National anthem no longer compulsory in cinemas

National anthem

The Supreme Court has reversed its previous order that the national anthem must be played in every cinema before a film is screened.
The court order came on 9th Jan. in response to a government request to reconsider the controversial ruling.
It fuelled opposition and even led to arrests of those who refused to stand.
In the 1960s and 1970s, cinemas regularly played the anthem but the practice gradually declined.

Prior to the 2016 Supreme Court ruling, there was no uniform law in India regarding the anthem and the 29 states had their own laws on the issue.