Shubhneet Singh aka Shubh rose to prominence after his single ‘Don’t Look’ with Irman Thiara, ‘We Rollin’ and ‘Offshore became massively popular. They established his name in the world of desi music. He had an entire tour planned out in India that was to start from September 23. However, his dreams of performing on Indian stages came crashing down as the tour was cancelled yesterday by the organisers.
This was triggered by his post on social media that he had shared which was calling out to people for praying for Punjab. However, what caught people’s attention was the map of India that was allegedly shared on the post, which didn’t have many Indian states including Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir. This was considered as his alleged support towards Khalistani groups. He is being accused by people on social media of being a sympathiser of Khalistani demanders. Therefore he is receiving massive backlash and that has itself let to the organisers of his India tour backing out at the last moment, eventually canning the tour altogether.
Not only did his fans start opposing this, but even celebs like Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and many others unfollowed Shubhneet Singh on social media.
After the entire tour of India was cancelled Shubhneet Singh took to his Instagram post and said, “India is my country too. I was born here. It is the land of my Gurus and my ancestors....”
He went on to write, “As a young rapper-singer hailing from Punjab, India, it was my life’s dream to put my music on an international dais. But the recent happenings have tumbled my hard work and progress, and I wanted to say a few words to express my dismay and sorrow. I’m extremely disheartened by the cancellation of my tour in India.”
“I was highly amped up and enthusiastic to perform in my country, in front of my people. The preparations were in full swing and I was practicing with my heart and soul for the last two months. And I was very excited, happy, and ready to perform. But I guess destiny had some other plans,” he added.
In the same post, he requested the public to refrain from naming “every Punjabi as a separatist or anti-national”.
“India is MY country too. I was born here. It is the land of my GURUS and my ANCESTORS, who didn’t even blink an eye to make sacrifices for the freedom of this land, for its glory, and for the family. And Punjab is my soul, Punjab is in my blood. Whatever I am today, I am because of being a Punjabi. Punjabis do not need to give proof of patriotism. At every turn in history, Punjabis have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of this country. That’s why it’s my humble request to refrain from naming every Punjabi as a separatist or anti-national,” he continued.
He even tried to explain his intent behind sharing the post, which has caused the entire tour to be canned.
“My intent in resharing that post on my story was only to Pray for Punjab as there were reports of electricity and internet shutdowns throughout the state. There was no other thought behind it and I definitely didn’t intend to hurt anyone’s sentiments. The accusations against me have deeply affected me. But as my guru has taught me “Manas Ki Jaat Sabai Ekai Pachanbo” (All the human beings recognized as one and same) and taught me not to be afraid, not to be intimidated which is the origin of Punjabiyat. I will continue to work hard. My team and I will be back soon, bigger and stronger together. WAHEGURU MEHAR KARE SARBAT DA BHALA A,” he concluded.