After Sonu Nigam, it’s Suchitra Krishnamoorthi who’s grabbing all the headlines after calling Azaan on the loudspeaker as “uncivilized”.
A few months back, Sonu Nigam tweet created a buzz all around. The famous Bollywood playback singer tweeted that he had “to be woken up by Azaan” as well as questioned when will this “forced religiousness” end in India. Soon his tweet attracted many controversies from all around, on and off twitter. He also went ahead and shaved his head in reply to the Maulvi who issued a fatwa against Sonu Nigam and announced a reward of Rs 10 lakhs for anyone who shaves Sonu Nigam’s head. After a long fight, Sonu finally deleted his twitter account.
After 3 months, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, the actress famously known for her role in the 1994 film Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, which also starred Shahrukh Khan, grabbed the headlines again and is in the middle of the controversy regarding for her tweet against Azaan calling it “uncivilized”. She recently tweeted complaining about the ‘ear shattering call for azaan.
On July 22, at 5.33 pm, the actress tweeted: “came home at 4.45 am 2 most aggressive/ear shattering call of azaan. Nothing more low life & dumb than such extreme imposed religiosity”. Many Twitterati, from all the communities, stood for and against the actress.
In reply to her tweet, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi was quoted saying “Those who sing and dance till early hours, drink at 2 a.m. in parties in hotels, and sit with their arms on shoulders of strange men and talk, who have spoilt Indian culture have suddenly started criticizing.” The Samajwadi leader was soon mocked by thousands for his comments.
But not only political leaders, many celebrities joined the fight too. Jewelry designer Farah Khan Ali tweeted “My dear, I normally would not comment but yr description of d Azaan that annoys u speaks lowly of u.U culd hav had more dignity in yr comment.” in reply to Suchitra Krishnamoorthy’s tweet against azaan.
Later, the actress tweeted to cover-up her harsh words used against azaan saying “…and yes i agree my words were too strong. It’s the writer & dramatist in me – i get carried away.”
This long-standing battle on the usage of loudspeakers for azaan doesn’t seem to douse any sooner. Somehow, someone will take up this matter somewhere someday again.
What are your views on the usage of loudspeakers for religious purposes?