Singer Sonu Nigam on Monday posted a series of tweets expressing his disgust for Muslims using loudspeakers for azaan (call for prayers) in mosques and likened the act to gundagardi.
His tweets, that have gone viral now, said, “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?”
In his concluding tweets, the famous singer said the act was nothing but gundagardi.
“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…”
The singer is now being branded as communal even as others defend him as somebody who just cared about his sleep. Some users felt that Sonu’s comments criticising the use of loudspeaker for azaan, which lasts for few 2-3 minutes was his Abhijeet moment against Islam. His old tweet praising Yogi Adityanath last month during his trip to IIT Kanpur also surfaced.
Traveling through Kanpur and Yogi Adityanath came to my mind. Quite refreshing to see someone showing some interest in his own State. Kudos
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) March 27, 2017
Many on Twitter also termed his act as extremely courageous.
Abhijeeet, a former Bollywood singer, has been known for his hatred against Islam and Muslims. His racist tweet last year had prompted the Mumbai Police to arrest him briefly.
Here are some of the reactions on Sonu Nigam’s outbursts against Muslims;
Competition in the bigoted Bollywood singer category is hotting up https://t.co/5Q7LgaJ5Bv
— Veena Venugopal (@veenavenugopal) April 17, 2017
Sonu Nigam is feeling left out. Probably feeling that Abhijeet is 'walking away with all the BMKJ glory' ??
— Ali Yawer Usmani (@aliusmani) April 17, 2017
.@sonunigam who himself used to sing bhajan in "Jagrata" whole night now telling Azan is forced religiousness & Gundagardi. Jai Shree Ram.
— Adil (@Adilogics) April 17, 2017
— Harini Calamur (@calamur) April 17, 2017
sonu nigam is canceled
— Hareem Ahmed? (@creamyhareemy) April 17, 2017
Dear Seculars …Sonu Nigam is living in the same democratic country as you are ??✌✌ #FreedomOfExpression
— A D I (@Sachinspired) April 17, 2017
I am not Hindu, but I lose my sleep to the loud mantras being chanted in the temple at 4 a.m. Get used to it, @sonunigam. Whattey wimp.
— Ashika Rehana (@AshikaRehana) April 17, 2017
— सत्यसाधक/Truthseeker (@RituRathaur) April 17, 2017