Saif calls Sonu tweets ‘ag­gres­sive’, gets much flak on­line

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The azaan con­tro­versy be­gun by Sonu Nigam’s tweets just won’t go away. Now ac­tor Saif Ali Khan (right) is fac­ing brick­bats on­line for telling the me­dia that Sonu’s tweet was “ag­gres­sive”. How­ever, Saif has also said that “am­pli­fi­ca­tion of sound comes from in­se­cu­rity”.

Sonu had started an on­line war last week by post­ing against the early morn­ing call for prayer sent out from mosques on loud­speak­ers. He also called it “forced re­li­gious­ness”.

In an in­ter­view with The In­dian Ex­press, Saif has said, “It’s fine to ex­press your views on the deci­bel lev­els. I think that tweet was a bit ag­gres­sive though, ini­tially. And I do think re­li­gion should be a pri­vate af­fair and we should be a sec­u­lar coun­try.” Be­fore that, he said in the in­ter­view, “As a mi­nor­ity, you’d like to make your pres­ence felt and hope­fully ac­cepted. If some­one says that [a prac­tice] should be ex­tin­guished, it’ll make some peo­ple [a] lit­tle un­com­fort­able. As a pre­cur­sor to some sort of [a holo­caust... it’s the first thing you think of. There’s a bit of fear there.”

On­line com­ments have taken lit­tle note of his moder­ate tone. One poster named G Bhatt writes: “Saif Ali Khan who chose the bar­baric ‘Taimur’ name for his son out of in­se­cu­rity fears too? What a sham this id­iot.” Then Kusuman­jali Singh writes: “Saif do u hv guts t crit­i­cise stone­pel­ter?? Hv u ever con­demed the act of stone­pel­ter on our gr8 in­dian army? So u r con­dem­ing sonu’s tweet!”

Asked for a com­ment, Saif texted us: “I don’t like say­ing some­thing then prat­tling on about the same thing.

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