Early on this sunny Monday morning, a peeved Sonu Nigam tweeted about the way he was woken up – by a morning Azaan from a nearby mosque.
He went on to argue that nobody should be subjected to others practicing their religion, and that religious rituals and functions should be free of loudspeakers.
Folks readily agreed that India does have a “forced religiousness” problem…
But many were baffled at Nigam’s choice to single out a Muslim tradition, in a climate when most “forced religiousness” in India serves to oppress Muslim citizens.
In all, Nigam managed to launch a productive discussion about all religions conducting prayers and celebrations sans loudspeakers.
Though unfortunately his example of singling out Islam bolstered a few others doing the same.
Bigotry aside, the consensus seems to be that none of us want to be bothered by noise, traffic jams, and EDM playlists randomly through the year, and that prayer and celebration should carry on without disrupting passersby.