New Delhi: Singer Sonu Nigam’s tweets on Azaan have been the most talked about issue on social media and Indian television for the last 24 hours. For Indian television, everything Islamic is an anathema. But Sonu Nigam’s tweets gave people some respite from the round the clock discussion on triple talaq.
Till yesterday morning, you would have been excused for believing that triple talaq had become the most important issue in the country, leaving behind the common issues like elusive employment, electricity or lack of it, soaring temperature, unavailability of meat and wine on highways.
Yeah both sharab and kebabs have been removed from much of North India, except in case you are in a five star hotel, where the inseparable twins are readily served, of course at sky-high price.
Sonu Nigam must be credited for saving us from the endless discussion on triple talaq, though with another issue that is of least importance to many people, azaan on loudspeaker.
A latest survey recently found that ratio of divorce was the lowest among Muslims in India when compared to different religious communities in the country. It must be kept in mind that very few people, among Muslims, pronounce divorce in the form of triple talaq. This means that the number of affected women by this form of divorce is actually in a few hundred in a calendar year.
But if you are a regular TV viewer, you are made to believe that this was the most important issue confronting Indians and not just Indian women. From Prime Minister Modi to recently installed chief minister of UP, Yogi Aditya Nath, the saffron clad seer/politician, triple talaq is something that is on their top priorities.
Thankfully Sonu Nigam diverted media attention to another issue, obviously a Muslim issue. Otherwise, the media wouldn’t be bothered with anything less. As the media starts talking about Azaan on loudspeaker and its side-effects, Nigam and his cohorts want to forget the loud voice of bhajans and kirtans coming from everywhere.
— Abhishek Singh (@abhishek__s) April 17, 2017
My mom: being a non muslim sonu nigam wakes up hearing azaan..ar is ladki ko to shankh bhi na sunai de..
— Shweta..Tiwari (@i_LiE__) April 18, 2017
— The News (@thenews_intl) April 18, 2017
Sonu Nigam – Subah jldi uthkr yoga kia kro
Frnd- Very difficult for me to wake up early in the morning
S – mere liye to bahot hi azaan hai
— PunK (@punk_hardik) April 18, 2017
— Capt Pawan Kalkal(R) (@Pawan_Kalkal) April 18, 2017
Sonu Nigam complaining about Azaan? Has he ever been introduced to loud (and often tuneless) Bhajans, Kirtans, Aartis, Jagraatas? ?
— Prerna Bakshi (@bprerna) April 18, 2017
Looks like Sonu Nigam is having a great peaceful sleep today! No more early morning complaints about the Azaan & the loudspeakers!
— Nikita Mantri (@MantriNikita) April 18, 2017
Why can't Sonu Nigam convert to Islam and enjoy the morning Azaan ? Stupid guy creating useless controversy.
— Lame Monk (@oldschoolmonk) April 17, 2017
Dear sonu nigam,
Azaan voice is million & trillion better den ur voice!!!! @sonunigam
— ♚ᵍᶫ (@maria_varun) April 17, 2017
— TabbuOfficial (@ThisisTabbu) April 18, 2017
@SirNathulal Again if Sonu nigam was in dubai earning in dollars and happened to hear Azaan blaring in a mall would he have said anything!?
— Tayeba Hussain (@tayebahussain) April 18, 2017
Thankfully, while Sonu Nigam might have not heard these sounds, there are millions of Indians, both Hindus and followers of other religions who are upset for singling out Muslims call for prayers for noise pollution.
Many people have claimed that India being a multi-religious society, people need to learn to live with these religious signs. Others came forward and condemned the singer for singling out azaan and gleefully forgetting not just bhajans and kirtans but blaring DJs in marriages, parties and other religious occasion throughout the year.