Anuradha Paudwal has recently joined the group of celebrities who have raised their voice against the practice of playing Azaan over loudspeakers. According to him, it should be banned in India, as it is in other countries.

The famous singer said in an interview with Zee News that she has been all over the world and has never seen anything like it except in India. Paudwal also clarified that he is not anti-religion. However, he claims that it is being forcibly promoted. She further said that other communities may wonder why they are not able to do so.

Anuradha said, “I have visited many places in the world. I have never seen anything like this except in India. I am not against any religion, but it is being forcibly promoted here. They play the azaan on the loudspeaker from the mosque. Other communities question that if they can use loudspeakers then why can’t others do it.”

She said, “I have traveled to Middle Eastern countries. Loudspeakers are banned. What is the need of such practices in India when Muslim countries are discouraging it? Paudwal said that if this practice continues, people will start playing Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers. “It will create animosity, which is not good.”

In the same interview, the artist discussed the importance of teaching the next generation about Indian culture. He said that it is the responsibility of the older generation to educate the children about the culture of the country.

This is not the first time that a celebrity has spoken of banning loudspeakers. Sonu Nigam, who recently earned the Padma Shri award, raised his voice against Azaan over loudspeakers in 2017.

He had expressed his displeasure in a now-deleted tweet after hearing the azaan on loudspeakers every morning. After his inflammatory remarks, the musician received a lot of backlash.