Forceful imposition of patriotism is counter-productive: Poet Satchidanandan

On his Facebook wall, K Satchidanandan wrote his views about the Monday arrest of six persons for not standing up while the national anthem was being played at IFFK in Thiruvananthapuram

Forceful imposition of patriotism is counter-productive: Poet Satchidanandan

A day after six persons were arrested for not standing up while the national anthem was being played ahead of the screening of a movie at International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in Thiruvananthapuram, renowned Malayalam poet and former Secretary of Sahitya Akademi K Satchidanandan has expressed his opinion on the issue.

He wrote on his Facebook wall: “I instinctively stand up when I hear the national anthem - may be that goes back to my childhood training. But any government should know that the forceful imposition of patriotism in any form is counter-productive. I believe that those who did not stand up when the national anthem was being sung at Kairali theatre at the IFFK in Trivandrum were not opposing the national anthem itself, but its wilful imposition, especially by a government - supported by sections who have absolutely no nationalist credentials as they never took part in the freedom struggle and reject the national anthem for Vande Mataram and the national flag for the saffron flag- that has been consciously and indiscriminately using jingoism- and the colonial Sedition law- as a tool of intimidation to silence its critics and minorities. The arrest only proves the real intentions behind the new move.”




Earlier, on 30th November, the Supreme Court had ordered that “all the cinema halls in India shall play the national anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the national anthem”.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy added that the movie screen shall have the image of the national flag when the anthem is being played and that doors of the halls will remain shut while the song is being played so that no disturbance is caused.