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Bollywood playback Sonu Nigam on Monday triggered controversy by raising question on the use of loudspeakers for ‘Azaan’. Terming it a forced religiousness, Sonu wrote,”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.” “And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don’t follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True? Gundagardi hai bus (This is only hooliganism),” the Bollywood singer further tweeted. Follow Sonu Nigam ✔ @sonunigam 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 5:25 AM - 17 Apr 2017 22,507 22,507 Retweets 46,918 46,918 likes Follow Sonu Nigam ✔ @sonunigam And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? 5:31 AM - 17 Apr 2017 13,501 13,501 Retweets 31,687 31,687 likes Follow Sonu Nigam ✔ @sonunigam I don't believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don't follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True? 5:36 AM - 17 Apr 2017 11,186 11,186 Retweets 28,814 28,814 likes Follow Sonu Nigam ✔ @sonunigam Gundagardi hai bus... 5:49 AM - 17 Apr 2017 6,567 6,567 Retweets 20,187 20,187 likes Sonu Nigam’s tweet did not go down well with netizens and they started bashing him for raking up a religious issue. One of his followers wrote,“I am a fan of urs but this was definitely a bullshit statement. U gotta respect other religions beliefs. It’s a democratic country.” 17 Apr Sonu Nigam ✔ @sonunigam 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 Follow Madhur Chandna @macchandna @sonunigam I am a fan of urs but this was definitely a bullshit statement. U gotta respect other religions beliefs. It's a democratic country. 5:52 AM - 17 Apr 2017 445 445 Retweets 2,980 2,980 likes 17 Apr Sonu Nigam ✔ @sonunigam 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 Follow =) @smiles61446 @sonunigam Learn to accept & respect our religious differences. Living in a multi-religious society demands some tolerance. 6:09 AM - 17 Apr 2017 47 47 Retweets 253 253 likes 17 Apr Sonu Nigam ✔ @sonunigam 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 Follow Nazish Zeb @shahanzeb @sonunigam Who forced u , kan Mai roi ghussa Ker Soye rahe . What rubbish 5:44 AM - 17 Apr 2017 82 82 Retweets 1,020 1,020 likes 17 Apr Sonu Nigam ✔ @sonunigam 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 Follow Anamika @AnaMyID @sonunigam "forced religiousness" So you were compelled to offer namaaz out of your deep respect for all faiths? Good for you! https://twitter.com/sonunigam/status/853758848133242880 … 8:44 AM - 17 Apr 2017 75 75 Retweets 270 270 likes On the other hand, many of his fans supported him over his controversial remarks calling it a valid comment as a citizen of the country. 17 Apr Saniya Pathan @saaniisweet @intellisurfer @sonunigam It is a call to prayer. And he has made so many comments after this tweet. Are those right? Follow #Strategicculture @devigoes4alpha @saaniisweet @intellisurfer @sonunigam He has made valid comments as a citizen and his freedom of speech is inviolable. Use an alarm clock on ur iPhone to get up at 5am on Sunday. 6:37 AM - 17 Apr 2017 13 13 Retweets 102 102 likes One of his fans named Ratnesh Mishra even termed ‘Azaan’ at 5 AM, a torture till he shifted to the United States of America. “I faced this for 10 years till I came 2 USA. Its a torture that everyone is facing in India. U will raise voice they will release,” Mishra tweeted. Another follower appreciated his comment and said, “Thanks Sonu for taking brave & bold stance. I respect all faiths but this over projection must stop. Keep religion with your walls. Peace.” 17 Apr Sonu Nigam ✔ @sonunigam 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 Follow Ratnesh Mishra @iRatneshMishra @sonunigam I faced this for 10 years till I came 2 USA. Its a torture that everyone is facing in India. U will raise voice they will release #Fatwa 7:00 AM - 17 Apr 2017 12 12 Retweets 66 66 likes 17 Apr Sonu Nigam ✔ @sonunigam 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 Follow Saurabh सौरभ‌ @KavitaShavita @sonunigam Thanks Sonu for taking brave & bold stance 👍 I respect all faiths but this over projection must stop. Keep religion with your walls. Peace 🐦 6:18 AM - 17 Apr 2017 30 30 Retweets 155 155 likes However, this is not the first time any Bollywood celebrity has triggered controversy with his tweet. Earlier popular playback singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya faced backlash after his post on Salman Khan’s hit and run case verdict. Supporting the Bollywood actor, Abhijeet had tweeted that roads are meant for cars and dogs and not for people to sleep on.


