Indian singer Sonu Nigam stirred a controversy after his ‘disrespectful bluntness’ in sharing his views on the Muslims’ prayer call.
The singer, who wrote a series of tweets complaining about ‘forced religiousness’ and religious ‘gundagardi’ after being woken up by morning Azaan blaring from loudspeakers, has landed himself in a hot water.
A Kolkata-based cleric has announced the reward against Sonu on Tuesday. “If anyone can shave his hair, put a garland of old torn shoes around his neck and tour him around the country, I personally announce an award of Rs 10 lakh for that person,” Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi, vice president, West Bengal Minority United Council, was quoted as saying in a DNA report.
He has also announced a rally at the city’s Rani Rashmoni Avenue on April 21 against Sonu. Before his hilarious response, Sonu had mentioned the report and written, “So this is not religious Gundagardi..”
Nigam now challenged a cleric who announced a Rs 10 lakh reward to anyone who “can shave his (Sonu’s) hair, put a garland of old torn shoes around his neck and tour him around the country.”
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
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 16, 2017
Taking to Twitter, Sonu wrote, “Today at 2pm Aalim will come to my place, and shave my head. Keep your 10 lakhs ready Maulavi… And Press is welcome to participate at 2pm.”
The controversy started after Sonu took to Twitter on Monday to write, “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.”