There’s a fresh call to boycott Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam, who is currently living in Dubai during the coronavirus pandemic, after his comments over the Muslim call to prayer made three years ago, resurfaced online.
The singer made those comments in 2017 while living in India, where he spoke about “forced religion” and the noise emerging from loudspeakers during the call to prayer, which disturbed his “morning sleep”.
He had tweeted: “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.” He added, “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.
At the time, those comments were perceived as Islamophobic by many on social media and had raised a Twitter storm.
Fast forward to 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the singer is in Dubai, and netizens have flooded Twitter with the screenshots of his old tweets, calling it an irony.
He had deactivated his Twitter handle back in 2017 citing a lack of respect for freedom of speech. In a series of tweets, he mentioned why he feels everyone is ‘angry’ on the micro-blogging site and ‘one-sided’.