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Sonu Nigam Azaan row: Priyanka Chopra’s video praising Azaan goes viral as Sonu defends self

Amidst all the criticism pouring in from across the country after Sonu Nigam went on a rant about being woken up by the noise of the Azaan early in the morning, an old video of Priyanka Chopra is going viral on the internet.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: April 19, 2017 10:11 am
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For Sonu Nigam, the morning Azaan or anything blaring over loudspeakers in the morning is ‘gundagardi’ and ‘forced religiousness’. But there are some in the industry who have a contrasting view. On Tuesday, Pooja Bhatt took to her Twitter handle to let the world know how blissful is the sound of church bells and Azaan is to her ears and now it is Bollywood’s international superstar, Priyanka Chopra, who agrees with her.

Amidst all the criticism pouring in from across the country after Sonu Nigam went on a rant about being woken up by the noise of the Azaan early in the morning, an old video of Priyanka Chopra is going viral on the internet. In the video, Priyanka is heard talking about how much she likes listening to Azaan every morning. The video which has found its way on the internet is from the last year when PeeCee was in Bhopal for the shooting of her film Gangaajal 2. “In Bhopal, the most interesting time of the day is evening when one could hear to the divine Azaan. After pack up, at sunset, I sit on my terrace here where I can listen to Azaan which probably comes from six Masjids. Those five minutes have a strange peace in it. That time of the day is my favourite and the sound of Azaan is like music to my ears,” said Priyanka in the video.

Also read | Sonu Nigam azaan row: Pooja Bhatt takes a jibe at the singer, salutes the spirit of India

Watch what Priyanka Chopra said about Azaan 

Meanwhile, Sonu Nigam stands by with what he said and still maintains that loudspeakers should be banned in mosques and temples. Miffed with the various tweets in which the singer is being bashed for being biased against a religion, Sonu wrote, “And dear Everyone, for those who are tainting my Tweets anti Muslim, tell me 1 place where I have said anything related, & I’ll apologize. When I am talking about Loudspeakers, I did mention Temples and Gurudwaras too. Is it that hard to comprehend? Loosen up guys.”

Also read | Sonu Nigam azaan row: Singer calls religion ‘gundagardi’ after being woken up by azaan, gets slammed on Twitter

His tweets that started the controversy and trolling were, “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? 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…”

But unlike many, there are some from the industry who support Sonu Nigam. Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, Apurva Asrani and singer Richa Chadha are some who are on Sonu’s side.

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    Apr 20, 2017 at 12:12 am
    1 Indian Court-Judges issued Orders, to Ban Loud-speakers. Most complied: temple, churches, etc. But M-ppl openly defy: our Judges-Courts. Qn: why Mppl used LS, in past ? To "announce times" to pray, "shud be" only to Mppl, reason: lack of wrist watches on poor Mppl. But now all have mobile, phones, tv...very easy to know time. Then, why still LS ?? Big Mystery !!! How they ABUSE !! : 1. via Mppl-LS, the Mppl-Mantra'z are, forced deliberately into, hindu, Christian, sikh peoples, newborns, babies, children's, old aged, into their brains, via "ultra-hi-sound" LS !
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      souto
      Apr 20, 2017 at 12:11 am
      2 2. use of Mppl-LS, is a blackmail, dagger-in-back, way: it "steadily forces", the "EXODUS" of hindus, Christians, sikhs. 2b. See any Mppl-DENSE areas: before only hindu, Christian, sikh lived there. Quietly, Mppl-LS was installed. With 24-hours of Mppl's LS-mantra'z, "house prices CRASHED"! WHY??? NOBODY, INCLUDING YOU THE READERS, WILL BUY-LIVE THERE !! A Clever blackmail ! Only Mppl buy, crores-worth-houses, in dirt-cheap rates. 3. So, Mppl-LS cleverly, psychiatrically converts, AND, mentally NEUTRALIZE, "all listeners", over to Islam... all listeners, babies, new born, old, dying aged, ARE TARGETS of :: a "clever-psychriatric-war", on hindu, Christians, sikhs. 4. Mppl-LS, minarets: banned in all developed world; NOT in ignorant India.
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        souto
        Apr 20, 2017 at 12:11 am
        3 LoudSpeaker Jihad: Clever, psychiatric, psychological warfare by other means. Mppl-Mantra'z are forced, into bodies & brains, of non-Mppl / un-willing listeners. In day: 3 times. Targets ppl 24x7 / mostly@home: new-born, kids, house-wife, aged-dying. At dawn & dusk: 2 times. Targets also office-goers. Mppl-Mantra'z forced, into, non-Mppl'z permanent memory. Old-dying DONOT want to memorize Mppl-Mantra'z. They desire2recall THEIR GOD ONLY, AS THEY@DEATH. Bombarding them with Mppl-Mantra'z, forcefully makes them: lost mental-peace, abort their-dying-wishes; converts dying-ppl to Islam. Links 2 luvJihad: Females hit very bad: EASILY convert Islam, as mind is fully, forced-familiar from birth, with Mppl-Mantra'z by majjid-LS. Clever Mafia-Nexus of Mppl-property-dealers & Mppl-Loud-Speakers: 1. Forced EXODUS of hindu, Christian, sikh, &, to CRASH HOUSE PRICES, &, only Mppl buy near majjid-LS, in DIRT CHEAP, &, create M-ppl-only AREAS. SO, CRORES INDIANS, CONVERTED 2 ISLAM
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          Apr 19, 2017 at 12:57 pm
          I do believe that there is no necessity to call Azan on loud speakers, but Sonu Nigam is not talking about sound pollution but subjugation of Muslims. Ban use of loud speakers in Azan (2 minutes - maybe disturbing to some in the morning only), Temple Bhajans (hours), Churches, Marriages, Pujas, Ganesh Chaturti (several hours for full week), Navratri (several hours in the night for over a week). Loud speakers are a mess and must banned in total. Let's be rational!
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            AlsoIndian
            Apr 19, 2017 at 12:52 pm
            God bless everyone. I am not a Hinduthva but I have to be woken up everyday to the sounds of hate speech from Hinduthvaists, the ault on Muslims by Cow Protectors, the desecration of Church services by RSS, the abuse of Dalits by the so called upper castes, the violence on men and women by Anti Romeo Squads, the rape and death threats to women who speak their minds from frothing bhakts, the ban on beef because some people worship the cow, the violation of women through marital rape, the ault on couples by Shiv Sena and VHP, the brain washing of young girls of Durga Vahini to turn them into Islamaphobes and submissive wives, the shouts of "Go to stan" if we don't agree with the BJP government, the suffocation of freedom of speech in JNU by ABVP youth, the silly Ghar Wapsi, the ic conspiratorial idea of Love Jihad, and the list goes on and on. When will this forced nationalism and religious extremism end in India?
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