A bunch of people, including a few Kannada actors, took on the job of being”the authentic citizens to place those anti-Indians right.”
As Indians, our patriotism can be ridiculously put to check from an BJP candidate proclaiming that”in case you’re anti-Modi, you’re anti-India” into cricketer Virat Kohli telling a fan who’d stated he loved viewing English and Australian batsmen over Indian ones, to”go live somewhere else” to, funnily enough, Kohli himself being questioned for getting married in Italy over India, something a true”rashtra bhakt” (patriot) would’ve never achieved.
But another ludicrous place that this litmus test plays out at is in the cinema halls, most of which play the national anthem before each movie viewing. Reports of people who have sat their way through it being assaulted verbally or even physically–those with disabilities–have regularly surfaced in Indian press. And the latest one surfaced this week.
On October 23, a bunch of people who didn’t stand up during the national anthem at a cinema hall in Bengaluru were heckled, mistreated and even known as”Pakistani terrorists”. “But you’ve got the audacity to sit here and see a three-hour movie?” Said one of these. The unnamed man went on to ask them”Are you really Pakistani terrorists?”
The movie also showed Gowda stating to the camera,”Look at these guys. Just have a look at their faces once again. They’re telling us to submit a complaint” The video that was shared on Facebook by fellow celebrity BV Aishwarya, who was likewise amongst the team that insulted the group, said,”So known as citizens of India refused to stand while the national anthem was played, we’re here since the true citizens to place those anti-Indians right. Don’t you dare” While the two girls who were harassed told them that this show of patriotism is”definitely” a choice which”I am amazed to hear the opposite of Indian is Pakistani”, they finally left the movie hall after being subjected to loud heckling.
Following the video moved viral, Gowda, over a Facebook article, attempted to defend his actions by stating that nobody was manhandled during this confrontation. “[It’s] okay if they don’t endure for our anthem based on SC order, but when they talked bad about our India Army not me no one will spare them,” he wrote at this article.
The Twitterverse, as always, was divided in their opinions
Some pulled up the fact that Gowda was once arrested for illegally running a hookah bar.
While none of the involved parties have been detained in this event, a similar one in Bengaluru earlier this year had led to the arrest of a 29-year-old. However, this was later modified and made optional, even though most cinemas across the country continue to play the national anthem prior shows.
But a year following the 2016 sequence to play the national anthem has been passed, then chief justice Dipak Misra had questioned the judgment, stating that it”can’t be presumed that if somebody doesn’t endure for national anthem, then he’s not as patriotic”. In a time when it does not require much to become branded an anti-national, those words which you’d otherwise suppose are logical really need to be spelled out.