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, tweeted Sonu Nigam
NEW DELHI — In a series of tweets, veteran Bollywood singer, Sonu Nigam expressed his displeasure on being ‘forced’ to wake up because of the Azaan every morning.
He posted,”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.”
This did not go down too well with Twitterati and backfired for the Kal Ho Naa Ho crooner.
One user wrote: I am a fan of yours but this was definitely a bullshit statement. You gotta respect other religions beliefs. It’s a democratic country.
Another one questioned about the Hindu religious practices in the country. She wrote: “Am a Hindu but isn’t same “inconvinience” faced by Non Hindus too when we blare loudspeakers for Navratri n Ganesh processions?”
Another user was rather witty about his protest. “So true.Only cows should be made to moo in morning on loudspeaker in jugalbadi with Sonu to remind u not to eat beef.”
Someone even made an observation about Mandir’s not being subtle about their message either: “We accept the sounds of Mandir ki ghantis & bhajans playing on full blast because all have a right to practice their religion how they want.”
Talking about India being a strong secular state, one user wrote: “India is a secular country, u cant say such things. So many Muslims out there… should they not be called to prayer, cuz you get disturbed?”
Soon after the backlash, Sonu responded strongly. He went on to write:
“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”
One user aptly summed up the whole matter: “Twitter is no forum to raise such sensitive issues. It appear Sonu Nigam is looking for publicity rather than solution.”