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For Azaan, veteran vocalist Anuradha Paudwal has requested a ban on loudspeakers. The artist, who has sung thousands of popular songs, believes that such practices are unnecessary in India.

“I’ve travelled to many different parts of the world,” Anuradha continued. I’ve never seen anything like it outside of India. I am not opposed to religion in general, but it is being forced upon us in our country. Azaan is being played over the mosque’s loudspeakers.

Other groups wonder why if they can use loudspeakers, why can’t others? “I’ve visited Middle Eastern countries,” the musician said. Loudspeakers aren’t allowed. “What is the necessity for such activities in India when Muslim countries discourage them?” If the practice continues, people will start playing Hanuman Chalisa over loudspeakers, according to Paudwal. “It will produce strife, which is not a good thing.”

In the same interview, the artist discussed the need to instil in young people an appreciation for Indian culture.

She stated that the older generation must teach children about the country’s culture. This is why we need to understand our religion and culture. There are four Vedas, 18 Puranas, and four Mathas that we should be aware of. “These are the fundamentals,” she explained. This isn’t the first time a celebrity has advocated for a loudspeaker ban.

Sonu Nigam, who just earned the Padma Shri award, raised his voice against Azaan on loudspeakers in 2017. In a now-deleted tweet, he had expressed his disgust with hearing Azaan on the loudspeaker every morning. Following his inflammatory remark, the musician received a lot of backlashes. The courts have ordered the government to remove loudspeakers from houses of worship on multiple occasions, but no action has been taken. Mumbai police recently detained an MNS leader for playing Hanuman Chalisa over a loudspeaker without permission. He claimed that the Mumbai police took away the speaker after his arrest. However, I’d like to state that “Jai Shree Ram” will be played over loudspeakers shortly,” he added.

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