Canada-based singer Shubh is trolled no end ahead of Mumbai concert. What went wrong?

Dristi Sharma
Dristi SharmaSep 19, 2023 | 18:04

Canada-based singer Shubh is trolled no end ahead of Mumbai concert. What went wrong?

You must have heard the song Cheques by Shubh, which has been circulating all over social media and various music platforms. However, it appears that the singer has got himself in trouble just before his concert in Mumbai by posting a distorted map of India on his Instagram. 

What happened 

Canadian Punjabi singer Shubhneet Singh AKA Shubh is a Canadian Punjabi singer, who has recently become a viral sensation, and is known for his songs Elevated, OG, and Cheques

  • When Punjab Police was hunting for Khalistani separatist Amritpal Singh, Shubh shared a distorted map of India, omitting Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, according to HT. 
  • Now, months later, he is facing massive backlash from India, right ahead of his India concert. 
  • His concert will take place in Mumbai from September 23-25 as part of the Cruise Control 4.0 event, organised aboard the Cordelia Cruise. 

The backlash

  • Several users took to X (formerly Twitter) to show their anger for the singer and urged everyone to not attend the singer's concert. 
  • Members of BJYM (Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha) recently tore down Shubh’s posters and alleged that the singer supports separatist Khalistani elements. 
  • They have also submitted a memorandum to the Commissioner of Police in Mumbai, demanding strict action against the singer and the cancellation of all his performances.

The latest 

Amid the backlash, Virat Kohli, the former Indian cricket team captain also unfollowed the singer, who once praised the singer for his songs via his Instagram handle. 

  • Apart from Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have also unfollowed the singer.
  • Headphone major boAt also has on Tuesday (September 19) said amid the controversy it has chosen to withdraw its sponsorship from the upcoming tour of Shubh.

"At boAt, while our commitment to the incredible music community runs deep, we are first & foremost a true Indian brand. Therefore, when we became aware of the remarks made by artist Shubh earlier this year, we chose to withdraw our sponsorship from the tour."
- boAt on X

Apart from the Mumbai concert, Shubh's is also set to have 'Still Rollin India Tour', a three-month-long tour spanning 12 major Indian cities, including Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Mumbai starting September 2023.

The big picture

The backlash against Shubh also comes at a time when India-Canada diplomatic relations are at an all-time low, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accusing New Delhi of getting Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar killed in Canada. Canada expelled an Indian diplomat earlier today, following which, India retaliated with sending a Canadian diplomat packing from India.

Last updated: September 20, 2023 | 13:37
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