Today, two judges of the Supreme Court showed the greatest disrespect ever for the Indian National Anthem. And displayed the utmost contempt for the Indian citizen. They imputed that only imprisoning people will make them listen to the anthem.
Brushing away individual rights, the bench imperiously stated that there was no space for individual rights here.
Seriously? I mean, without an individual how do you form a nation? And without an individual delegating a right to the government to appoint them, where do judges get their power from? This practice of forced imbibing of the national anthem will, according to them, instill a feeling of committed patriotism and nationalism! What, are we at war? Is this nation a giant hostel? Are various government servants and these learned men our wardens? In their expansive view, this mandatory music will give the forlorn public an opportunity to express our love for the motherland! Don’t say! Are we still under the foreign yoke and forbidden to listen to nationalist patriotic songs? A chance to listen to them should be welcomed as a god-sent gift?
A lot of questions; does the court have any answers? Or only judgements? The Supreme Court is the last resort when our rights are trampled by big government. What do we do when that court itself talks of shutting the doors of cinema halls while the citizens are forced to listen to the National Anthem? Force, dear sirs, just makes it a notional anthem. To jingoism masquerading as patriotism.
The judges have given the government 10 days to implement this patriotic mandate. Can a free citizen give these judges 9 days to prove that they are more patriotic than any randomly picked group of a 100 Indians? Many politicians too jumped on to the enforced flag-waving bandwagon. Extra power always gives them extra enthusiasm. Can they too be asked to take the common citizens’ patriotism challenge?
The ‘Viswa Kavi’ who sang of tearing down ’narrow domestic’ walls must be looking down in despair as self-appointed patriotism czars leave no spaces ‘where the mind is without fear’. Force depends on fear. And fear does not engender love; towards mother or motherland.