Like most of his songs, this one too will spark controversy. Punjabi singer Shabdeep Singh Seidu Musiwala SYL’s latest track – the first to be released posthumously – is sure to touch a nerve with his talk about the Water Dispute, the Undivided Punjab, 1984, Sikh riots, Sikh militants, Sikh prisoners, and the raising of the Sikh flag in Red castle during farmers rampage.
Moosewala was shot dead in Jawahar Ke village in Mansa district on May 29. He left behind a few recorded songs, including SYL which was due to be released before the anniversary of Operation Blue Star. He was planning to shoot a video for the song with his friend and video producer Stalinfer.
“He wanted to release the song on the eve of June 6 (the anniversary of Operation Blue Star) as the song is related to the last 70 years of Punjab Channel history and Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL). He was very excited about the song and was regularly discussing with me how to videotape the song.” Share I have pictures of Balwinder Gatana. “But God had different plans for him,” said Stalinfer. Indian Express.
Moosewala’s college friend Randeep Singh discussed the song with Moosewala. I spoke to him on the evening of May 28 for about an hour. He would often discuss the politics of his songs with me. She warned him that SYL’s song would upset his party and the ruling party in Punjab as well. “I warned him the song might put him in trouble,” Randeep said.
“But Musiwala told me it was just like that and it wasn’t his habit to be pressured. He told me what he was going to say he would say, no matter what party he belonged to. He didn’t care about the repercussions of his song on his life or politics. He agonized over the hypocrisy of political parties about Punjab rights.” The music video recorded more than 10 lakh views within one hour of its release on YouTube on Thursday.
What is in the song?
The song begins with the last statement of Adami Public Party member, Rajya Sabha, Shushil Gupta. Soon after the AAP formed a government in Punjab, Gupta said, “Now we have a government in Punjab. In 2024, the AAP will form a government in Haryana as well. In 2025, water will reach every farm in Haryana. This is not our promise but our guarantee.” “.
As Gupta’s statement ends, Musiwala’s words begin: “Sanu Sada Pechokar Lana Di Deo/
Chandigarh Himachal T Haryana De Deo / Jenna Cheer Sanu Sovereignty Da Rah in Dindi /
Una Chir Pani Chado, Tupka Nai dinde (Give us our past and our tribe. Give us Chandigarh, Haryana and Himachal. Forget the water, we won’t give a drop until you give us sovereignty). “
On the water, it is written: “Pani Da Ki e, Pani tan Pulan Thalon Vagna / Sanu Nal Rala Lao Lakh Bhave, Thale ni lagna / Dabke Nal Mangde O, Asi Tan Nai Dinde / Una Chir Pani Chaco, Tupka Nai dinde (The water will continue In flowing under bridges. You can win us with love but we will not bow to you. We will not give you water because you are abusive in asking).”
The song goes on to add: “Kalam nai rokani hon nit ek ganj au / ji na tale veer more balwinder jatana au / fair pot bijan nehra chaki la hai dende / una chir pani chaco, topka nai dende (my pen won”) t stop and a new song will be written Every day. If you don’t back off, someone like Balwinder Jattana will come back. Bold sons turn canals into plants.)
The song also calls for the release of Sikh prisoners – an issue in which Shirumani Akali Dal (Badal) and Shirumani Akali Dal (Amritsar) are contesting in Sangrur by-elections.
She refers to “Topiwala” as a narrow-minded one. “Topiwala” is a term used by the SAD factions of the AAP.
There is a statement by Punjabi singer and actor Deep Seidu, who died in a car accident in February 2022 as well. The song ends with the controversial statement of Governor Satya Pal Malik. While hinting at the potential dire consequences of not repealing the plantation laws, Malik said: “Indira Gandhi knew she was going to kill and be killed. They killed General AS Vidya in Pune and General Dwyer in London. I have even said I am not testing the patience of the Sikh community.” This statement came before the Union government revised the farm laws.
There are visual images of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Balwant Singh Rajoana and Jagtar Singh Hawara. Apart from Balwinder Singh Jattana, images of Sikh militants Davinder Pal Bhular, Gurdip Singh Khera, Lakhwinder Singh, Jagtar Singh Tara and many other Sikh fighters have been used.
The video also mentions a NASA study of the water crisis in northern India that groundwater was dangerously depleting. It amuses the viewers, “Every one of you is the last hope to protect the waters of the Punjab River to prevent the desertification of the Punjab.”
The video ends with the hashtags #savepunjabwaters and #releasesikhprisoners.
SYL . DISPUTE
The Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) channel has been at the center of Punjab’s problems for the past half century and the problem has yet to be resolved. On April 8, 1982, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi commenced construction of the SYL Canal with a groundbreaking ceremony at Kapuri village in Patiala district. It was to be built 214 km, of which 122 km in Punjab and 92 km in Haryana. But Shiromani Akali Dal launched a Kapoori Morcha-style agitation against the construction of the canal. These events led to Operation Blue Star.
Then in July 1985, then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Shiromani Chief Akali Dal Sant Hartchand Singh Longwal signed an agreement on a new court to appeal the construction of SYL.
On August 20, 1985, Longwal was killed by Sikh militants, less than a month after the agreement was signed. The Union government was in no mood to back down from SYL construction. On July 23, 1990, chief engineer of SYL ML Sekhri and supervising engineer Avtar Singh Aulakh were killed by Sikh gunmen.
Here Balwinder Jattana comes into the picture. He was a Sikh militant who killed the chief engineer along with Jagtar Singh Pangola, Balbir Singh Fujii and Harmeet Singh Bhaul. Their SYL construction work has been halted and has not yet resumed. Plants have been featured on SYL’s website over the past 32 years and are mentioned in the song.
Four members of the Jatana family were allegedly killed by the Punjab police cat Ajit Singh Bhula on August 29, 1991. Jatan himself was killed in an encounter with the Punjab police on September 7.