Pak­istani trolls tell Adnan Sami to now be­come a ‘swami’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Singer Adnan Sami (above) has not stopped tak­ing the heat from Pak­istani Twit­terati ever since he be­came an In­dian cit­i­zen on De­cem­ber 1, 2015.

Speak­ing to us over the phone from Ger­many, Adnan re­veals that he is still “bul­lied” by the so­cial me­dia users from Pak­istan. “There’s a fa­mous say­ing, ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’. I want to change it to ‘Hell hath no fury like a na­tion scorned,’” he says laugh­ing. The 43-year-old singer was born to Pak­istani par­ents in Eng­land and schooled there, and it has been years since he moved to In­dia to take his singing ca­reer for­ward, but Pak­istan so­cial me­dia users still have a grudge against his In­dian pass­port.

“I get sar­cas­tic com­ments from them say­ing that ‘if you have be­come an In­dian, then change your re­li­gion, and be­come a swami or some­thing like that’. If we go by their logic, then all Pak­ista­nis who live in Amer­ica should be­come Chris­tians,” says Adnan. “Who are they to tell me that I should change my re­li­gion? The biggest irony is that there are more Mus­lims in In­dia than in Pak­istan. Pak­istan is not the torch-bearer of Is­lam.”

“I can un­der­stand,” he adds, “when peo­ple say that they’re not a big fan of my mu­sic. That’s an in­di­vid­ual opin­ion. But you don’t have the right to com­ment on my choice of cit­i­zen­ship, my skin colour, or my re­li­gion.”

Ev­ery time he ex­presses his sup­port for In­dia on any is­sue, Adnan gets “brow­beaten and abused by the na­tives from the neigh­bour­ing coun­try”. This is a ref­er­ence to the Snapchat in­ci­dent: the singer was trolled by Pak­istani users for his tweet against the Snapchat CEO, who had al­legedly said that In­dia was too poor for him to con­sider it a mar­ket. The anger was not be­cause of his tweet be­ing against the CEO, but be­cause he counted him­self among the 1.2 bil­lion peo­ple of In­dia.

On the per­sonal front, Adnan and his wife Roya had a baby girl, named Me­d­ina, on May 12, and this ex­pe­ri­ence opened up a new as­pect of life for him. He says, “It has been only a few days since she was born, and ever since then, even if I go away from her for a minute, I start miss­ing her.”

If we go by their logic, then all Pak­ista­nis who live in Amer­ica should be­come Chris­tians ADNAN SAMI, SINGER

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