New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision that cinema halls across the country should play national anthem before the screening of the film, but questioned whether it will boost the patriotism among people.

“It (the directive) is alright and it has to be followed. But the question is whether it requires people to stand up when the anthem is being rendered? Will this help see rise in patriotism or nationalism?” Owaisi asked.

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“What I believe (is that) children should be taught about (respecting anthem) from very young age… The government needs to amend the 1971 Act and correct the MHA advisory,” the Hyderabad MP said, adding that he was for patriotism.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed all movie halls to play the National Anthem at the start of every movie accompanied by national flag on the screen.

 The Court added that people must rise and pay respect to the National Anthem.