Chouksey is a crusader for the national anthem

Shyam Narayan Chouksey is a crusader against the 'commercial misuse” of the national anthem and the supreme court recently ordered all cinema halls to mandatorily play the national anthem based on Chouksey’s petition. 

The 76-year-old Chouksey had retired as an engineer with the Central Warehousing Corporation.

After a dramatised rendition of the Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham, he launched a campaign to give the national anthem its rightful place. In 2002, he filed a petition in the Madhya Pradesh High Court against the “misuse” of the national anthem for commercial purposes.

Born in 1940 to a middle class teacher, with the background of a freedom fighter, Chouksey says he was imbued with nationalism from his school days.

And taking cue form it, he says his next fight is to push for the mandatory singing of the national anthem in private schools, convent institutions and madrasas. 

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