Is this how we show “Respect” and define “Patriotism” ?
Whenever Indian national anthem is sung or played, everyone is expected to stand even in the cinema halls. Two days back, when the members of a family, while in the cinema hall, didn’t stand during such an occasion, thus showing their “disrespect” towards the national anthem, they were thrown out of the cinema hall, as per the reports.
The point of concern here is, whether standing at the time of national anthem is the only way to show “respect” towards the nation and is defined as “patriotism”; and whether throwing a family away in an inhumane way in any manner falls under “patriotism”!
While most of these alleged “patriots” spectating the event, on the other instances might be the ones directly or indirectly being the part of the matters like eve-teasing, chain snatching, violating the traffic rules, evading taxes and so on and so forth; at the same time, the fact that the entire family didn’t stand up during the national anthem is also not justified; though the reasons behind this act of the family are still unrevealed.
Our soldiers are on the border incessantly for our safety despite being in the vicinity of poisonous insects, mosquitoes and dangerous animals, even at the time when the temperatures are in negative (‘–n’) and we create issues out of such trifle matters to set a standard convention of “respect”.
Let us broaden our views and realize that we too have much more responsibilities for our nation and humanity as a whole, other than just showing our reverence for the nation by mere standing at the time when national anthem is played (which too is mandatory as a norm, but then there are many more important ‘patriotic’ factors to be concerned about).