“Nah bro, they are forcing us to prove our patriotism”

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By Vageesha Mishra

Disclaimer

1. Before heading to the comment section please read this article thoroughly. I had spam some because it seemed like their only aim was to lash out at me without reading a word I wrote.

2. At no point in this article or otherwise am I calling the people who do not stand up for national anthem “non-patriotic.”

3. Obviously I know that anybody’s nationalism/patriotism cannot be proved by standing up/not standing up for national anthem.

4. I agree that movie theatres aren’t the right place for it but if by any chance they decide to play it, I don’t have any objections to comply with the norms. I’d do it most gladly. I don’t agree to the making compulsory part as well.

5. The article attempts to raise bigger questions than the whole ongoing debate over an issue which is highly sensitive and pertains to a code of conduct that also serves the purpose of appearing unified, kind of acts as a unifying bond in a country marked by diversity. And these practices are followed around the globe. As citizens of a democratic set up we should be judicious enough to understand the –

A. Importance of codes of conduct(symbolism) before anyone takes to showing inclination towards their disruption,

B. How much weight to be given to an issue,

C. What can harm your nation’s unity, peace, respect, name and well being as well as your own before adopting a perspective.

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“Why are they forcing us to prove our patriotism? The feeling should arise naturally,” said a journalist friend of mine in a passionate fury when I had asked for his views on the Supreme Court’s then order mandating cinema halls to play national anthem before screening a film, obliging moviegoers to stand up in respect.

Good for him, the apex court recently ruled in favour of people voicing his opinion, amending its previous ruling from compulsory to optional.

Personally, it wasn’t a big deal for me to stand up for a few seconds as a different set of images start to run through my head whenever I listen to our national anthem.

I become a little girl who is intently listening to her teary-eyed father telling her how so many people willingly offered their life so we could have our hard-fought independence from the colonial empire. That it’s not just to show our reverence towards our nation, but it’s also a way of paying our respects to each and every soul we have lost to reach here.

True enough, till today, I don’t need a court order to get on my feet whenever our national anthem is played out. In fact, between the lines of the composition, I can hear the echos of their altruism with which they happily put their lives on the line for their nation, our nation. And when I reach the end of it, there are goose bumps all over.

But I turn my head to find a bunch of young people, who had easily climbed up to their seats earlier, sprawled in their theatre recliners, scrolling through their phones. And just as the rest of us join them by sinking back into our chairs, you can spot a hint of hesitation momentarily run through their posture.

That’s when the words of my said friend had come rushing to me, they are forcing us to show our patriotism.

While they indulged in lauding the richness of their respective products on the screen as everyone impatiently waited for the movie to start, my mind got lost in contemplation.

It would be a lie to say that the behaviour of these youngsters had no effect over me but thanks to my upbringing where there was a heavy emphasis on instilling empathy in my character, I can’t go on making my mind without listening to other side of the story. In that case, it may be that the people of my friend’s view are pure patriots at heart but are turned off by the emphasis to exhibit their nationalism. Their methods though diverting from the mainstream tendencies, share the same feeling.

Besides there is one essential thing that can’t be overlooked, people do have a right to choose how they feel and we’ve got to respect that. That’s the best and worst part about feelings, they are subjective. Expecting the same conformity, citizens normally assign to tax, traffic, legal and other rules with areas involving emotional conditioning can often prove to be futile as happened in the matter at hand. Assuming a forced outlook in such cases renders further display of disrespect towards the cause especially since there were incidents of moral policing on the part of some citizens.

The SC’s modified order came after it was brought to the court’s notice that there had been a rise in vigilantism with incidents where old and invalid were forced to stand up in the cinema halls.

Taking law into our own hands is as bad as not having a desire to show respect towards things pertaining to patriotism. It reflects badly upon those who talk of such high values and then go on turning a blind eye to others. If your nation holds such a deep place in your heart, then so should its laws, your humanitarian side and compassion for somebody’s inability to stand up. Such acts not only dilute the subject, they question your mental soundness. If something leaves you unsettled, ask questions in a harmonious manner. Every citizen does have a right to question too in a democratic set up.

