Sonu Nigam: Mentioned temple, Gurudwara also, but azaan got highlighted

Sonu Nigam talking about his Azaan controversy said on Thursday that he had also mentioned temple and Gurudwara in his Twitter posts, but only the Azaan was highlighted.
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Popular singer Sonu Nigam, who had earlier this year sparked a controversy by calling azaan on loudspeakers a "forced religiousness", on Thursday said he had also mentioned temple and Gurudwara in his Twitter posts, but only the Azaan was highlighted.

"The issue of loudspeaker was in my office. But when I raised my voice against it, they fit one near my house also as a way to protest. It's the right of every citizen to raise their voice against anything wrong and not tolerate it," Sonu said at the Manthan Aaj Tak conclave here.

"In the azaan incident, religion was also added. In India, people don't try to understand the meaning of words and try to look into it deeply. In the same post, I had mentioned temple, Gurudwara, but the only thing highlighted was azaan," he added.

On April 16, Sonu, in a series of tweets, had lashed out at "forced religiousness" in India after being woken up by the azaan (Islamic call to prayer) from a nearby mosque.

He had tweeted: "God bless everyone. I'm not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India.

"And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? I don't believe in any temple or Gurudwara using electricity to wake up people who don't follow the religion. Why then? Honest? True?. Gundagardi hai bus."

Sonu, 43, also said the reactions from Bollywood on his comment that time were divided.

"I am not a religious person, but I believe in God. I see God in everybody. I believe in all the religions. Even some of my close friends stood against me during that time. But not all of them were against me. Today, a lot of people praise the step that I took during that time," he said.

Back then, Sonu had even shaved off his head in defiance of a 'fatwa' issued by Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi of the West Bengal Minority Council, who offered to pay Rs 10 lakh as a reward to have the singer go bald and garland him with old shoes.

Comments

"minoriy appeasement" right! this is why everyone was butthurt during the firecreacker-ban during diwali??? pls stop it..learn to respect all communities..govts come and go (emboldening snakes like Sonu Nigam) but these wounds ruin the social fabric of our country. I am not denying that the Muslim community also need to step up and return the respect but stop being so toxic/ PV you must post. You always ignore my comments about this hatred on this site. Pls post.

These MONIROITY APPEASEMENT should really stop.....I am against loudspeaker and dhol noises during ganapati and other Hindu festivals, 'Azaan' happens daily and nobody raises voice......Why ????????
Stop noise pollution and Politician Wake up

Yes he did mention it all but these pseudo liberals just grabbed what they wanted

Kudos for speaking up on what he felt was right..the best move was to shave his hair off to stfu that maulwi issuing fake fatwas on him lol

Azaan in the morning is very irritating

Ok

he's milked this one controversy for all its worth. really disgusting. pv pls post.

He is correct.

Who cares

Yes we do... cus we are affected by these noises...Diwali main sabko pollution and noise dikhta ( I'am also against cracker all year )...what about these daily noises too !! sadly our politicians just do appeasement

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