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India: VHP Seeks Statewide Ban On Mosque Loudspeakers

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The ill intent behind this proposed legislature by the fanatical Hindutva organization VHP is evident. Instead of resolving possible issues at a community level they resort to provocation and confrontation. (h/t: U. Budye)

The Hindu

Weeks after the Devendra Fadnavis government took steps to ban cow slaughter in the State, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has stepped up its demand for the ban of loudspeakers in mosques across Maharashtra.

The outfit claims that the sound of azaan (Muslim call of prayer) is a major cause of noise pollution and will request the State government to implement laws curbing the use of loudspeakers in mosques.

“The year-long noise pollution caused by mosques is overlooked. But people are going to court to ban the use of loudspeakers during Hindu festivals like Ganapati and Navratri which have a limited duration,” said Vyankatesh Apdeo, VHP central committee member, on Tuesday.

It has demanded that the management of the four major temples —Siddhi Vinayak Temple (Mumbai), Sai Baba tempe (Shirdi), Vitthal Mandir (Pandharpur) and the Tulja Bhavani Mandir—should be handed over to Hindu trusts. Currently, the four temples are directly governed by the State.

“The money earned through donations to these temples should be used only for the welfare of Hindu society,” Mr. Apdeo said.

The VHP also has plans to organise campaigns against television shows and beauty contests to protest against “vulgarity” and what they feel is the “denigration” of women.

The VHP’s demands are going to be put forth on August 14, when then organisation will hold a Virat Hindu Sammelan in Mumbai to commemorate fifty years of its existence

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  • 1DrM

    Another western extremist idiot chimes in his stupidity…”modern world” indeed..

  • 1DrM

    Wrong, disingenuous Hindu extremist. Perhaps we should stop using cars as well then? I don’t anything see any mention of loud speakers in your scriptures so Hindus ought to stop spreading noise pollution blasting bhajans right? I don’t see Muslims complaining so what’s your damn problem? Lack of confidence? Muslims are not forbidden from using technology and innovation. Muslims will continue to use loud speakers to make the call to prayer, and your communal attempts and provocations will bear no fruit.

  • Trimmercastle42

    To be fair, its hard for anyone to catch sarcasm on the internet.

  • Trimmercastle42

    The issue is:

    1- Many muslims can’t afford the latest high tech phone, some rely on the loudspeakers to know when to pray, also some phone athan applications are inaccurate with the timing.

    2-As I said, some people, especially in poorer or low income areas rely heavly on loudspeakers for their day to day lives.

    I can see the arguments both for and against loudspeakers; as Garibaldi said, their could be a debate if the complaints were sincere, but sadly most of the time, people oppose loudspeakers because of anti-muslim hysteria and paranoia.

  • downwithpants

    Just going to toss this out there. 1. With modern tech couldn’t they get an update on their phone?
    2. The muslims I know don’t need a prayer speaker to know it’s time to pray.
    “Have you prayed yet?” Is a common question.

  • Trimmercastle42

    The reason for the use of load speakers is to attract as many people as possible to the mosque, ofcourse nowadays cities are huge, so a single person without voice amplification will not be able to get the call around.

    And no, loudspeakers weren’t invented back in the 7th century, it only came into existence in the 20th century, how the heck do you expect a person how lived in 7th century Arabia to, not only predict the arrival of voice amplification technology, but to also convince his followers of said technology?

  • Trimmercastle42
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