Indian singer slammed online for saying Muslim Adhan is ‘forced religiousness’

Indian singer Sonu Nigam is being slammed on Twitter. (Photo courtesy: Facebook)
Updated 17 April 2017

Indian singer slammed online for saying Muslim Adhan is ‘forced religiousness’

DUBAI: Indian singer Sonu Nigam is being slammed on Twitter over his complaint that the Muslim call to prayer is “forced religiousness.”
On Monday morning, Nigam tweeted “God bless everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the [Adhan] in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India.”

In a separate tweet, he added that the call to prayer was “gundagardi,” which loosely translates to thuggish behavior or hooliganism.
The 43-year-old singer is being lambasted on social media, especially as his tweet comes at a time of rising tensions between Hindus and Muslims in the country following the rise of the far-right Bharatiya Janata Party to power.
“God bless Sonu Nigam. I’m not Sonu Nigam yet I wake every morning to a world where Sonu Nigam exists. when will Sonu Nigam stop Sonu Nigam,” one user posted.
“If only there was a way to rate Sonu Nigam 1 star on Google play store and then uninstall him, we could show him who’s boss,” another said.

One user even referenced the debate on whether beef should be consumed in the country due to the importance of cows in Hinduism.
“God bless everyone. I’m not a Hindu but I’m not allowed to eat beef. When will this forced religiousness end in India?”

Another user tweeted: “When will the state-sanctioned religious cleansing of Muslims by Hindu extremists in India end? Or the atrocities in Kashmir? Shame on you.”

However, some users supported Nigam’s stance.

The majority Hindu nation is home to a sizeable homegrown Muslim community which is the largest of the country’s religious minorities and accounts for roughly 14 percent of the population.
According to the Pew Research Center, India is set to be home to the world’s largest Muslim population by 2050.


Netflix, Apple cross swords in Indian streaming market

Updated 12 September 2019

Netflix, Apple cross swords in Indian streaming market

  • Netflix launched in India in 2016 and two of its Indian-made series have won critical acclaim — “Sacred Games” and “Leila”
  • US technology giant Apple on Wednesday announced the launch of its streaming platform Apple TV+ in India, hoping to upend competition

MUMBAI: Competition in India’s booming streaming market is heating up as Netflix joins forces with a director of Bollywood feel-good blockbusters and Apple launches its TV platform for 99 rupees ($1.39) a month.
Netflix announced late Wednesday a long-term partnership with Karan Johar’s Dharmatic Entertainment to make a range of new fiction and non-fiction series and films for the platform.
Johar has directed eight films including “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” with Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan, and “Raazi,” nominated for best picture at next week’s Indian International Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, dubbed the Bollywood Oscars.
“It’s going to be P.H.A.T — pretty hot and tempting,” said Johar, whose Dharma Entertainment is one of India’s biggest production firms and which already teamed up with Netflix for the successful “Lust Stories” anthology.
Netflix launched in India in 2016 and two of its Indian-made series have won critical acclaim — “Sacred Games” starring Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and “Leila” with Huma Qureishi.
But Netflix faces stiff competition in Asia’s third-largest economy as Amazon’s Prime Video, Disney’s Hotstar, Alt Balaji and other local platforms jostle for digital subscriptions and eyeballs.
US technology giant Apple on Wednesday announced the launch of its streaming platform Apple TV+ in India, hoping to upend competition.
Netflix is available in India from 199 rupees a month and as millions of first-time users access Internet in Asia’s third-largest economy, analysts expect competition to intensify.
India’s video-streaming industry is expected to grow at nearly 22 percent per annum to 119 billion rupees ($1.7 billion) by 2023 according to consultancy PwC, Bloomberg News reported.
Netflix chief Reed Hastings has said the company’s goal is 100 million customers in India — almost 25 times its estimated subscriber base there as of this year, Bloomberg said.