"In our factory, every year on August 15 and January 26, we would sing the National Anthem. Some of the workers pointed out why we should sing only on two days...why not every day," Mr Sanjay owner of the factory told news agency ANI.
Since 2016, this been the routine for the workers at the factory every morning. "We have people of all religions, castes working here...there is so much harmony and sense of brotherhood among them," Mr Sanjay said.
The owner of the factory believes "this routine has helped the workers to concentrate on their work...and has increased the overall production of the mill." After entering the factory, nobody is a Hindu, Muslim or Christian; everybody is an Indian first, says Mr Sanjay.
"We thought this would instill patriotism among the students and the people. We had requested the villagers, wherever they are, to sing the National Anthem along with their children at the school. They agreed and the practice continues," The school headmaster Safikul Islam, told PTI.
After the Narendra Modi government came to power, there was countrywide debate over making the National Anthem compulsory in cinema halls before screening of films. A Supreme Court order issued in November 2016, had said all those present in theatres must "stand up in respect" till the anthem ended. On January 9, the government told the court, National Anthem before the screening of films should not be made compulsory for now and a final call can be taken once a ministerial panel comes up with its guidelines on this.
(With inputs from ANI & PTI)
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