Editorial Note

Editorial Note

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Volume 10 Issue 1 ()

In December 2016, the Supreme Court passed its judgment in the controversial case, Shyam Narayan Chouksey v. Union of India. The Supreme Court ruled that all cinema halls in India have to play the National Anthem before the screening of a feature film. The Court also stated that all viewers present in the cinema hall would be obliged to stand up for the National Anthem as a sign of respect. This judgment has created a stir amongst Indians. Proponents of the judgment argue that the judgment is a positive step towards inculcating a culture of patriotic cohesion in the Indian masses. On the other hand, critics of the judgment seemingly adopt either one, or sometimes both, of the following lines of argument. First, they argue that the singling out of the cinema halls is arbitrary as an imposition of a duty to sing the national anthem in a space meant for entertainment lacks justifiable basis. Second, and more importantly, critics argue that the mandatory enforcement of patriotic values is indicative of a worrying trend towards aggressive nationalism in the Supreme Court…

Cite as: NUJS Law Review, Editorial Note, 10 NUJS L. Rev. 1 (2017)

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