(Screengraph: YouTube / Sidhu Moose Wala)
Chandigarh: Mare Maare Punjabi Rapper Sidhu Moosewala’s Latest Song SYL There is a departure from his earlier songs. Not glorifying weapons, as in many of his previous numbers, the latest song’s lyrics refer to issues such as Punjab’s right over the river water – the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal has been at the center of the Khalistani movement. The song also talks about Punjab’s right over Chandigarh, the shared capital of Haryana and Punjab. These issues have generally been close to the hearts of sectarian and pro-Khalistan voices like former IPS officer-turned-politician Simranjit Singh Mann. If the Arms-to-Water story were to be chronologically written, it might have developed like this.
Instant success in the world of Punjabi music propelled rapper-cum-singer Sidhu Moosewala to fame, a possible reason why he seemed like a man in a hurry. At the age of 24 he became a star rapper and at the age of 29 he entered politics. Was he afraid of the worst? Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, a former deputy chief minister of Punjab, suggested some time back that Musewala had joined the Congress to seek security as he was facing threat to his life.
Even the titles of his last two songs- Last Ride And 295 – There seems to be a supernatural link to his death. He passed away on May 29 or 29/5 this year. During his last ride to Jawaharke village, his friends with him revealed that they were listening to Last Ride when they were shot.
Two months before this, Moosewala had contested from Mansa assembly constituency on a Congress ticket, but lost to Aam Aadmi Party’s Vijay Singla by a huge margin.
He probably thought that politics would be like song-writing, where one could change the script whenever he wanted. After losing to Singla, he tried to change his political line. He has joined the Congress, at least from the songs of SYL, it seems that he has suddenly taken a right-wing turn in politics. One reason could also be that a few days before his murder, he was seen twice with Simranjit Singh Mann.
Like all his previous songs, I SYL At the same time he drums up passion. first line of his new song SYL It is stated as follows: Sanu Sadda Pichokad Te Sada Lana De Deo, Chandigarh Himachal to Haryana De Deo. And the song is accompanied by scenes depicting undivided Punjab (Kilt Punjab) or Punjab of Pakistan and Charda Punjab or the erstwhile Punjab of India. There is a clear demand for Greater Punjab.
Aside from the constant glee, the Musewala Museum has a perilous departure. There is no mention of gun, pistol or AK-47. Instead, he drums up Punjab issues in his shrill, loud voice: Oh Jinna Cheer Sanu, Sovereignty Da Rah Ni Dinde, Ona Cheer Pani Chhado Tupka Ni Dinde (Till they don’t give us sovereignty, they won’t even get a drop of water).
Musewala was in the process of taking a very right political turn before his death, this is evident from the fourth stanza of SYL’s songs.
Like extremist Sikh leader Simranjit Singh Mann and Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal, he also talks about the release of captive Sikhs: “Oh Jinna Cheer Sade Hathkadiya Lah Ni Dinde, Ona Cheer Pani Chhado, Tupka Ni Dinde (You won’t get a drop of water until you open the handcuffs of the captive Sikhs – referring to their release from prison).
He then goes: “Oh dabke de naal mangde, oh asi tan ni dinde. (Because you seek by force, that’s why we will never give you).
The song ends with a warning that my pen won’t stop writing new songs: Oh kalam ni rukni nitt nava hoon song aaaa. and then he warns Then come the soil Balwinder Jatana. And if you still don’t stop then many Balwinder Jatna will emerge. Balwinder Jatana is responsible for stopping the construction of SYL canal. Jatana had killed SYL chief engineers MS Sikri and Avtar Singh Aulakh while they were discussing the strategy for the construction of the SYL canal in 1990.
The refrain in the song is political. They are setting fire to the issue of Moosewala through song. SYL – that everyone wants to remain an unresolved question, except during the election. And he wants Punjab to go the opposite way – abolition and sovereignty of the Punjab Re-organization Act 1966.