Borrowing his name from the Sutlej Yamuna Link project, the release of Anumerta Moosewala focused on some of the problems faced by Punjab, including scarcity of water, SIKH resistance that was misunderstood in detention, and more. It has 22 million displays in three days.
Sidhu Moosewala SYL Song Removed From YouTube
Three days after being released, the song Sidhu Moosewala, which is awaited -awaited, ‘Syl’ is on Sunday, June 26, deleted from the official YouTube channel. The song has collected more than 22 million appearances and was released on June 23 by his team.
Order on the singer’s YouTube page says: “This content is not available in the domain of this country because of legal complaints from the government.”
The video was blocked in India shortly after the results of the by-polls in Sangrur were announced, where the Head of SAD (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann, a hardliner Sikh, won with a decisive mandate, defeating AAP Gurmail Singh candidate.
This development assumes the significance as ‘Syl’ based on the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) channel between Punjab and Haryana, aroused strong support from Moosewala’s emotional fans around the world. The Uni government’s assessment is that the song has the potential to influence the politics of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, where the Election of the Assembly will come.
Sidhu Moosewala SYL Song Removed From YouTube
‘Syl’ is Moosewala’s latest song, released after he was shot dead by an unknown attacker in Jawahar Village in Mansa District on May 29, 2022.
With videos in black and white displaying old protests, the song brought the spotlight back to the plan to share river water and the alarming mobilization problem.
In his distinctive style that is brave and interesting lyrics, Moosewala, in the song, questioned the historical and political issues of Punjab which had long been there, and controversies about the Syl channel; The victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots; SIKH militants; Sikh prisoners languish in prison despite completing their requirements; And Sikh Balwinder activist Singh Jattana, whose name is synonymous with making the construction of the SYL canal stop on July 23, 1990.
‘Syl’ is Moosewala’s latest song, released after he was shot dead by an unknown attacker in the village of Jawahar in the Mansa District on May 29, 2022.
With videos in black and white and showing old protests, the song brought the spotlight back to plans to share river water and alarming mobilization problems.
In his distinctive style, the bold and interesting lyrics, Moosewala, in the song, questioned the historical and political issues of Punjab that had long existed and controversy about the Syl Channel; The victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots; SIKH militants; Sikh prisoners miserable in prison despite completing their requirements; And activist Sikh Balwinder Singh Jattana, whose name is identical to making the construction of the Syl Canal Stop on July 23, 1990.
Jattana’s photo on a motorcycle has been used on the cover of the song and in the video.
Jattana owned by Jattana Village in Ropar District near Chandigarh. He studied at the government university, Ropar when he joined Babbar Khalsa, a pro-Khalistan militant group.
As a protest against the construction of the Syl canal, Jattana and his three colleagues killed the Head of Engineers M.S. Sikri and engineer Avtar Aulakh engineer at the SYL office in the sector-26, Chandigarh on July 23, 1990. Since that day, the construction of the SYL was established.
Later, four members of the Jattana Family – Dwarki Kaur (80), Simrajit Singh (5), Jasmer Kaur and Manpreet Kaur were killed and burned alive in their homes after an attack occurred on senior supervisor Chandigarh (CNS) and previously Chandigarh, Police (SSP ) and Chandigarh Senior Police (SSP) and and SSP. Former Director General of Police (DGP), Punjab, Sumedh Singh Saini.
Jattana was killed in a police meeting on September 4, 1991.
In particular, the 214 km Canal Syl project was launched on April 8, 1982 in the Kapoori Village in Patala District by Indira Prime Minister Gandhi at that time. It was intended to share the Sutlej Punjab River with Haryana. However, for years, SYL finally became a political and legal problem between Punjab, Haryana and the central government.
SYL’s catchy lyrics
The song began with AAP Rajya Sabha MP’s statement from Haryana, Sushil Gupta, who after the formation of the AAP government in Punjab said, “In 2025, Air Syl will reach every Haryana field. This is not our promise, but our guarantee. “
Increasing the demand for ‘sovereignty’, Moosewala began 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 in the past and our community. Give us Chandigarh, Himachal and Haryana. Forget water (rivers), we will not give you a drop, until you give us sovereignty.)
Then he says, “Kalam nai rukni, hun nit nava ek gana ayu, je na tale pher mur Balwinder Jattana ayu, pher putt begane nehra ch dekan la hi dinde, ona chir pani chaddo, tupka nai dinde.” (My pen won’t stop and a new song will come every day. If you don’t step back then someone like Balwinder Jattana will return.
Moosewala also speaks about the release of Sikh prisoners, namely: Jagtar Singh Hawara, Davinder Pal Bhullar, Gurdeep Singh Khaira, Lakhwinder Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Shamsher Singh, Jagtar Singh Tara and Balwant Singh Rajoana and carries their photos in the music video.
Recently, Balwant Singh Rajoana’s sister, Kamaldeep Kaur, contested the Sangrur bypoll on a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ticket. Both SAD and SAD (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann, who won the seat, contested the Sangrur bypoll on the platform of the release of Sikh prisoners.
