VIJAYAWADA: Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan has stood up against Supreme Court and questioned the wisdom of its directive that everyone should stand up and show respect when national anthem is played in cinema halls.
The film actor, who has been tweeting against the BJP on several issues for the last two days came out with another set of tweets on Saturday on what he considered not patriotism. "A simple evening to spend time with family and friends to watch a movie has been made into a testing ground to prove one's patriotism," he said, disapproving of the apex court's direction.
He wanted to know why shouldn't political parties begin their meetings with national anthem and why only cinemas? Why not the highest offices in the country. "Those who preach and enforce laws, why shouldn't they lead us by example?" he asked.
He said when he sees all this, he is reminded of American economist Thomas Sowell's words: "Are we turning the law into a trap for honest people and bonanza for charlatans?"
Referring to the attempt of branding those who do not toe the line of the ruling party as anti-national, the Jana Sena chief said that in democracy, differing with ruling party's opinion cannot be labelled as anti national. Even if they want to take such extreme view about their opponents, first let them hear without stifling their voice. "They can then take the needed action. If they do anything in haste it will only backfire as it did in the JNU students' sedition case.
He said that true patriotism will come into experience when an individual or a political party goes beyond caste, creed, class, religion, region ethnic and linguistic differences. True meaning of patriotism is deeply rooted in human values and it is holistic in nature, he said.