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Kadri temple loudspeaker row: Netizens stand in support of temple

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Mangaluru: After the Azan row stirred a debate at the national level, a similar issue revolving around usage of loud speaker in Kadri Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple has stirred the hornet’s nest in coastal city of Mangaluru.

A local resident took exception to the usage of loud speaker at the temple. The Hindutva outfits were raged by the same and the issue which could have turned into a crisis simmered down with the complainant withdrawing his complaint.

However, large number of netizens, specifically Mangaloreans have discussed the same and resorted to social networking sites to express their views and majority have come in support of allowing the loud speakers to be part of the temple.

“Why should only a particular religion be asked to compromise always, ” said a netizens while another said that if this is the case then the trains, vehicles on highways and even flights must be stopped from plying because they cause inconvenience to people living close by.

A Facebook user, responding to the Kadri row asked the complainant to build his house near a church or mosque instead!

The usage of loudspeaker in religious centres, specifically the mosques for Azan came up when renowned singer Sonu Nigam made a statement that his sleep was being disturbed due to the loud prayers. Though the singer grabbed support and insults in equal measure, the row died down gradually after several episodes of daredevil challenges and dramas.

The Delhi High Court recently issued notice to the Union of India on a public interest litigation for removal of loudspeakers from all religious structures on the ground that their use is an encroachment on a person’s “right to be left alone.

The National Green Tribunal in one of its the judgment also termed that noise pollution can produce a psychological stress. But, everytime the issue is raked it takes religious colours even as many claim that using loudspeakers in religious centers is not intrinsic to any religion.

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