MUMBAI: Indian model, actress and filmmaker Pooja Bhatt recently tweeted in favour of Azaan, after singer Sonu Nigam spoke out against it on Twitter.
Sonu Nigam’s tweet in which he referred to Azaan as ‘forced religiousness’ was slammed by some yet praised by others. However, Pooja Bhatt took to Twitter to claim that she often awoke to the sound of Azaan as well as church bells and found it pleasing.
I wake each morning to the sound of church bells & the Azaan in a quiet by-lane of Bandra.I light an aggarbatti & salute the spirit of India
â€” Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) April 18, 2017
As per the Bollywood actress, church bells and Azaan are the ‘spirit of India’. It is an apt response to Sonu Nigam, who is being criticised by almost all for speaking out against the Muslim call to prayer.
The Azaan is revered by Muslims across the world as it is a call to prayer and a symbol of Muslim presence.
Story first published: 18th April 2017