I stand by my statement that loudspeakers should not be allowed in mosques and temples: Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam azaan row: The singer has refused to bow down to pressure, and said that he stands by his earlier tweet, as trolling only shows people's IQ.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 18, 2017 7:20 pm
sonu nigam, sonu nigam new tweets, sonu nigam on azaan, sonu nigam loudspeaker ban, Sonu Nigam yet again took to his Twitter page, to make it clear that he still stands by his commitment, despite the backlash.

Sonu Nigam azaan Twitter rant started a commotion on Twitter and ensured the singer became a trend and a hashtag all rolled into one. But did it faze Sonu Nigam? Not at all. If anything, Sonu stands by his commitment and has said in fresh tweets that loudspeakers should be banned — whether they are in temples or in mosques. Sonu had tweeted on Monday morning after being woken up by morning azaan and had tagged it ‘gundagardi and forced religiousness’.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, he wrote despite the backlash, “Dear everyone. Your stand exposes your own IQ. I stand by my statement that loudspeakers should not be allowed in Mosques & Temples. Period.”

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He also replied to some of the tweets. In response to music composer Wajid Khan who had written, “@sonunigam that everyone has thr own point of view but that can be said without hurting others sentiments.hope u’ll understand whr comng frm,” Sonu wrote, “Dear @wajidkhan7. If for once u stop being a Muslim & simply be a Citizen of India, u will see what everyone is truly talking about. Love.”

“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…” he had written in a series of tweets on Monday. Soon enough trolling started with a few even lauding his tweets and asking for a ban on loudspeakers.

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While trolling was incessant, some like actor Richa Chadha, author Tarak fateh and filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri also supported Sonu. While Richa wrote, “People will misunderstand your tweet n give it a communal tinge, only those who know you will know you mean not to stoke a fire. ✌🏼️” Vivek tweeted, “I am willing to sponsor a campaign against illegal blaring of Azaan and other prayers on loudspeakers. Suggest a creative hashtag.” He went on to tag Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, to look into the matter. Vivek wrote, “Dear @DevFadnavis pl note and help us force police to act against illegal blaring of Azaan and other such activities.”

Filmmaker Apurva Asrani also wanted loudspeakers to be done away with,”Don’t want to hear the Azaan at dawn, nor do I want to hear a Chikni Chameli tuned Ganesh Aarti at dusk. Ban ALL loudspeakering of religion.” Pooja Bhatt, meanwhile, spoke against Sonu and wrote on Twitter, “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.”

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    Zarreen Babu
    Apr 21, 2017 at 4:55 pm
    It is not about 'RELIGION' it is about 'NOISE'. I stay awake and FEAR the burst of crackers in the middle of the night, amidst loudspeakers that are banned by the Supreme court, when people celebrate festivals and/or personal functions. The response to our objection is that its only for one day. If you add up the 'ONE DAYS' you realise there are hardly any 'SILENT' days left. What is the point of a ruling if it is not being enforced? I think we should stop fighting for new rules for our country and fight for 'ENFORCEMENT' of our existing ones. Trust me they are pretty good-JUST NOT ENFORCED.
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      afzar
      Apr 21, 2017 at 12:32 am
      Sunil grover aiye hain aab support keliye kuch kaam nahi hain cmdy nyts wth kapil mein nikaldiye hain aab edhar aiya heroism karneee
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        sonu nigam
        Apr 20, 2017 at 11:14 am
        U r rite ki ban ho phr rat ke functios aur band bajaa se barat apke concerts e itne fully noise loudspeakrs hote h should also be ban.sare musics wagairah sb band hona chahiye rat ko plane train buses jo b jiski b neend kharab krta ho sb band hona chahiye #ban all those bloody stuff
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          Vijay Kr. Gupta
          Apr 19, 2017 at 5:38 pm
          Sonu is totally justified;these actvities with no proper justification adversely affecting m es must be opposed by all fact the noise such as during Ram Navami celebrations in the midst of carrier making board exams ruin carriers of many.
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            Ithad
            Apr 19, 2017 at 4:01 pm
            After observing the situation in INDIA, I thanks to Al-Mighty ALLAH that i am living in STAN.
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              Ithad
              Apr 19, 2017 at 4:01 pm
              PAK
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              Avdhesh Tondak
              Apr 19, 2017 at 12:28 pm
              He is right. Why should loudspeakers be allowed in mosques and temples or similar places? What does Loudspeakers has to do with religion? s: www.avdheshtondak /04042017/how-loud-are-your-religious-sentiments/
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                chandra
                Apr 19, 2017 at 11:08 am
                Mr Sonu Nigan do not regret and stand on your opinion. you are correct. First it is not religiously mandatory and even if they do not have right to disturb other people and especially 4 am. there should be limit of sound so that it can not be disturb others.
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                  Observer
                  Apr 19, 2017 at 10:22 am
                  Equally disturbing,troublesome,nuisance are state buses making to & fro trips daily from some bus depots in some metro cities. They start from 3.30 am to 4 a.m.daily and make last trips well after midnight besides so many trips during the day.. The pblm is, these bus depots are located in fully residential areas. They thus disturb the sleeps of many residents here incldg. sick people. A big bus stand is available nearby (1 km) but they wont shift there. They are our glorious state buses you see! And they wont do much about these daily nuisance state buses! your sleep needs daily incldg.during daytime when u r sick at times!
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