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Indian Movie Theaters ordered to play national anthem at screenings

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the national anthem must be played in every cinema in the country before the screening of a film.

Judges said the order must be enforced within the next 10 days, and audiences will be required to stand while the anthem is broadcast. The ruling is a bit nostalgic to the days of the 1960s and 70s, when cinemas regularly played the national anthem before screenings.

The ruling has received a split opinion on social media.

There is no uniform law in India regarding the anthem and the 29 states have had their own laws on the issue. According to the latest ruling, the anthem must be played in all cinemas, accompanied by an image of the Indian flag at the conclusion. “The people should stop following individual notions of freedom and have a sense of committed patriotism,” Indian media reports quoted judges as saying.

The hashtag #NationalAnthem was one of the top trends on Twitter India on Wednesday afternoon.

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Shyam Narayan Chouksey, a 77-year-old resident of Bhopal, petitioned the court asking for the national anthem order.

“Over the years I’ve been seeing that the proper respect for the national anthem is not being paid by the common people as well as the constitutional functionaries,” he told BBC.

Shaina NC, spokesperson for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP party, called the court ruling a “fantastic” move.

While there remains no specific law in India which requires you to stand during the playing of the national anthem, the home ministry’s rules, which carry the force of law, specify that it is compulsory to stand to attention when the anthem is played. And cinemas that play the anthem often display messages asking audiences to stand up.

There is plenty of evidence to suggest, at least in India, that you could be hurt physically for refusing to stand during the playing of the national anthem.

In October, a disabled man alleged that he was assaulted for not standing during the playing of the anthem at a cinema. Salil Chaturvedi, who has been using a wheelchair since 1984, was attending a screening with his wife when he was attacked. Last year, a group of people were thrown out of a cinema hall for not standing during the playing of the anthem. And in 2014, a man was beaten senseless by a mob in Mumbai after his visiting friend from South Africa did not stand during the anthem.

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4 Indian Americans die, 2 missing in Hurricane Ida floods

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TRENTON (Diya TV) — At least four Indian Americans are dead and two missing as the massive floods ravaged New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Ida. Authorities say the victims were swept away by flood waters or drowned. Crews are using boats and drones, hoping to find more survivors.

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In a historic moment, three women took oath as judges on India’s Supreme Court

Justices Hima Kohli, BV Nagarathna and Bela M Trivedi, were among the nine new appointees to the highest court of the land. Including these new appointments, the  Supreme Court has had 11 women judges in its history so far.

What a run for India at this year’s Paralympics. The athletes brought home 19 medals, including five gold. The medal count also included eight silver and six bronze.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi to visit US in late September to meet Biden

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first U.S. visit since President Joe Biden took office. Modi is expected to travel to Washington DC and New York in the last week of September, according to top government officials. Modi and Biden have already met virtually on at least three occasions. Most recently at the G-7 summit this past June.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington is getting personal in her fight against the new Texas abortion law, which would ban terminating a pregnancy as early as 6 weeks.  The Indian American politician took to twitter to say getting an abortion years ago was not an easy choice, but it was her own choice. Jayapal says preserving this right is important for every woman across the US.

Mia Bonta is declaring victory in her California state Assembly race. She faced off against Indian American Democrat Janani Ramachandran in the District 18 special election.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Census: Indian American population tops 4 million

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (Diya TV) — Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi is touting the achievements of Indian Americans and their influence after the latest census data showing tremendous growth in the community. There are now more than four million Indian Americans and they’re considered one of the fastest growing ethnic groups.  Krishnamurthi says this is just the beginning and expects the community to contribute even more to the fabric of America.  

Pakistan National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf is trying to walk back his controversial statements he allegedly made to a  British newspaper. The Sunday Times says he warned that the West risks a second 9/11 situation if it doesn’t “immediately recognize” the Taliban. The newspaper is standing by its reporting and says the entire interview was recorded.

A white man accused of running over a Sikh man outside a Colorado liquor store with his car is being charged with a hate crime.  Witnesses say Eric Breemen nearly killed Lakhwant Singh after a dispute. The Sikh Coalition advocacy group mobilized the community and helped push for the hate crime charges. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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