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Sunday, February 06, 2005

The treachery of lying down

Remember the recent court ruling absolving Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife, Rabri Devi, of being seated while the national anthem played before a film? Well, PTI reports that an NGO named Tiranga Abhiyan has filed a revision petition in Indore to appeal that decision. The point in dispute is the interpretation of the wonderfully named Prevention of Insults to the National Honour Act (1971), which states that any “obstruction” during the rendition of the national anthem is wrong. The local court that cleared Lalu did not consider being seated during the anthem – and it wasn’t even established that the anthem was playing when he was shown to be seated – to be an “obstruction”.

Tiranga Abhiyan’s counsel, a gentleman named Shailendra Dwivedi, disagrees. According to PTI:
If a person is sitting and reading when others are standing in an attention position during the national anthem, and if it is not considered an obstruction, then other activities, too, like lying down, sleeping and eating, will not be treated as obstruction, he [Dwivedi] said.

What about milking a cow?
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