Just after a Supreme Court verdict on Wednesday made national anthem mandatory in cinema halls in the country, social media saw a riot of comments and trolls. It also turned into a battleground between the patriots who were ready to ‘stand up for the nation’ and those who questioned the context and rationale of the judgment. 

 

When it passed the verdict with the intention of making “people feel that they live in a nation and show respect to the national anthem,” the apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra would have least expected that it was triggering an infectious debate.
 

The Court had expressed hope that people would “wake up to see the order in its letter and spirit.”  The judgment saw citizens taking it to ridiculously new proportions.

 

A Keralite youth, for example, has come up with a new suggestion to spread nationalism among teens. He took to an online petition website and posted a petition urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make national anthem mandatory in the beginning and end of every video on Xvideos- a porn video website. Just within hours after posting the petition online, Hashin Jithu, received numerous supporters who felt it a good idea. 

   
 
 "On the advent of the Supreme Court ruling that National Anthem should be played in our theatres before movies, we are appealing to PM Narendra Modi to make it mandatory for Xvideos to play the national anthem before and after every video hosted on the website," the petitioner said.

 

"It is well known that a huge number of Indian teens spend a lot of their time at Xvideos.com along with other sites during their formative years. Making them listen to the national anthem before watching a venereal video will instil a sense of pride and helps in tying reproductive urgency with patriotism.This helps in indoctrinating a sense of primacy to patriotism and helps them create docile future citizens through responsible reproductive behaviours in favour of the nation tribe," Jithu explains.