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Rapper Shubh breaks silence after cancellation of his India music tour amid India-Canada row: ‘Punjabis do not need…’

Canada-based Punjabi rapper Shubh said that he is ‘extremely disheartened’ that his India tour has been cancelled. “The preparations were in full swing and I was practicing with my heart and soul for the last two months”, he added.

Rapper and singer Shubhneet Singh aka Shubh, who was born in Punjab and is now based in Canada, had to face the burnt of the ongoing diplomatic row between India and Canada as his India music tour called ‘Still Rolling Tour’ was cancelled. Now, Shubh has broken his silence and shared a lengthy note on his Instagram over the conroversial matter.

“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”, Shubh wrote.

He further added, “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.”

The singer had faced backlash for allegedly showing his support towards Khalistan and separatists when he shared a distorted India map without Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab on his Instagram Stories and added the caption, “Pray for Punjab.” In his latest post, Shubh has also provided his justification behind his act.

“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 “ਮਾਨਸ ਕੀ ਜਾਤ ਸਬੈ ਏਕੈ ਪਹਿਚਾਨਬੋ” “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”, he concluded.

Shubh was scheduled to perform in twelve Indian cities of Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, and Jaipur in a three-month long tour starting from late September 2023.

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