Mumbai: Singer sonu Nigam shaves his hair after being challenged by a Maulvi. Singer Sonu Nigam shaved his head on Wednesday afternoon in Mumbai, as promised in a tweet.
Addressing the press earlier, Mr Nigam said, “Shaving hair is no challenge or negativity, it’s a symbolic move – asking, what you are making this country? What are these fatwas?” The 43-year-old singer was referring to a Muslim clerics offering of a reward of Rs 10 lakhs for anyone who would shave Mr Nigam’s head and garland him with old shoes. Mr Nigam tweeted this morning that he would have his head shaved himself, adding “keep the 10 lakhs ready.
” The barber who did the honours was Muslim, name of Aalim. Speaking to the press, he said “You have to fight the fanatics; you can’t just hide and comment from Twitter.” Sonu Nigam has been the focal point of a raging debate after he tweeted on Monday about being woken by the early morning azaan and called it ‘gundagardi.’
“I consider myself secular, neither am I right wing or left wing and there are very few people like me, I am actually the minority community,” Mr Nigam said, after his tweets objecting to the use of loudspeakers in the early morning call to prayer kicked up a storm of protests. “It is a social topic, not a religious one,” Sonu Nigam said, appealing to the media and everyone else not to misinterpret what he said. “Azaan and aarti are important, loudspeakers are not,” he said.
Of his use of the term “gundagardi” in one his tweets, Mr Nigam said that religious processions in which people dance on roads and push others out of the way is also “gundagardi.”
“We live in the same country, your children will grow up here,” Sonu Nigam added, calling for greater tolerance. “I don’t want to be misunderstood,” he said, explaining why he was addressing the press.