Netizens are divided with some claiming that the group deliberately chanted Hanuman Chalisa loudly to disturb the man’s prayers. Others have opined that the group appeared to be towards the end of Hanuman Chalisa, implying that the man must have begun his prayers mid-way into the religious hymn
NEW DELHI — A video which went viral on Monday shows a group of young Hindus occupying the lower berths of a train chanting Hanuman Chalisa even as an elderly Muslim man offers namaz on the upper berth. It is unclear when the video was shot or where the train was en route.
The short clip of the incident has divided netizens with some claiming that the group deliberately chanted Hanuman Chalisa loudly to disturb the man’s prayers. Others have opined that the group appeared to be towards the end of Hanuman Chalisa, implying that the man must have begun his prayers mid-way into the religious hymn.
Mohammed Zubair, fact-checker and co-founder of AltNews tweeted: “Insecure but ‘educated’ guys reading Hanuman Chalisa from their mobiles while the elderly Muslim man was silently offering Namaz at his seat.”
Saba Khan, active social media user, commented that some people are reminded of their religion only when others are offering namaz. “Welcome to New India jahan per kuch logo ko apna dharm sirf kissi ko namaz padhta dekh yaad aata hai!!!” he tweeted.
Aolukh, a research scholar, commented: “This is d state of modern youth in New India. In response to an elderly Muslim man who was quietly offering Namaz on his train seat,a group of young Hindus started chanting Hanuman Chalisa at the top of their lungs while reading the words off their phones.”
Contrary to the polarising views, a certain section of netizens said the video showed the secular fabric of the country.
“A video got viral some boys chanting Hanuman Chalisa loudly in train and also a Muslim guy doing namaz. Many people not happy from this incident but this is ‘SECULARISM’ it is also possible that Muslim guy doing namaz after the boy’s group started chanting,” tweeted Adityav Poddar.
The video surfaced after clashes were reported in outer Delhi during Muharram procession on Saturday. Police lathi-charged several participants of the procession after they tried to veer from the planned route and threw stones at them.
The Muharram parade included around 2,000 people, with sufficient police stationed in the area, DCP (Outer) Harendra Singh said at the time. The police said they will take action against the perpetrators.