So, coming back, pardon my curiosity, but kindly enlighten me as to why this deep sense of patriotism fails terribly at the requirement of such a simplistic form of expression when it’s not forced? Especially when one of the underlying symbolism and sentiment behind standing up is directed towards the struggle and loss of life in the past, doesn’t matter if it’s present scheme of affairs making you unhappy (those lamenting over, “is this real freedom?”)

People are the backbone of a democracy. It falls upon them to behave with prudence. Acting out like a child even in the matters that require so little of you despite being on any side of the coin projects you as the weak, malleable kind and guess what? No one takes a child seriously.

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So, what’s your take on this?


76 thoughts on ““Nah bro, they are forcing us to prove our patriotism”

  1. There are two sides to it – if you think our democratic set-up has to be respected then, yes, it can be optional.

    On the other hand, if the sole purpose is to force respect for the nation by having everybody stand up, then it should be compulsory. If they can get to the movie hall, they can stand-up also!

    I would say make it compulsory for movies based on patriotism, history, martyrs, wars, and the like. That way one won’t disrespect if they have come to watch BA Pass 3 and the Anthem then contradicts/bring tears just before almost-nude scenes.

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    1. I agree with you sir, it does feel weird to get all emotional before a typical Bollywood masala entertainer but the number of people undergoing those conflicting emotions aren’t that many especially jahan longo ko stand up hone me itni pareshani ho rahi hai, purane time ke longo jaise teary hona inke liye dur ki baat hai!
      But still I agree the idea is weird in theatres. Although making it compulsory is still problematic not just for democracy purpose. Forcefulness causes more rebellion and abandonment of cause. May be enlighten people more, the younger generation I mean to induce a natural sense of patriotism?

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  2. Why does it fail?
    Hmm. Reasons maybe, part cultural upbringing, part environment, and part mental setup. What I’ve observed is that not everyone is a patriot; nor everyone has been a patriot in the past. And yes, the past that I talk about includes the pre-independence era. There was a reason why Nationalism took roots in India first among the intellectuals who then passed on it to the commoners; here, too, the trickling down took more than a century to create a fervour in the masses — the chief architect being Gandhi. Nationalism, as concept, doesn’t come natural to us because the diversity is sometimes just too much — quite unlike, say, Germany where people can relate to each other in a variety of ways. Indians are divided in a variety of a ways, and there are so many layers to the differences that gives us a variety of identities. Not that having multiple identities — of language, of descent, of region, of religion, etc is bad per se, but it makes the situation a lot more complex. Despite these nuiances our take on democracy has worked out pretty well.
    Now coming to the 3 points — Cultural Upbringing: most of our values get inculcated the way we are reared up; I mean, our upbringing does matter, whether the education happens at home or at school or via our peer group. The seeds of patriotism and respect for the country are sowed, mostly, unconsciously, and they do affect our disposition towards the issues highlighted in the post. Environment affects us too, and keeps on affecting us, as we progress forward in our lives. An environment that’s hostile to the national sentiment may incline us to have the similar sentiments. Say, a person gets wronged by our legal system by no fault of her own — now, can we expect such a citizen to stand up to the anthem? I think — nopes! And such a person can be, and frequently is, a component of our environment, and may change our own viewpoints regarding patriotism in ways subtle enough to escape our mental defense barriers. Now talking about the mental set-up — a person may or may not be be genetically disposed to empathize with the sacrifices made for the country. Quite a few people aren’t. Can’t help it there. For some the world revolves around themselves — concepts of a nation, or for that matter, a society are alien to them. They do what piques their interest. No obligation. No responsibility Ha Ha Ha. Well, these points came to my mind from 2 minutes of brainstorming. There’ll be helluva many reasons behind such behaviour.
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    1. Okay! Thank you first of all for giving this work a read and leaving a resourceful comment. It has fed me a billion perspectives for future purpose as well as helped me understand the psyche.
      I understand the part about a person’s background, upbringing, how their stances are shaped – but like you mentioned trickling down was facilitated with the push from the intellectuals in the pre-independence days that means the masses in general need ideas to form their perspectives!
      Now someone being wrongly convicted or other oppression they have undergone which is bound to affect their patriotism I agree but their number is still less as compared to better off people – like my friend – I mean he and all these other people do owe something or the other to the nation, have some nationality for that sake? That would bring in some unity and peace. May be it’s not a bad idea to remind them they do owe something to the nation, it’s not like the country hasn’t given them anything!
      The category of selfish people, they aren’t worth discussing anyway.
      Thank you, Rishu, once again for such a nice comment and sparing your time to read it. Have a good night!

