Singer Sonu Nigam, who found himself in the eye of a Twitter storm last month for his comments on azaan, the Islamic call to prayer, announced his intention to quit the microblogging site today in a series of 24 tweets.
“I bid adieu to Twitter and my close to 7 Million followers today, leaving most Disappointed and angry at me, and some Sadists Happy,” he tweeted at 10:13 am today, the first of a volley of tweets that lasted over half an hour.
The singer, who had expressed his annoyance over being woken up by azaan every morning, accused the microblogging site of conducting a “one sided sham” after its decision to suspend singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s account following his “offensive” tweets, especially against women.
Nigam also warned his followers and the media to take screenshots of his tweets as he intended to delete his account soon.
Defending Abhijeet’s comments on JNU student-activist Shehla Rashid, Nigam said, “One could disagree wth Abhijeetda’s language but isn’t Shehla’s accusation that BJP has a sex racket, provocation enough to supporters?”
The singer also supported BJP MP-actor Paresh Rawal, who kicked up a row with his remark that author Arundhati Roy should be tied to an Army jeep instead of a stone pelter, a reference to an incident in Kashmir where an officer used a protester as a “human shield”.
Nigam, who saw the fallout of his azaan tweets rage on for days, which even became a political issue, tweeted, “People blessing you on one hand; and some wishing Death upon you.”
Dwelling at length on what he said exposes the hypocrisy of Indian society, he said people had stopped being humans.
He appealed for people to have sensible discussions. Twitter was a “game changer”, he said, but had been reduced to “Porn shown in Theatres.”
Obviously hurt over being called anti-Muslim after his azaan comments, Nigam said he had no religion and followed a religion of his own choosing.
On a lighter note, Nigam also told his followers who were planning to get married to scan their to-be-partners profiles on Twitter to get a handle on their psyche.
“People getting married? You can actually know the entire Psychology & Class of a Partner by just going through his Twitter Time line,” Nigam said, before signing off. Here are the tweets: