India cinemas ordered to play national anthem
India's Supreme Court has ruled that the national anthem must be played in every cinema before a film is screened.
Judges said the order should be enforced within 10 days. Audiences will have to stand in respect.
In the 1960s and 1970s, cinemas regularly played the anthem, but the practice declined as many people did not stand or left midway through.
There is no uniform law in the country regarding the anthem and states had been free to choose their own laws.
In 2003, the western state of Maharashtra made it compulsory for cinemas in the state to play the anthem, but last year, the Madras... read more
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