In addition to the lyrics are some important English subtitles over a map of united Punjab, such as: ‘To stop being robbed of our water, we will have to completely abolish the 1966 Reorganisation Act and Section 5 of the 2004 Termination of Agreements Act’; ‘The causative agent of 1984 genocide’; and ‘Punjab’s extremely high water-stress level’.
Further, the song has visuals of the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march when the historic farmers’ protest began and the placing of the ‘Nishan Sahib’ (Sikh flag) on Red Fort in Delhi on January 26, 2021. The video also carried the statement of Deep Sidhu, who died in a car accident days before Punjab assembly elections this year.
The video concludes with the statement of Meghalaya governor Satya Pal Malik during the farmers’ protest in which he recommended that the Union government not test the patience of the Sikh community, as it is known for remembering the injustices meted out to it and taking revenge, even after many years.
By Expert’s view on ‘SYL’ and Punjab’s issues
Moosewala’s song signs off with three important messages to the people of Punjab: ‘Each one of you is the last hope for protecting the Punjab River Waters to prevent Desertification of Punjab’; ‘Save Punjab Waters’; and ‘Release Sikh prisoners.’
Talking to The Wire, senior journalist and author Jagtar Singh, who was working with Indian Express in Chandigarh during the agitation against SYL in the 1980s, said, “Sidhu Moosewala’s song has brought the focus back on Punjab’s issues and militancy was rooted among these. The issue of Punjab’s river waters was the most vital to militants, especially those associated with Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) and Babbar Khalsa.”
“It was the Babbar Khalsa which was instrumental in stopping the construction of the SYL in the 1990s,” he continued. “Since the day Balwinder Singh Jattana and his two associates killed chief engineer M.L. Sikri and superintendent engineer Avtar Singh Aulakh, its construction could not restart.”
Jagtar Singh said that when the attack was carried out on SYL’s office, nearly 90% of the construction work on the canal had been. The remaining 10% stands incomplete to date.
On the massive support for Moosewala’s song, the Jagtar Singh said, “It will certainly shake up the dynamics of Punjab. The entire narrative of the song is based on the issue of the 1978 struggle, which can be revived.”
“Politically it might not have much impact, as both SAD and Congress are equal culprits in the construction of SYL, but it can mobilize the youth further,” he added.
Analyzing the word ‘sovereignty’ in the song, Jagtar Singh said that historically, the only time Punjab enjoyed complete autonomy was during Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Sikh Empire.
“In the modern context, Moosewala is talking about giving autonomy to Punjab; to give back the state’s capital, Chandigarh. He spoke about Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, which were carved out of Punjab. The singer has touched upon all the key issues of Punjab, which have not been addressed in a long time,” he said.
Farmer union leader Darshan Pal said that Punjab’s unsettled issues had existed earlier too, but Moosewala’s song has brought them back into the spotlight.
“Being an agrarian state, and as per Punjab’s Riparian Act, Punjab has a right over its rivers’ waters. Ideally, the state’s river water should be shared after fulfilling the needs of its farmers and public, but that is not the case,” Pal said.
“Haryana, Delhi, and Rajasthan were getting water from Punjab when the ground reality is that Punjab’s groundwater was depleting fast. Our tube-wells are drying up and we are heading towards desertification,” he continued.
In the reference to the farmers’ protest in the song, Pal said that it was because of the Punjabi identity of the agitation that the farmer’s movement gained momentum in the country
“Punjab’s farmers manifested the identity of farmers across the country, and it is still continuing. There is an awakening among farmers; that is why we are still raising the demand for MSP. Farmers’ agitation has the potential to restart not just the pending issues of Punjab, but the country as a whole,” he said.
“Look at the June 24 protest against Agnipath,” Pal continued. “Farmers under the banner of Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) gathered across the country. It is the result of organic farmers’ protest, which grew from Punjab and spread across the country.”
Haryana-based farm leader from the Bhartiya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Abhimanyu Kohar, while lauding Moosewala’s song, said that to date, the SYL issue was exploited by all political parties as per their requirement.
“Let us be clear that Sidhu Moosewala is questioning the center and not targeting Haryana. Both Punjab and Haryana’s brotherhood was strengthened during farmers’ protests and we are proud of our association with farmers from Punjab. It has become a headache not just for the BJP-RSS, but for other parties too, as it will affect their politics. For us, Punjab is our elder brother and we value our bonding more than falling prey to politics,” he said.
Kohar said that Moosewala has talked about a united Punjab and unity among the people. “And that’s what we gained through the farmers’ protest. In fact, the Punjabi identity, Sikhism, langar culture, and the massive NRI support, strengthened our bond, not just with Punjab, but with farmers in the rest of India too,” he said.
He asked why the Union government, instead of focusing on the ‘SYL’, doesn’t focus on the international water treaty which results in Indian water going to Pakistan?
“The kind of brotherhood we enjoyed during Sir Chottu Ram’s time is what we have gained through farmers’ protest and we don’t want to lose it because of SYL or any other political issue,” he added.
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