To stand during the National Anthem in a movie theater or not, that is the question.
Recently, Supreme Court ditched its decision of making it mandatory for Indians to stand up during the National Anthem, but as moviegoers we still don’t know if pseudo nationalists would beat us up for not “showing nationalism” while chewing on popcorns.
But everybody has different opinions on the matter. Recently, Major Gaurav Arya, who served 7 years in Indian Army, tweeted a very controversial opinion on this modern day dilemma.
If you can’t stand for the national anthem, don’t expect me to stand for you.
– An Indian Soldier
— Major Gaurav Arya (@majorgauravarya) January 9, 2018
This tweet went viral on Twitter and stirred up a lot of controversy. But other Indian soldiers seem to have different opinions and they quickly shut down this conditional nationalism. Here’s what they replied:
Immature! I've been a soldier longer than this 'keeper of faith' and I will stand for all Indians, whether they stand for the national anthem or not! https://t.co/N3L8EQtXLa
— Abraham C (@iAbrahamC) January 11, 2018
Not really. The INDIAN SOLDIER stands for the Nation and dies for the Flag. He disregards & ignores such people BUT will STILL sacrifice his life for them. Thats why HE is a soldier. https://t.co/hYSEiNYb0T
— Ajay Ramakrishnan (@whirlybirdguy) January 10, 2018
A lot of people also disagreed with his tweet.
A true soldier will never say that. The oath is to protect the country n it’s people under any circumstances- son of a soldier
— Ronnie Lahiri (@ronnielahiri) January 10, 2018
He is blackmailing people . Shame on this major .
— Geet Kaur (@SnowGirlKaushar) January 10, 2018
Stand in the TV studio? TV host and former Indian soldier by your own admission, certainly not one who can speak for all. https://t.co/suXLcjp5Hs
— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) January 10, 2018
You don't & can't speak on behalf of all Indian soldiers.
– An Indian citizen https://t.co/gXop355Yhe
— Prerna Bakshi (@bprerna) January 10, 2018
If you can’t defend every citizen of your country, don’t bother becoming an Indian soldier. https://t.co/kbQuqtosVV
— Amitabh Dubey (@dubeyamitabh) January 10, 2018
You’re retired anyway. You only stand for Modi, Shah, and Arnab now https://t.co/1jRh5naCYR
— IndiaExplained (@IndiaExplained) January 10, 2018
What is your opinion? do let us know.