Updated: June 27, 2022 8:29:17 am
YouTube has removed a new song by deceased Punjabi singer Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, popularly known as Sidhu Moosewala, from its platform in India following a complaint from the Union government. The song, SYL, is available in other countries.
It raises multiple issues, including — as its name suggests — the under-construction Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal that has been a bone of contention between Punjab and Haryana for the past four decades.
It also brings up undivided Punjab, the 1984 riots, militancy, Sikh prisoners and the flag hoisting at the Red Fort during the farmer agitation.
SYL was released on the evening of June 23 and it got 2.7 crore views in less than three days. It also received 33 lakh likes on the video sharing and social media platform.
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It is the first Moosewala song to be released after the murder of the singer on May 29 this year.
“The content is not available on this country domain due to legal complaint from the government,” reads the song’s YouTube link in India.
A YouTube spokesperson said: “We have clear policies for removal requests from governments around the world. We review government removal requests when notified through the correct legal processes, and also review content for violations of our Community Guidelines. And, where appropriate, we restrict or remove content in keeping with local laws and our Terms of Service after a thorough review. All of these requests are tracked and included in our Transparency Report.”
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