Punjabi-Canadian rapper Shubhneet Singh, known as Shubh, has found himself at the center of a heated controversy following a controversial social media post. This controversy has arisen amidst diplomatic tensions between India and Canada. Furthermore, Shubh’s ‘Still Rollin India tour‘ has been canceled due to allegations of his association with the Khalistan movement. In a statement posted on his Instagram account, Shubhneet Singh expressed deep disappointment at the cancellation of his India tour, emphasizing his strong connection to India and Punjab.
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Dream Shattered: Rapper Expresses Disappointment
Shubhneet Singh, a young rapper-singer from Punjab, shared his profound disappointment at the cancellation of his India tour on Instagram. He revealed that this tour had been his lifelong dream and dedicated the past two months to preparing for it with great enthusiasm. In his heartfelt post, he expressed his readiness to perform in front of his fellow citizens and how he had eagerly anticipated this opportunity. He reiterated his strong connection to India and Punjab, emphasizing that his ancestors and Gurus had sacrificed significantly for the country’s freedom.
Explanation for Controversial Post: Addressing the controversy surrounding his earlier social media post, Shubhneet clarified that his initial intention had been to offer prayers for Punjab in response to reports of electricity shutdowns in the state. He emphasized that he had not intended to offend or hurt anyone’s sentiments. The accusations against him deeply affected him, as he shared in his post.
‘Still Rollin Tour’ for India Canceled: BookMyShow, a prominent ticket-booking platform, announced the cancellation of Shubhneet’s ‘Still Rollin Tour for India.’ In a statement, the platform confirmed the cancellation and initiated a full refund for ticket buyers. BookMyShow faced a backlash on social media for hosting a singer labeled as a sympathizer of the Khalistani movement after his controversial post.
Social Media Backlash and Diplomatic Tensions: Shubhneet’s distorted map of India on his Instagram stories with the caption “Pray for Punjab” triggered the controversy and led to trending hashtags like #UninstallBookMyShow. Indian cricket star Virat Kohli reportedly unfollowed Shubhneet on Instagram in response to the backlash. The diplomatic relations between India and Canada were strained when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the Indian government of involvement in the fatal shooting of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. India promptly rejected these allegations as “absurd” and “motivated.”
The controversy surrounding Shubhneet Singh’s social media post has added another layer to the complex diplomatic relationship between India and Canada, which continues to evolve.