This morning, singer Sonu Nigam was apparently woken up by the sound of Azaan from a local mosque. And, going by his tweets, he hated it so much that he called it 'gundagardi'.
Nigam's main concern was this: "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," the singer 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— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 16, 2017
Nigam didn't stop there. He went on to justify his tweets too. Well, let's say he tried to.
And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
He then went on to say that he doesn't 'believe' that temples and gurudwaras should wake up people with loud noises either.
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?— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
And finally he came to a conclusion about mosques do it.
Gundagardi hai bus...— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Nigam's tweets were criticised:
Azaan should be stopped in India, where millions of Muslims live, because desh ka laadla Sonu Nigam can't sleep. Where is the tolerance? FO.— Sheru. (@iamzaalima) April 17, 2017
Dear Sonu Nigam u forget u started ur career doing jagrata all night. Where was gundagardi thn. If azaan shd stop thn jagrata shd also stop.— G.MISHRA (@Satyameva_J) April 17, 2017
But it was also supported by many.
Kudos to you Sonu Nigam. & with that said, im against the use of loud speakers by gurudwaras & temples too, just as mosques.— Queen B (@_msfancypantss) April 17, 2017
Apurva Asrani, editor and screenwriter, probably best summarised our exact feeling after Nigam's tweet.
Don't want to hear the Azaan at dawn, nor do I want to hear a Chikni Chameli tuned Ganesh Aarti at dusk. Ban ALL loudspeakering of religion. https://t.co/BVu1Nb6mKR— Apurva Asrani (@Apurvasrani) April 17, 2017
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