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  3. Hey! Hws you, i hope doing good.
    There are certain things shaving deep integral values and it has to be, somewhere we all respect them however the ways of expressing/showing values are different…patriotism is one of them, it comes from heart but the texpressions differ from person to person.For instance you’ll find people expressing patriotism specially on 26 Jan, 15 Aug, 2 Oct etc via different means but it doesn’t mean people not expressing are less patriotic.
    Personally we should respect and stand for national anthem but on the other hand we should consider the place of playing national anthem considering its respect & value, i guess cinema halls are not the perfect place as long as were are limited to showing only patriotic movies and to make it mandate on such places is worthless although i pay equal respect to it whenever been to theaters.
    Waise l waited a long for national anthem but it hasn’t played at hall(Tiger Zinda hai) though the movie is somehow leads to patrotism.
    Keep writing & Happy Republic Day🇮🇳

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    1. Hey Prashant, I’m gud. How are you? I agree with you, these values exist in people but ways of expressing differs. And theatre is definitely not the ideal place, of course. But anyway, making compulsory is not a solution anyway.
      Teaching or instilling these values in kids from early days proof at best effective, that should be done in a better manner since there are so many views coming in, a child will not know which one to choose and I don’t think having a respect for your nation is a bad thing!
      Yeah they didn’t? It’s optional na that’s why. Anyway, have a nice week and you too keep writing ☺️😊

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      1. I am doing good & must say that it is a very good thought provoking post though i agreed that the right time of adding the foundation of these values are early days and also such kind of post made me write someting valueable too😅😇

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  4. Hi Vageesha!! You’re slaying in the dp………

    Anyway, I would totally second that……
    standing for a few seconds (52 sec to be precise) as a mark of respect is, I believe the least we could do for a nation that has given us everything.
    again views are divided, but I believe it instils the sense of patriotism and belongingness to the nation.

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    1. Shaggyy! Tum kidhar gayab hojate ho?! Thank you!
      Yes views are definitely divided and the reasons for that are mind boggling! I know the least we could do but I’ve learnt that a lot of people feel that the country hasn’t done them any good. You see how complex that is? Kahan se ayegi patriotism?

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  5. People need to believe that standing for the National Anthem is not a Testament of one’s Patriotism for the country. I do agree by the Order of the Court to stand when the National Anthem is Played. I can sincerely devote my 52 secs to the respect of the nation and it’s core value, but it nowhere proves my Patriotism.
    The Vigilante behavior clearly shows people who do not strike chord with values of Country. To Respect the country is to first respect the people who have made the values as their own and who represent the country. It is saddening to see the insolent behavior for those unable to stand. Respect your people. Your Anthem would be respected and valued automatically. Standing won’t grace it the respect it deserves.

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    1. Hey, Shashank ☺️
      Alright, I hear you and your comment has raised so many questions in my mind!
      Can you be kind enough to tell me if there is a new wave of patriotism coming in where some people are no longer in sync with the world wide, socially accepted norms of patriotism ( standing up during national anthem, singing along in some nations, respect for the nations’ army etc) what are the alternatives you are suggesting? Please, tell me. I’d really like to know.
      If you are trying to say that if a person is standing up, it doesn’t prove that he/she is a true patriot, then likewise it doesn’t prove he/she is one if they don’t stand up!
      And I’m sorry but in the part, “The Vigilante behavior clearly shows SOME people,” you need to place some because otherwise it would seem like you’re generalising and bringing in people like me, my family, you and everybody else in this country under the bracket of people dealing in moral policing. The incidents weren’t widespread, so it’s problematic to give a macro angle to them. At least five theatres I went to watch films in, all the time some people kept sitting but neither I nor anyone else reacted in any form despite it hurting our sentiments because of the importance of tolerance value we were fed in as kids.
      Anyway, thank you so much for sparing your time reading such a lengthy piece and leaving a valuable comment. I’m not just raising these question to you, please understand that, it’s more to the growing number of people who are disseminating this idea. Have a nice day☺️😊

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      1. Fundamentally I would like to be point wise, to save time for both :

        1) I stand by my point, It is not a testament to patriotism whether I stand or do not while the national anthem plays ( though I should out of free will, but if I cannot or do not wish to, that does not make me unpatriotic.)

