After Sonu Nigam, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi’s azaan tweet creates uproar

The fire of Sonu Nigam’s harsh tweet on morning azaan is still burning in the heart of the protesters and now singer-actress Suchitra Krishnamoorthi's harsh tweet about the use of loudspeakers added fuel to the fire. She said use of loudspeakers as "lowlife and dumb."

Suchitra Krishnamoorthi in her tweet said, "4.45 am to most aggressive/ear shattering call of azaan," saying that there is "nothing more lowlife and dumb than such extreme imposed religiosity."

Her tweeted created furore and some social media users highly slammed the actress. When a twitter user reminded her that azaan helps people wake up at "Brahma Muhurt" (early morning), she replied, "I wake up at Brahmamuhurt of my own accord & do my prayers & riyaz & yoga. I dont need public loudspeakers to remind me of my God or my duty."

In another tweet, she defended her remark,saying, "Nobody objects to azaan or prayers during decent hours. But to be wakung up entire neighbourhood at 5 am is not civilized."

Talking to India TV, Krishnamoorthi said, "I had written about azaan back in 2009, I had even brought the issue to the attention of the authorities but nothing happened. Law should be followed. If law of the land says that loudspeakers are not allowed between 11 pm to 8 am, how can one community put the religious law above the law of the land?"

Suchitra’s remark, however, did not go down well with few politicians and they took potshots at the singer-actress. Reacting to her statement, Maharashtra MLA and Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi said, "I don't even know who this woman is. If she had been a freedom fighter, I would've thought something of her words. If these people who sing and dance, who attend parties till 2 am, who stand with strange men waring half clothes, which is against Indian culture, comment something on azaan, there voice should be stopped. These people do such things for cheap publicity. Faith is the biggest issue in our country. Worshipping of cows or use of loudspeakers for azaan should be respected in our country.

Another SP leader Juhi Singh also criticised the actress’s remark.

“Such irresponsible comments have been made in the past also. I am unable to understand what kind of people they are. I would like to know how does azaan, which otherwise purifies you on hearing, bother her. May be her sleep is more important,” Singh told ANI.

Earlier in April, singer Sonu Nigam’s Azaan tweet triggered huge controversy and following which she shaved off his head.