After the murder of Sidhu Musewala, his song ‘SYL’ was released on 23 June, but since 26 June it is not visible on YouTube in India. Upon opening the link, YouTube states that it is not available in the country due to a legal complaint from the government. The song centers around the Sutlej-Yamuna link canal dispute, as well as various issues in Punjab like the 1984 riots, Sikh prisoners, farmers’ agitation.
Jalandhar: Late Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala’s song ‘SYL’ is no longer available on YouTube in India. This song was released after his murder.
This song was written by Moosewala and he himself gave its music. It was released by producer MXRCI on Friday. The name of the song is about the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, which has been the subject of dispute between Punjab and Haryana for several decades.
In India, YouTube removed this song from its platform on Sunday. On opening the song, this message is coming from YouTube, ‘Video is unavailable. This material is not available in this country due to a legal complaint from the government.
After its release on YouTube, ‘SYL’ had garnered 27 million views while 33 lakh people ‘liked’ it.
Let us inform that singer Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, popularly known as Sidhu Musewala, was shot dead on May 29 last month in Mansa district of Punjab.
The video of the song was blocked in India just after the Sangrur bypoll results were announced. In Sangrur, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann has won by defeating Aam Aadmi Party’s candidate Gurmail Singh.
The central government’s assessment of the song is that it has the potential to influence the politics of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, where assembly elections are due.
Shortly after the song became unavailable, the official Twitter handle of Shiromani Akali Dal protested against the move.
Sidhu Moosewala’s song #SYL captures Punjabis’ sentiments on Riparian principle on river waters and on Bandi Singhs. Any move to ban it on any pretext would be ill advised and against the Pbis’ democratic rights & freedom of expression. Shiromani Akali Dal opposes any such move. pic.twitter.com/YfnOlffm7v
— Shiromani Akali Dal (@Akali_Dal_) June 26, 2022
The video, released in black and white and featuring old photographs of the performance, has again drawn attention to the river’s water sharing plan and the serious issue of desertification in Punjab.
Moosewala, with his unique bold style and catchy lyricism, questions Punjab’s long-standing historical and political issues, including the SYL canal controversy, the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Sikh terrorism, and the completion of his sentence. Despite this, the issues of Sikh prisoner and Sikh activist Balwinder Singh Jatana are included in the jails. The name of Jattana has become synonymous with stopping the construction of SYL canal on 23 July 1990.
Later four members of Jattana’s family – Dwarki Kaur (80), Simranjit Singh (5), Jasmer Kaur and Manpreet Kaur – were killed and burnt alive in their own house. The incident took place after the attack on Sumedh Singh Saini, the then Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Chandigarh and former Director General of Police (DGP) of Punjab.
Jattana was killed in a police encounter on 4 December 1991.
Significantly, the 214 km long SYL canal project was started by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on April 8, 1982 in Kapuri village of Patiala district. Its purpose was to share the water of Sutlej river of Punjab with Haryana.
However, over the years SYL has become a political and legal issue between Punjab, Haryana and the central government.
The song begins with the statement of Aam Aadmi Party’s Rajya Sabha MP from Haryana Sushil Gupta, who had said after the formation of the AAP government in Punjab, ‘By 2025, SYL water will reach every farm in Haryana. This is not our promise, but a guarantee.
Raising the demand for ‘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 community. Give us Chandigarh, Himachal and Haryana. Forget about (river) water, we will not give you a single drop, until you give us sovereignty.)
After this, in the song Moosewala, demanding the sovereignty of Punjab, says ‘Sanu Sada Pichokar Te Lana De Deyo, Chandigarh, Himachal Te Haryana De Dayo, Jinna Chir Sanu Sovereignty The Rah Na Dinde, Ona Chir Pani Chaddo, Tupka Nahi Dinde.’ (Give us back our past, give us Chandigarh, Himachal, Haryana, forget river water, won’t give us a drop of water till we get sovereignty.)
In the following words, he has said that ‘Kalam ni rukani hun nit nawa song aaya, je na tale fer mudh balwinder jattana aaya, fer putt begane nehra cha dekhon la hi dinde, ona chir pani chaddo, tupka nahi dinde. (The pen won’t stop and every day a new song will come, if you don’t take a step back, someone like Balwinder Jattana will come back)
Musewala also mentioned about the release of Sikh prisoners, including the names of Jagtar Singh Hawara, Devinder Pal Bhullar, Gurdeep Singh Khaira, Lakhwinder Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Shamsher Singh, Jagtar Singh Tara and Balwant Singh Rajoana and their photographs. included in the music video.
In addition to the song’s lyrics, some important English subtitles are also shown on the map of United Punjab, such as: ‘To prevent our waters from being plundered, we have to completely replace Section 5 of the 1966 Reorganization Act and the 2004 Termination of Agreements Act’. Will have to end’, as well as there is talk on 1984 riots and water scarcity in Punjab.
Further, the song contains scenes from the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march when the historic farmers’ movement began and the ‘Nishan Sahib’ (Sikh flag) was raised at Delhi’s Red Fort on 26 January 2021. The video also contains the statement of Deep Sidhu, who died in a car accident a few days before the Punjab Assembly elections.
The video ends with Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik’s statement during the farmers’ agitation, in which he recommended that the central government should not test the patience of the Sikh community as they remember the injustice meted out to them and many years later. He is also known to take his revenge.
Moosewala’s song ends with three important messages to the people of Punjab, ‘You all are the last hope to save the water of Punjab’s river to stop the desertification of Punjab’, ‘Save Punjab’s water’ and ‘Sikh prisoners are released’. Do.’
Experts’ opinion on ‘SYL’ song and Punjab issues
Writer and senior journalist Jagtar Singh the wire Said, ‘Sidhu Musewala has brought back the focus on the issues of Punjab. Terrorism was born around these issues. The issue of Punjab’s river waters was very important to the militants, especially to those associated with Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) and Babbar Khalsa.
Jagtar Singh was working with The Indian Express during the agitation against SYL. Jagtar told that by the time of the killing of two engineers by Balwinder Singh Jatana and his two associates, about 90 per cent of the canal work was completed, their attack halted the construction work and the remaining 10 per cent is incomplete till date.
On the overwhelming support for Moosewala’s song, Jagtar Singh says, “It will definitely shake the equations of Punjab.”
“It may not have much political impact as both Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal were equally guilty in the formation of SYL, but it can unite the youth,” he said.
“Musewala touched upon all the major issues which were not discussed for a long time,” he said.
Farmer leader Darshan Pal said that the unresolved issues of Punjab were present even before, but the song of Moosewala has brought them all back into the limelight.
(with input from news agency language)
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