Following the murder of late Punjabi singer Sidhu Mosewala, his latest song SYL, released posthumously after his murder, on Sunday citing a “government legal complaint”
Sidhu Moosewala’s song, SYL, has been removed from YouTube. SLY – The song released by producer MXRCI on June 23 after the death of the singer, was removed today, June 26, 2022. Before being removed from YouTube India, the song had garnered over 27 million views on YouTube along with 3.3 million likes.
The message on the singer’s YouTube page said: ‘This content is not available on this country domain due to a legal complaint from the government.’
In the song, there was a constant dispute between Punjab and Haryana over the water of the SYL (Sutlej-Yamuna Link) canal and the issue of captive Sikhs. Not only this, but the farmers’ movement and the incident at Red Fort have also been mentioned in this song.
In his song, Moose Wala allegedly demands the release of Sikh prisoners languishing in jails, which many believe is a reference to people arrested during the agrarian upheaval against the three controversial Central Farm Bills now scrapped. The singer is also said to have made a reference to the Nishan Sahib (the Sikh triangular flag) which was raised last year by farmers protesting at the historic Red Fort.
Stating the claim of “sovereignty”, Moosewala begins by saying, “Sanu sada pichokad te lana de dayo, Chandigarh, Himachal te Haryana de dayo, Jinna chir sanu sovereignty da raah nai dinde, ona chir pani chaddo, tupka nai dinde.” (Give us back our past and our community. Give us Chandigarh, Himachal and Haryana. Forget about (river) water, we won’t give you a single drop, until you give us sovereignty).
Then he says, “Kalam nai rukni, hun nit nava ek gana ayu, je na tale pher mur Balwinder Jattana ayu, pher putt begine nehra ch dekan la hi dinde, ona chir pani chaddo, tupka nai dinde.” (My pen will not stop and every day a new song will come out. If you don’t go back, someone like Balwinder Jattana will return. Bold sons plant trees in the canals.)
The song featured controversial figures such as Balwinder Singh Jatana, a member of the pro-Khalistan group Babbar Khalsa, who was allegedly involved in the murder of two officials at the Chandigarh SYL office in July 1990.
Images for the song also featured Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Balwant Singh Rajoana, and Jagtar Singh Hawara, and ended with hashtags of #savepunjabwaters and #releasesikhprisoners.
The song SLY refers to the Sutlej Yamuna Link, which is a 214-kilometre-long canal that is still under construction to provide a shared water solution to the two states of Punjab and Haryana. The Union government’s assessment is that the song has the potential to affect politics in Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, where assembly elections are looming.
Since its inception in the 1980s, the project has been a bone of contention between the two states and a sticking point for politicians.
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