        2) I again stand by my point , if you as a vigilante try to accuse or demean or ask a person to forcefully stand for the aforesaid process, then you cannot be claimed a patriotic by virtue. An official i.e part of Government of India might have the right to ask this on basis of constitutional ground but as a vigilante , it is close to hooliganism .

        3) Claiming this as Patriotic wave is no where to good, this is something far , very far from it. It should be monitored by authorities and the rise of vigilantism should be stopped. There is a fine line in requesting people to abide and forcing them. It is saddening , however we expect this to be abolished anyhow in upcoming future.

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      2. Oh no, you’re not getting me.
        I completely agree with with point number 2. Infact I have mentioned the same in my post as well at some point. My problem was you sounding generalising the issue, it happened in minority.
        The wave that I talk of is not related to the vigilante behavior. It’s a question put to you and whoever is professing this idea that standing up for national anthem doesn’t prove a person’s patriotism. If it doesn’t what according to you does? The new wave in this sense is in terms of a complete departure from the previously and still widely accepted norms of patriotism, so it’s imperative you tell us the alternative!

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      3. This all Idea is rooted out of the fact that some misleading figures(not wrong, but perceived as wrong), who in the past gave provocative statements about the country came out strongly against this rule of National Anthem and then the vast majority , thanks to polarizing media had to assume that not standing for the Anthem is Anti-Patriotic. This New Wave came from this.

        What does prove the patriotism for the country is to accept righteous differences among fellow country men. This does not mean I can allow someone to swear during National Anthem. This does mean I can allow you sit during Anthem.

        The Alternative for judging patriotism can only be one, the contribution towards one country, the sense of respect shown to the ideals of the country and none other. You are free to sit during the Anthem provided you do disrespect it.

        Finally, I would have to say. If you well and sound and came to watch movie for an average of 1 Hour or so, I believe you can spare 52 secs standing before. If you do not, I will deeply saddened. But I won’t switch hooliganism for sure.

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      4. I would respond in points like you earlier mentioned for ease of understanding.
        1. Thank you Shashank, your last response actually gave me a lot of answers I was looking for. So honestly thank you😊☺️
        2. The alternatives that you state our indeed in the deep interest of a nation and of course would account to patriotism of an ideal kind.
        3. I think about hooliganism, we’re both on same page, so no point bringing it up again and again.
        4. Believe me not this article or I or people in general (common man, I have done some research) are calling anybody who doesn’t stand up during national anthem an anti- patriotic. (This fuss and anger is rising from the apparent lack of desire to follow an age old established code of conduct when a national anthem is played out. So that way many sentiments are hurt and people feel sad to see some moviegoers all in good shape glued to their seats thereby actually being disrespectful to the anthem whether you agree with me or not. In general people are saddened by the behaviour, irritated even or thinking such people are following a hip trend but most of us are not calling such people anti-patriotic, just have a look at the comment section. Which is why I wrote this article to find out why would one not do so little? So thank you for the answers!)
        5. This pertains to how this new wave happened. Honestly, if you think respecting a country’s values constitutes a part of patriotism then culturally speaking ours is very vibrant. At the micro level, in families etc you stand up when an elderly person walks in, touch their feet, speak with respect because in theory it’s out of love and respect for the person.
        Likewise similar symbolism has been attached to national flag, anthem where it’s assumed that citizens would have so much love for their nation, a thankfulness for all that the nation has given them or at least for a freedom for which so many died that they’d happily follow a code of conduct (that is partly to commemorate these sacrifices) on how you should treat national anthem, flag etc. Symbolism holds deep value in our culture and “nation’s values” you spoke of.
        Besides, as a fellow citizens I am a little perturbed as to how this wave came. Your love for the nation should be stronger and better than some figures trying to get their five minutes of fame, dealing in polarizing and vote bank politics. Do they care how much harm their polarized statements have inflicted upon the nation? No they don’t and people are listening to such figures? Heights of being gullible.
        I have nothing else to say. This debate is tiresome. Thank you once again.

