Singer Sonu Nigam on Wednesday addressed media for the first time since his tweets crticising Azaan caused an unprecedented controversy with many accusing him of being anti-Muslims.
The singer desperately sought to clarify that he was not against Islam or Muslims but was simply against the use of loudspeakers used by any religious groups.
He said, “Everyone picked on my last tweet that said it was ‘gundagardi’ but they did not pay attention to my previous tweets that said I was equally against temples, gurudwara forcing their religions on other non-believers.”
Nigam said that he was also against other religious groups holding processions while drunk, but he refused to name the groups saying ‘I can’t name them.’
He said, “I’m also against those who take out processions while drunk. I can’t name them. But you know who I am talking about.”
Mumbai is known for its Ganesh Chaturthi festival when hundreds of thousands of people take part in the annual festival. Millions take part in religious processions across the city during the immersion of Lord Ganesha idol.
Analysts feel that Nigam naming Hindu religious groups may not go down well with right-wing groups such as Shiv Sena or the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. Both parties have been know for their violent reactions even causing vandalism and public thrashings of their targets.
On Tuesday, Nigam had justified his original tweets while adding that he was ready to apologise if someone could identify where he had hurt the sentiments of Muslims.
Taking to Twitter, Nigam had called his critics people with ‘low IQ’ while adding that the loudspeaker must be banned both from temple and mosques.
His tweet read, “Dear everyone. Your stand exposes your own IQ. I stand by my statement that loudspeakers should not be allowed in Mosques & Temples. Period.”
Nigam on Monday had 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 had gone viral, 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…”