Azan awakens Sonu Nigam and a debate arises
The social media has been rife in the past few days with citizens raising their points of view either supporting or denouncing Sonu Nigam’s tweet. Sonu Nigam has made the ‘mistake’ of complaining without too much camouflage and without too much political correctness. He said he was being disturbed by the neighbourhood mosque. He also saidfor the record that no temple or gurudwara (for that matter) should disturb the normal life of citizens. But these clarifications are a bit inconvenient for those looking to boost their own adrenaline and in general, decibel levels.
Each committed parent reminds young kids to brush their teeth
As readers know, no Indian mosque (almost) leaves religious prayers to the discretion of the faithful. It is an almost accepted fact that almost every Mullah in India worth the fiefdom that he commands, thinks he needs to remind the faithful to pray. Not once in a while, but five times a day, 365 days in a year. Now and then some complain about the nuisance this causes. But by and large the ‘secular’ majority gets together to ensure that these objections are not taken seriously.
But what about Ganapati Puja/ Diwali and associated ‘cacophony’
There are many Indians (even among conservative Muslims) and foreign tourists who enjoy the traditional Hindu festivals and feel these ancient/ quasi-ancient customs make India one of the most colourful countries globally. There are also educated, modern, and ‘secular’ Hindus who may think that these noisy festivals are best done away with. They may even be embarrassed and apologetic about the state of the chaotic roads. Especially if they happened to be around foreigners. It is ironic perhaps that their knowledge and appreciation of Brazil’s Rio Festival or Spain’s La Tomatina Celebrations make their friends and neighbours wish they were elsewhere.
We need to be practical. Live and let live seems a sound policy
If there has been a temple or mosque or church in a particular place in the country and we have built our residences around it, it would be a bit difficult to expect the said temple or mosque to cut down on its traditional activities just because we have moved into the neighbourhood.
However, if there is a pre-dominantly residential locality, maybe the religious leaders need to be considerate. A few days in a year for special occasions is fine. But five times a day 365 days a year can be too much. Imagine a coffee drinker being forced to drink tea five times a day for the rest of his or her life just because the spouse or friend or neighbour would not change. The first few times, for marriage or friendship’s sake, one may just grin and gulp it. But can get unnerving over the long run.
Attached Video: Pakistani Journalist Mr Hassan Nisar’s Views on how Muslims fare in India