Following a complaint from the Indian government. YouTube has taken down a popular posthumous music video by murdered Sikh rapper Sidhu Moose Wala.
Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal
The song ‘SYL’ talks about the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, which has been at the centre of a long-running water dispute between Punjab and Haryana.
Posthumous release of the song on Thursday touches on sensitive topics such as the 1984 riots targeting the Sikh community in India and the army’s storming of an important Sikh temple in Amritsar.
Before it was taken down over the weekend, it had nearly 30 million views and 3.3 million likes on the singer’s YouTube page.
According to a message on the song’s link, “This content is not available on this country domain due to a legal complaint from the government.”
In other countries, the song is still available.
It was only after “a thorough review” that the song was taken down from YouTube, a spokesperson said in an email to AFP.
Inquiries were not immediately answered by the government.
According to local media reports. The family of Moose Wala has called the removal of the song “unjust” and requested that the government take back the complaint.
“In order to remove Sidhu from the hearts of the people, they can ban this song. We’ll consult with attorneys about our legal options “The Hindustan Times newspaper quoted uncle Chamkaur Singh as saying this.
The northwestern state of Punjab
In the northwestern state of Punjab, a man named Moose Wala, also known by his birth name Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, assassinated in his car last month.
Punjabi musicians in India and abroad, particularly in Canada and the United Kingdom, hailed the 28-year-old as a rising star.
As a result, fans from all over the world expressed their shock and grief over his passing.
Murder of Moose Wala
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For the first time in his life, Moose Wala had the opportunity to show the world. That his community’s pride, justice, and gunned-down enemies were all his own.
Promoting gun culture
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A drug-trafficking route into India
A major drug-trafficking route into India from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Punjab is a hotbed of organized crime.
Many people believe that an increase in gang-related violence. And the use of illegal arms in the state is directly related to the narcotics trade. Which primarily involves the trafficking of heroin and opium.