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  6. It was the last vacation, during my visit to the theater near home that the anthem being played came as a pleasant surprise. Of course, I stood up and was teary-eyed by the very end of it. But a quick look around and there were people who were half heartedly almost standing up while eyes still on the phone. That was my first and only time. This, I have understood (through Twitter and the newspaper) is an unending debate. But does it not require for just a minute’s effort to stand up? I guess it should be made optional, with movies that involve patriotism or anything to do with the nation and for the rest must be left as optional, so that the people need not move their attention or their behind putting an effort to stand up and take their attention off the virtual space they are in.
    This is what I think, what do you have to say about it, TW?

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    1. The court did all us a favour making it optional because I believe making anything compulsory gives fundamentalist angle which is plain bad we all know that. Also, it causes rebellion, abandonment of the cause.
      Besides, I think cinema halls are definitely not the place for it.
      And it’s saddening and unfortunate my friend that the they had to make a court order in the first place asking people to stand up, something the people should be doing on their own but guess what ours is too complex a nation. If you have time just go through the comments, you’d see the level of difference of opinion people have on the issue! Doesn’t matter how detrimental it would be to your nation unity!

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  7. It also happened to me once. I stood up as national anthem played, I was proud as I always get nostalgic about the times I used to practice to complete the anthem in exact 52 seconds for our school’s independence day celebrations. Our teacher used tell us stories of patriots like Bhagatsinh, Aazad, Rani Laxmibai, Gandhiji, Subhashchandra Bose. Those stories and that passion in my teacher’s eyes will always remain with me. So, I completed the anthem and realized that some young school children hadn’t stood up and were laughing nonstop at some fb memes. Only a few elders remained standing with me. One of the elders scolded a young boy for cracking jokes instead of standing up. That 10 to 12 year old child replied, “chacha, vaise bhi tumne desh ke liye kya ukhaad liya hai jo hamko daant rahe ho ?” .. there was silence for a minute in theatre hall. My mind couldn’t digest the whole situation. So, on this note, I think first of all, weather to stand up or not is a personal choice. It can’t be forced, especially in the places like theatres where not all films are war documentaries ! And we can’t link patriotism with the gesture of standing up. I alway stand up because of my upbringing in home and school. 52 seconds don’t bother me but we must understand that some people can’t feel the same way as we feel and for that situation in theatre hall, I think those children should understand to atleast respect the anthem by not laughing at the same time. I think it’s time to teach them good manners first, to behave humanly with elders and to respect other’s opinions, too ! Above all, I feel pity on me and my nation that the court had to pass a law on this matter. I mean, respect comes from a heart, not a law. Our priority should be planting a sense of gratitude towards our nation, its glory and its soldiers in our children’s little hearts from school level and not to make laws that links a physical gesture to an emotional act. ( nowadays, schools are producing rankers, not humans ! )

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    1. Hey Mihir, haha it felt so good to see your comment😆😄
      I agree with everything you have said and I have myself mentioned a lot of that in my post. Your comment has added an insight to the whole issue.
      I can only imagine the shock that would have caught you by surprise on the kids’ brazen remarks. But like you so beautifully pointed out, it’s not his fault entirely, it’s the responsibility of the schools and their parents to teach them the important values, respect for their nation and it’s codes of conduct, which are just a few. Most of all it’s imperative to evoke the humanity angle apart from just ranking based education. How do you expect them to do anything in the greater interest when they assume important roles in future as grown ups without much values or a desire to look beyond themselves.
      PS this debate has drained me, I have spammed two comments already. It feels like some people are not even reading my post! I’m adding a disclaimer now!

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  8. Very well said Vageesha. While the national anthem must be respected and people must stand when it is played goes without saying, playing it before a movie and expecting people to stand is not democracy. Instead of creating a sense of unity and patriotism, this law will end in reducing the importance and value that all people have for the National Anthem. I remember when we watched KKKG in the theatre and the little kid in the movie sang the national anthem, every single person stood in the theatre, some led others followed and it was absolutely beautiful, seeing this unity in a foreign country. But forcefully playing it may only have the effect of it being an irritant than anything else. And that must not be allowed. You very rightly said ” children are not taken seriously”. Wish people who take the law in their hand understood it but they dont because they are unruly individuals. A very thoughtful post.