 Vijay Mallya has spent a lifetime building a reputation as India’s professed King of Good Times, a flamboyant tycoon with investments in alcohol, an airline and an auto racing team. But his freewheeling, free-spending ways ended last year when he fled India under an avalanche of unpaid bills and accusations of fraud.
Mr. Mallya capped a stunning fall from grace on Tuesday, when the British police arrested him as part of proceedings that could lead to his extradition to India.
Mr. Mallya came to symbolize many of the heights, and excesses, of Indian business in the decades of economic growth that followed the country’s deregulation in the early 1990s. But he eventually became a target of the authorities, partly because his public displays of wealth came even as his company fell behind on salary payments to staff.
Often likened to the British entrepreneur Richard Branson, Mr. Mallya, 61, turned what had been a family brewing business into a sprawling conglomerate. He now owns the United Breweries Group, which makes Kingfisher beer and distributes a wide variety of products, including alcohol, chemicals and fertilizer. He also has a stake in India’s only Formula One car racing team, Force India.
He was a frequent presence on the party scene, drawing attention in particular for a birthday party a decade ago that featured Lionel Richie as the headline act. Attendees at Mr. Mallya’s 60th birthday party, held at his villa in the coastal Indian state of Goa, included the singer Enrique Iglesias, Bollywood stars and top Indian businessmen.
“I work hard, and I play hard, too,” Mr. Mallya once said.
But his outsize ambitions proved to be his downfall.
In 2003, Mr. Mallya established an airline, with plans to expand internationally and shift from an all-economy-class model to add a luxurious business class. He made a splash at the Paris Air Show in 2007 with a $7 billion order for 50 Airbus planes.
The airline promised meals even on short-haul flights, and curbside valets. Its flight attendants wore the bright red uniforms used by staff members on Mr. Branson’s Virgin Atlantic.
But Kingfisher Airlines struggled in a competitive domestic market. Over time, it was left with a ragtag collection of aging and inefficient planes. By 2012, after persuading lenders to restructure its debt, it ceased operations in the face of high fuel prices and a global slowdown.
The airline owed more than $1 billion in loans, as well as other bills, including back pay to former employees. Because Mr. Mallya himself, and the United Breweries Group, had backed some of the loans, creditors chased them for repayment.
As the dispute went through the courts, banks tried to seize Mr. Mallya’s assets. Indian authorities raided his homes and offices in Mumbai, Bangalore and Goa in 2015.
He left for Britain in March 2016, but India canceled his passport the next month, after a court in Mumbai issued a warrant for his arrest. India sent Britain an official request for Mr. Mallya’s extradition on Feb. 8.
On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police in London said its extradition unit had arrested Mr. Mallya “on behalf of the Indian authorities in relation to accusations of fraud.”
Mr. Mallya appeared at a London court and was then released on bail, according to Dinesh K. Patnaik, India’s deputy high commissioner in London. Mr. Mallya is scheduled to appear for another hearing next month.
“The willingness of the U.K. government in bringing him to justice is something we are appreciative of,” Mr. Patnaik said.
According to the British Home Office, arrest warrants are issued in response to extradition requests only if such requests are certified by officials and then sent to a court for the warrant to be issued.
If the judge in Mr. Mallya’s extradition hearing approves the request for him to be sent back to India, then it is sent to Britain’s home secretary for final approval.
Mr. Mallya dismissed the news as “media hype,” but he confirmed on Twitter that an extradition hearing began on Tuesday.
He has previously disputed accusations that he fled India to avoid bad debts, saying on Twitter that he travels “to and from India frequently.”
“I did not flee from India and neither am I an absconder,” he added. “Rubbish.”
Santosh Kumar Gangwar, an Indian finance minister, told reporters that the country’s authorities were “ascertaining the facts” about Mr. Mallya and “trying to find out how to bring him back to our country and start legal proceedings against him.”
“We will not spare him legally,” Mr. Gangwar said.

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