MUMBAI: Singer Sonu Nigam received flak after he described the use of loudspeakers for ‘Azaan’ as hooliganism or ‘gundagardi’.
His insensitive statement over Azaan and “forced religiousness” didn’t go well with many celebrities including Pooja Bhatt, who called ‘church bells & the Azaan’ the ‘spirit of India’.
The filmmaker turned actor who is known for voicing her thoughts fearlessly posted a tweet saying, “I wake each morning to the sound of church bells & the Azaan in a quiet by-lane of Bandra. I light an aggarbatti & salute the spirit of India.”
I wake each morning to the sound of church bells & the Azaan in a quiet by-lane of Bandra.I light an aggarbatti & salute the spirit of India
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) April 18, 2017
While critisising heavily, the 43-year-old singer defended himself and said ‘[Holy Prophet] Mohammed [PBUH] did not have electricity when he made Islam… Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?’ and calling it ‘Gundagardi’ (hooliganism).
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
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