Dear Sonu Nigam, I woke up to Azaan for 3 years when posted in Pakistan: Vinod Sharma
Yet, I didn't return a rabid Hindu from that country...
New Delhi, April 18: Singer Sonu Nigam, who trended on Twitter and also trolled by many, after he termed Azaan, Muslim prayer call, as ‘forced religiousness' and ‘Gundagardi' or goondaism has got a lovely advice from veteran journalist and Hindustan Times' Political Editor Vinod Sharma.
Sharma, who worked in Pakistan for three years in early 1990s and would often wake up to the Azaan, asked ‘dear singer' to accept Azaan, chimes of temple bells or Gurbani as the "beauty of our country" and "be tolerant."
Early Monday morning, Sonu Nigam tweeted his strong anger over Azaan that woke him from the sleep.
"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."
His tweets earned him both praise and condemnation from thousands.
Late Monday night, Vinod Sharma, just before going to sleep, wrote the following post on his Facebook:
Dear Sonu Nigam,
I woke up to the Azaan for three years when posted in Pakistan in early 1990s. Was often shadowed by intelligence guys and had problems because of them with my Khansamas.
Yet I didn't return a rabid Hindu from that country. I came back convinced that India cannot be a tyranny of religious radicals the way Pakistan is. Or else it'll lose the high moral ground it has as a state without religion where all religions are equal. It may not be the case today but we're trying to regain our past. You I'm sure are one among us in the effort.
So accept it as a fait accompli if once in a while you wake up to azaan, chimes of temple bells or Gurbani. That's the beauty of our country dear singer. So be tolerant.
Good night and happy waking up to azaan or temple bells. Or your own songs belted out by a stray band accompanying a newly wedded bride to her Priya ke Ghar at the break of dawn.