Latest current affairs: National Anthem – Code of Conduct


We have already come up with the interesting facts about the National Anthem. The National anthem was in news recently. Supreme Court has declared that pride for the national anthem is non-negotiable and the Centre allowed differently-abled people to stay seated during the national anthem. It has also made mandatory that all the citizens of India should stand up and listen to the National Anthem before they can watch a movie in a theatre. The decision is in harmony with Article 51(A) of the Indian Constitution which makes honouring the National Anthem a fundamental duty of all citizens. In this regard, here we are giving some interesting facts about Code of Conduct relating to the National Anthem.

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The song Jana Gana Mana was composed originally in Bengali by Rabindranath Tagore. The Hindi version of Jana Gana Mana was adopted as the National Anthem of India on 24th January 1950.

The National Anthem of India is sung on several occasions. Guidelines have been issued from time to time about the precise forms of the National Anthem, the events on which it is to be sung or played, and about the necessity for giving respect to the National Anthem by the observance of proper dignity on such occasions.

The complete version of the National Anthem shall be played in the following events:

  • Civil and Military Ceremonies.
  • National Salute should be given to the National Anthem on official occasions to the President or to the Governor within their corresponding States.
  • During parades regardless of whether any of the VIPs mentioned above is present or not.
  • On arrival of the President at official State functions and other gatherings organized by the Government and on his departure from such functions.
  • Instantaneously before and after the President addresses the country over All India Radio.
  • On arrival of the Lieutenant Governor at official State functions within his Union Territory or State and on his leaving from such functions.
  • When the National Flag is carried on parade.
  • When the Regimental Colours are presented.
  • For raising of colours in the Navy.
  • The list of 10 categories of people who are exempted from standing up at the time the national anthem plays in a theatre has been adjusted recently. The list includes people diagnosed with:
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Leprosy-cured persons
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Day blindness
    • Dearing loss
    • Autism
    • Locomotive disability (wheelchair-bound)
    • Intellectual disability (learning disorder)

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