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    1. Thank you my friend for reading my post which was very lengthy and leaving out a comment that actually made me happy. Exactly, why would you create a scene and indulge in hooliganism? That would reduce the value and respect anyway. Not to mention, it’s horrible to cross a line in the name of patriotism or other values they are trying to preach, you can’t forget humanity. I wrote that child line for various reasons, one being acting out like extremes, doesn’t matter if you support or not the idea that one should stand up for national anthem, not even talking about the Court’s order.
      Thank you once again for adding insights to the post.

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  9. Wish people thought before they indulged in violence but for some it’s the violence they want; they will find a reason to create it. These people are like parasites. They thrive on all that’s bad. Then be it the National Anthem, Padmavat or girls partying…it’s all reason enough to make some noise.

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  10. This whole discussion highlights why I have such a revulsion when it comes to nationalism and patriotism. There is no way to define what comprises a patriot, none at all, as this discussion clearly shows. The “takeaway” is that you and I will disagree about it, and one of us may feel the other is not as patriotic as we are. And that’s a soil in which hatred and fear will flourish.
    Patriotism is needed for certain kinds of actions during a country’s life, though at the moment only war comes to mind. Frankly, love of country is a concept I find difficult to get my mind around. Love of the principles and ideals is a on which a country like America is founded a country is a whole other thing. Do I appreciate the good things about America? I certainly do. Just as I appreciate the good things about every nation in the world that I know. But we were raised to believe that America is the best country, superior to others. our country very much.
    There’s a helluva lot I don’t like about our country. We are growing stupider, for one thing. There’s far too much hatred and fear, far too much violence as a general thing. There are parts of the country that do better than other parts at upholding the principles on which we were founded. Does that make me any less of a good citizen? Does it make me less of a good American?
    I don’t think so. I think our Constitution and Bill of Rights are amazing. I grew up with World War II movies and nothing was more patriotic than they were. But now I watch them, and think OMG, how they glorified war! Was it necessary for the country to feel that way during a time of war? Yes, I believe it was. But you know that saying about putting down childish things when you get to be an adult? Well I believe patriotism has not value other than during wartime, and should be put down after the war is over.
    At very least, patriotism has created an “us” and a “them.” It didn’t start with the Viet Nam war, but it sure got worse after it. Was there stupidity and foolishness on both sides of the debate? Yes, I saw it, I lived it. But here’s what’s really wrong…
    Us vs them feelings come to us as easily as breathing. Who knows what the biological basis for that is — there’s one, I’m sure. It’s second nature. Probably helped a lot at some point in the history of the human race. But in general nowadays? It’s not very helpful at all. It goes hand-in-hand with fear and hatred. Do we need to create more institutions and practices and laws that encourage those feelings?
    Us vs them. We must recognize it in ourselves and recognize that under most circumstances–perhaps all circumstances except war–it’s a really non-constructive way to feel. The reason all religions have one thing in common, namely to treat other people as you would be treated yourself, is because it “don’t come natural “– and we must be reminded of it. Even in sports, us vs them ends after the game. If it doesn’t, it becomes unhealthy.

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    1. The message in your comment is a very essential one. Thank you so much for your very helpful remarks. And patiently reading this post.
      The debates of Us vs them creat rifts between people, societies, nations. But in a country like India that saw itself being a colony to finally getting itself the title of an independent state which was the result of people’s movement or revolution, it’s imperative to remember those sacrifices (as a way of paying your homage and to remember that this freedom has come at human cost.) And of course the desire to be a good human being for oneself as well as the nation for that is your home. No matter what differences one has with their family, in most cases, one goes back to them because they have stuck with them. Likewise it’s the nation that has helped you reach where you are today, of course there are a billion things we want to change about just like in a family but for that one needs to be more involved.
      Patriotism is hence important in our culture as there are various elements trying to diffuse our unity through various means which weakens the nation as a whole and then the people.

