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How the killing of Sidhu Moosewala is a topic concern about Gun culture in Punjab

The killing of Sidhu Mosse Wala, a singer, rapper, and aspiring politician on 29 May 2022 has shooked the nation and a big question mark on the security of famous people has surfaced. If a celebrity is not secured in our country, how can normal citizens expect security for themselves and their family? Let’s divulge deep about the case of Sidhu Moose Wala.

The original name of Sidhu Moose Wala was Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu and he hailed from the village of Moosa in the Moosa District of Punjab. Sidhu Moose Wala was the stage name he used after becoming a singer. Sidhu Mosse Wala started listening to hip-hop when he was in 6th standard and he learned music from Harvinder Bittu in Ludhiana. From his younger days, he was a big fan of rapper Tupac Shakur who inspired his songs a lot after he became a singer/rapper. Who knows that Sidhu will have the same ending as his idol, Tupac Shakur?

Sidhu Moose Wala stylish look

After completing his graduation from Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana he moved to Canada and released his first song ‘G Wagon’ from there and for the first time he used his adapted screen name Sidhu Moose Wala in the credits of the song.

The name ‘Moose Wala’ was a tribute to his native village Moosa. His first breakthrough came with the song “So High’’ in 2017, a gangster rap where he collaborated with BYG BYRD. Along with releasing songs, by then he started performing on stage also.

It was in 2019 when he started his own label and released numerous songs under it. He became quite famous among the youth with songs like Sidhu’s Anthem, Poison, Mafia style etc. He was criticized by many for promoting violence and gun culture with his songs but his popularity was only increasing with these songs. Sidhu Singh Moose was involved in many controversies because of his pro-Khalistani thinking and it became evident with his 2019 song “Panjab: My Motherland” where he supported the farmers’ protest and used video clips of infamous Sikh extremist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. He also had a rivalry with another rapper/singer Karan Aujila and both took on each own with their songs, social media handles, and live performances.

Along with gun-referencing lyrics and male chauvinism, Sidhu used his songs as a platform to talk about Punjab’s sociopolitical issues, and challenge the status quo. He had political ambitions also and joined Congress and contested the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly election but lost to Vijay Singla of Aam Aadmi Party.

His songs have a perturbed contradiction that glorified violence and gun culture but talked about things like anti-caste, peace, and egalitarianism. Punjab in the last couple of years has seen many gang feuds and Sidhu Moosewala was one of its victims. He was shot dead on 29 May 2022 while he was in his Thar SUV in Jawaharke village of Mansa district, by unidentified Killers. Satinder Singh alias Goldy Brar, a Canadian gangster of Punjabi origin, claimed responsibility for the murder. There was a gang rivalry going on between both and many believed the killing of Sidhu Moosewala was revenge for the killing of Middukhera where some aids of Moosewala were accused. Nevertheless, the broad daylight killing of Sidhu Moosewala has given rise to many questions about the political situation of Punjab where gun culture and gang wars are becoming rampant. It’s time for our politicians to take important measures to control violence in the state.

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