After Sonu Nigam, Javed Akhtar Too Speaks Out Against Loudspeakers In Mosques

Religious tolerance and intolerance is a very sensitive topic in India. Last year, singer, Sonu Nigam was put under the radar for his tweet. And if you don’t remember what I’m talking about, let me give you some context.

In a Twitter thread, Sonu Nigam shared his opinion about “forced religiousness.” He spoke about the fact that he wasn’t a Muslim and yet was woken up by the Azaan in the morning.

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He even went on to call the whole thing “gundargardi“.

The fiasco has once again come to light because now lyricist, Javed Akhtar too has tweeted about the same. He took Nigam’s side (better late than never, I guess) discouraging the use of loudspeakers in residential areas.

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He shared his opinion on Twitter saying that not only mosques but even any other places of worship shouldn’t use loudspeakers.

According to Indian Express, last year the Sonu Nigam row went on for many weeks. It reached the level that a Muslim cleric even announced a reward of Rs. 10 lakh for anyone who will tonsure the singer.

Many people from the entertainment industry too commented on the incident including Wajid Khan.

Many on Twitter started accusing Akhtar of spreading religious intolerance. But he replied that he raises his voice against anything wrong.

However, the tweets left Indian Twitter arguing both sides of the coin. Some are showing their dissent while others are agreeing with his point.

1. This user feels that loudspeakers will do nothing for those who don’t want to attend.

2. Another Twitter user had this opinion.

3. However, some agreed with Akhtar.

4. This was another man’s viewpoint.

5. Some wanted to ban speakers everywhere and not only at religious places.

6. Others said, “God does not need loudspeakers.”

7. Ban noise pollution.

8. Noise should not be tolerated anywhere.

What do you think of this ongoing debate? Were Sonu Nigam and Javed Akhtar right from where they were coming from? Tell us in the comments below.