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Gau raksha, beef and now azaan! What's next!
No, I've never supported the belligerent and uncontrolled display of religion in any form. I feel that Muslims can do without loudspeakers that cause disturbance outside the prayer halls. But there should be a uniformity of implementation of 'laws against noise pollution' for all faiths.

The recent tweets of Sonu Nigam are not in conformity with the realities of democratic India. His myopic comments based on bigotry earn him no laurels. His choice of words is reprehensible.

The reality is that it is a new episode in the sequence of well orchestrated RSS strategy to keep the minorities of India under immense social and political pressure; create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation for them and demoralise them. It is an attempt to rob them of their peace of mind. That RSS's attitude towards Muslims has always been hostile ever and that Sonu Nigam is proving to be another pawn in that game is now an open secret. I don't know how much employment Nigam gets these days but of course his damp squib has put him back in the news.

The memory of masses is not so weak and they could easily recall once he was caught in a controversy over singing on a 'Jet Airways' using the airplane's public announcement systems. Out of courtesy or mercy he escaped a precipitated action but his singing indulgence caused suspension of five unfortunate poor crew members. Did he search his conscience then? Did he ask the other travellers of that flight if they were interested in his boring, insipid and forced rendition? Was his action not tantamount to forced musical gundagardi?

Let us remind him about his career days as a struggler when he would perform at jagrans. Albeit I don't know how much he made back then.

Being a resident of Mumbai and Bombay as well, I'm well versed with the religious festivals like Ganpati and Govinda and the beautiful noise generated there. I love the Dandia play. A north Indian would love to enjoy Navaratra night celebrations.

Since when has 'noise' become a pollution problem in India?

What about the cacophony of frequent election campaigns? What about the high decibel blaring transports? What about the shouts of all type of vendors on the roads? What about the screams of the neighbour's TV? What about the Saturday Night Fever at the next floor of your building? Why to single out AZAAN?

I agree that one group's call of prayers has no religious significance for others. It may also be a source of uneasiness and disturbance for few. It could also be noise pollution for many. However, there are certain truths and bitter realities of democracy. We must learn to understand and tolerate; we must respect the traditions, customs and rituals of those who are different from our faith. India, is a garden of roses and a rose can't grow and flourish without thorns.

After Ram Janambhoomi, Ghar Vapsi, Love Jehad, Gau Raksha, Beef, and this recent Azaan attack of RSS ideological brigade, we the Muslims expect many more to come! I would say:

"Idhar aa sitamgar hunar azmayein; tu teer aazma hum jigar azmayein." (Oh my tormentor! Come on! Let's both experiment with our skills; you try your arrow, I'll test my patience.)

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