symbol of proof.


Aman: But it is backed by law and it becomes your duty to respect and abide by it at any cost otherwise it is subject to punishment. Also I would like to back it with the recent happening in Bangalore where a family was asked to walk out by the manager of the movie theatre for not standing up in respect of the national anthem being played before the movie.


Sanya: Yes even I believe that your respect for the country doesn’t really need any such proof. What happened in Bangalore got much of the unnecessary impetus from social media and other media channels, which I believe is just the unnecessary spending of time and energy. I believe that it is their own way and wish to behave accordingly and the other general public has no right to comment on the same.

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Neel: Here I would like to add the fact that though not abiding by the National Law under section 3 is punishable but again it is nowhere mentioned in the same that not singing national anthem is a crime.


Charu: But there are some national and moral norms. It is about that opportunity to show respect for your country. It is about that gathering where citizens spare some time to show their respect and tribute for those soldiers who are fighting for us on borders. It has never been the matter of showing it off but it is just the matter of those 90 seconds which you spare to pay something to your country.


Shikha: Yes I also believe the same. It is not an argument on showing it off, it is the matter of honour for your nation which you feel by singing the national anthem. Nor it is the matter of abiding by the law but by singing national anthem you are spending some seconds for your country which in other case you never spare or think of in your busy schedules. Also we are not among those who got the opportunity to go on borders and fight for the country, but can spare to pay respect.


Sanya: it may be like that, but here the question is that why it is so much of issue if someone doesn’t join in singing the national anthem. I see no offense in that and nor such persons are doing any harassment to anyone or anything. Also nor they are doing anything wrong against the image of the country nor they are disrespecting anything in any sense.


Dhairya: Yes, but again it is not that you need to stand up and sing national anthem wherever and whenever. It is just the matter of abiding by and being a part of common group or gathering where majority of people believe and pay respect to it.


Aman: I agree with this opinion. Also it is not needful to sing it every time The Supreme court has also mentioned that it is not needed to stand up and sing national anthem when being played in between the movie or as a part of the movie. This issue was rightly solved after a debate on the same after the movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham in India.


Charu: it is not a choice but a duty to stand for the national anthem when being played. It is one of the good manners that each Indian citizen is expected to have at any cost. The constitution needs respect and there is no second choice according to me.


Neel: There is a large problem actually that plays role on Indian life at two specific levels. First, there is always a insecurity in our country for “showing disrespect” against national symbols, anthems and icons which makes the mature and modern setup of our country look ridiculous. Secondly, this outrage in the name of state seems as a parody of patriotism to sensible citizens born with gift of proportion in them.


Aman: but still, it is not in our choice to decide, this is not a show off or something glamorous which can be otherwise avoided. It is about patriotism and patriotism is something which should be shown with a pride. Nor it is over patriotism or chauvinism, its simply showing our feeling at best possible normal levels of enthusiasm and that should be in interest of each citizen of the country. Honouring national anthem is a pride and everyone’s duty as well as right to follow at each possible moment when it is played or sung.


Shikha: So, we end up our discussion with the note that though it may seem forceful act to some citizens and though it may be disagreeable on others part but respecting, anything related to the mother nation including the national anthem, is not only our duty but also our right which is to be followed with full will and cooperation by every Indian citizen. There can be some relaxations that could be looked upon but at the end constitution must be respected and national anthem must be honoured.


Conclusion

Honouring the national anthem is moral and more than the fundamental duty of every Indian citizen. Each citizen should feel pride while engaging in providing respect and singing the national anthem while it is being played or sung in a gathering. It is not a matter of choice, but it is the matter of proud which every citizen should feel for their own country. Though there can be some other opinions, but resecting the nation is not a choice, it is every citizens right and duty to follow.


Facts related to topic

Abiding by and standing up in pride for national anthem is just a matter of 90 seconds. By giving respect to the national anthem, you are not only standing up in pride for your country but it is a salute and tribute to those bravest soldiers serving for the nations at the border of the country.

The law also states under section 3 of Prevention of Insult in National Honour Act in 1971 that any person not standing up or singing for the national anthem is creating disturbance in that assembly and is liable to punishment in the form of imprisonment that can extend up to 3 years or a fine or both.

Recently in Bangalore, a family was asked by the manager of the movie theatre to move out for not standing up in respect of the national anthem being played before the movie. This issue was in light in many social media and other media for a long time.

Also Supreme Court has made it clear that the audience need not stand up during the national anthem being played as a part of the movie.

On the other side, though the law states that not singing or creating the disturbance while the national anthem is being played is liable to punishment but it is also nowhere mentioned that doing so is a crime.

The pride lies for the country and the in the heart and mind of the citizens and it doesn’t need the proof of any symbol to justify it

The country is wasting much of time and energy in criticising the issues such as the one that happened in Bangalore and such issues should not be given unnecessary impetus as for some, respect is something personal and cannot be shown under any pressure or forcefully.


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