Electronics model boAt on Tuesday mentioned that it has determined to withdraw its sponsorship of Canada-based Punjabi singer Shubneet Singh’s upcoming India live performance. The choice has been taken in mild of the singer’s alleged assist for Khalistan. Earlier this yr, he posted a distorted map of India with out Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab on his Instagram account, resulting in outrage.
“At boAt, whereas our dedication to the unbelievable music group runs deep, we’re first & foremost a real Indian model. Due to this fact, once we turned conscious of the remarks made by artist Shubh earlier this yr, we selected to withdraw our sponsorship from the tour,” Boat mentioned in a press release posted on X.
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— boAt (@RockWithboAt) September 19, 2023
”We are going to proceed to foster a vibrant music tradition in India and create platforms the place rising artists can present their expertise,” the corporate added.
Notably, Mr Singh, recognized by his stage title Shubh. is scheduled to carry out in Mumbai from September 23-25 as a part of the Cruise Management 4.0 occasion, organized aboard the Cordelia Cruise, as per PTI. He will even carry out in cities comparable to New Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
A number of days in the past, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP), eliminated posters selling his live performance, saying that there isn’t any place for ‘Khalistan’ supporters in Bharat.
— ANI (@ANI) September 16, 2023
“There isn’t any house for Khalistanis who’re the enemy of integrity and unity of India. We can’t let Canadian singer Shubh carry out on the auspicious land of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Mumbai…If no correct motion is taken then the organisers should face the revolt…” BJYM President Tajinder Singh Tiwana informed information company ANI.
Cricketer Virat Kohli had additionally lately unfollowed Shubh on social media app Instagram.
Notably, the controversy surrounding the singer’s tour is unfolding in opposition to the backdrop of strained relations between India and Canada. Canada on Monday accused the Indian involvement within the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar final June and expelled New Delhi’s intelligence chief in Ottawa in retaliation. The diplomatic transfer despatched relations between the 2 nations, already bitter, to a dramatic new low.
India, in the meantime, rejected Justin Trudeau’s allegation, describing it as “absurd” and “motivated”. In a reciprocal transfer, India expelled a senior Canadian diplomat and gave him 5 days to depart the nation.