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  11. This is a supremely sensitive issue even to be commenting on, and you did a whole write-up on that. Bravo!
    I agree with you. In fact you have been very sincere and logical in your simple and effective discussion.
    Even to this day I haven’t understood the need to make people stand forcibly at a place of pure entertainment. I mean that for god’s sake doesn’t prove anything about us. I do stand up, cause I like it. The very sound of the anthem is inspirational. But forcing it defeats the purpose. Then why leave theatres, restrautants, racecourses, or any other public place. I like standing up, but somebody else might not. He is no less helpful to others, no less citizen, or no less human being. A person is the smallest unit of a nation. Respect him, and one is a patriot. That’s the minimum requirement. Ignore that and all is hypocrisy.

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    1. Hi there☺️
      I’d really like to thank you for your kind comment and understanding the sincerity behind the intent. Not many do that. So thank you!
      Moving on, exactly, making compulsory defeats the purpose. And I agree with you, it’s weird judging someone’s patriotism on that basis. Besides, it’s not a healthy debate, you understand what I’m saying, no?
      So, I was trying to understand why wouldn’t one want to stand up if it’s not forced and I got mind boggling to some very sensible answers which only made realise how easy it is to manipulate the masses because they are not using their brain or probably have no sense of deep understanding of anything. It’s saddening.

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  12. Twinkling, so kind of you to take the time to explain about India re the need for patriotism. I learned! You could have taken offense and “walked away.” I so appreciate that you didn’t. What a topic, huh guys? For ex: the men who knelt did so to try to bring attention to the abuse of black victims by the police. Was it the best way? Was it the only way? I don’t know. The important thing is that they were trying to do something to make this country a better place, so the critics of their actions should acknowledge that, and acknowledge that this problem will probably only go away if more and more flashlights shine on it. I’m not sure if it matters so much where the light comes from… but my mind is open! And I’m proud to be part of this community, where so many minds seem to be willing to share and think!

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    1. You know more than anything, I’m actually glad that you read my post and then the explanation with utmost sincerity in addition to taking my stance kindly. I agree with everything you have written my friend including the fact that flashlights need to shine on problems to make them go away☺️ I’m equally happy to have joined this community where I get meet people like you, read their experiences, exchange a laugh and learn so much in return☺️ Have a nice day ahead!

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  13. Such a beautiful post. You have put a well judged and clear narrative on this topic. This is not a question related to our constitutional or democratic values. It’s a direct question to us, on our own moral and ethical values.
    Those who make it an issue of pride that why they need to be forced to stand for national anthem they need a great amount of introspection.

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    1. Hey Gouri, thank you for your kind words and appreciating the intent and ideas I’ve tried to put across. I honestly feel, many of our countrymen are in dire need to for some introspection because there blindly following ideologies of different without referring to both the sides of argument.

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  14. Ohmygod, this needs to be said more often!
    I absolutely loved your post.
    Issues like these actually make you wonder what patriotism means to people.
    For the people who are busy checking their phones, I’m pretty sure they won’t be checking their phones during the movie, so why get offended by 52 seconds.
    For the people who are busy eating, come on, the movie is atleast 2 hours long, you have loads of time.
    Obviously, we can’t force anyone to get up, but it’s pretty sad, that we live in a place, where getting up for the national anthem has become a controversial issue.(just like the release of a movie)
    It’s horribly sad that people are fighting with eachother on the issue of getting up for the national anthem.
    I think everyone should take a minute and think about why this order was passed.
    Why did they start playing the national anthem in the theatres?
    And moreover, WHY did the SUPREME COURT have to pass this law?
    Have we been ignoring our country that much?
    Have we come to that stage where, checking texts and eating popcorn is more important than getting up for the national anthem.
    Gosh, such examples are being set for our generation, and for the generations to come.
    If we need laws to prove our patriotism, then we should already figure out how patriotic we are.
    Great post :))

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    1. Hi Shruti, first of all thank you so much for taking out your time and going through my posts. Your time is highly appreciated ☺️
      And yes, I agree with you, kind of shows an ugly situation where the SC had to pass orders to evoke some respect out of some citizens, who couldn’t do it willingly for various reasons.
      Future generations are probably going to be a misinformed, confused bunch, who’d have no idea which way to go in the absence of an informed and morally sound guidance which could still be parted to those in present.

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