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Pakistani singers songs for Indian farmers prove massive hit

By Faizan Ali Warraich

January 13, 2021 07:33 PM


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According to legend, music has no boundaries. Nobody was imagining that Indian Punjab farmers' protest movement started against the three Farm Laws introduced by the Modi-led BJP government turned out to be one of the biggest mass protests in India’s history.

It was the time when music tuned in and farmers on their tractors, trolleys and camps started listening to songs made by singers across the borders.

Hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers camped at the Delhi-Haryana border to press their demand to repeal these Farm Laws and songs have become their ‘new motivation’ to continue their struggle against farm laws.  

On both sides of the Indian Punjab and Pakistani Punjab, singers paid tribute to the farmers who are protesting for their rights. Almost entire music industry from Indian Punjab and their bigwigs like Sidhu Moose Wala, Gippy Grewal, Ranjit Bawa, Mankirt Aulakh, Kanwar Grewal, Nishawn Bhullar, Jass Bajwa, Harf Cheema, Jordan Sandhu, Fazilpuria, Dilpreet, Sajjan Adeeb, Rajvir Jawanda produced songs that turned out to be huge hits on the social media.

It was the time when some Pakistani singers also came forward and produced songs for Indian farmers. The first Pakistani song that quickly took round across the border and in Punjabis diaspora living in Europe and the US was ‘PUNJAB’ sung by Shahzad Sidhu, AR Wattoo, Mansoor Ahmad and Ijaz Ghoug.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYCk_2G-e7M&list=LL&index=24

The ‘Punjab’ has been watched by 1.5m people from all over the world and won praise for lyrics and music. The singers’ team behind the song in an interview said they all belong in some way or other with fields and villages in Pakistani Punjab and they feel for the Indian farmers protesting against the Farms Laws by the Indian government.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjZObr8bHA0

The second song which became popular on both sides of the border was ‘Baghi Punjab’ by Pakistani Singer named AB Chattha.

AB Chattha in an interview to Youtube said he just made a song for the people who are struggling for their rights. He launched the song on the first of January, on New Year eve.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYCk_2G-e7M&list=LL&index=24

Singer Jawad Ahmad also released a song titled ‘Kisana’ for Indian farmers camped at the Delhi-Haryana border.

Song Kisana is a revolutionary song for peasants of the world, to inspire and motivate them to struggle for their rights and dedication by Jawad Ahmad to all the global peasant movements.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uMvaquP95U&feature=emb_title

It is pertinent to note that even after more than 45 days of protests and eight rounds of talks with the government, India's farmers are in no mood to suspend the protest. The farmers demanded to repeal these three market-friendly farm laws. In the latest development, the Indian Supreme Court, responding to a bunch of petitions, put the laws on hold.


Faizan Ali Warraich


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