The Sutlej-Yamuna canal, which is at the center of a dispute between the singer’s home state of Punjab and the neighboring state of Haryana, is discussed in the music video.
After receiving a complaint from the government, a posthumously released music video by the late Sikh rapper Sidhu Moose Wala that went viral in India was taken down by YouTube.
The Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, which has been at the center of a long-running water dispute between the late Sikh rapper’s home state of Punjab and the neighboring state of Haryana, is the subject of the song “SYL.”
The track, which was released on Thursday in his honor, also talked about other sensitive topics, like the deadly 1984 riots in India that targeted the Sikh community and the army storming an important Sikh temple in Amritsar.
Before it was taken down on Sunday, the video had nearly 30 million views and 3.3 million likes on the singer’s YouTube page.
A message on the song link stated, “This content is not available on this country domain due to a legal complaint from the government.”
A spokesperson for YouTube informed the AFP news agency via email that the company had removed the song “in accordance with local laws and our Terms of Service after a thorough review.”
According to reports in local media, Moose Wala’s family called the removal of the song “unjust” and pleaded with the government to retract the complaint.
They can ban the song, but they can’t get Sidhu out of people’s minds. According to the Hindustan Times newspaper, uncle Chamkaur Singh said, “We will discuss legal options with lawyers.”
Al Jazeera inquired about the statements made by spokespersons for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), but they did not respond.
Activists for internet rights have also voiced concerns about the government’s “obvious” censorship of online content, describing it as a “concerning situation.”
Al Jazeera was informed by Prateek Waghre, policy director at the Internet Freedom Foundation, a non-profit organization that advocates for digital rights in India, that “we don’t know when they (government orders) are issued and we only find out when someone is affected.”
“In this instance, the affected account was a high-profile one, and it was noticed. Users frequently are not even informed when their content is removed.
According to Waghre, the “space for dissent” on the internet in India is deteriorating “continuously and progressively.”
He was shot to death in his car.
Last month, in the northern state of Punjab, Moose Wala, also known by his birth name Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, was shot to death in his car.
The 28-year-old musician was well-liked in India as well as among Punjabi communities abroad, particularly in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Fans all over the world were furious and outraged when he died.
Indian authorities took a number of weapons, including a grenade launcher, and detained three individuals who are accused of killing Moose Wala last week.
Media reports said the men had purportedly acted at the command of Canada-based hoodlum Goldy Brar and his associate Lawrence Bishnoi who is at present in prison in India.
Moose Wala became well-known for his catchy songs in which he criticised rival rappers and politicians and portrayed himself as a man who stood up for the pride of his community, served justice, and killed enemies.
He was criticized for his music videos, in which he frequently posed with firearms, which promoted gun culture.
His death also brought attention to organized crime in Punjab, a major route through which drugs from Afghanistan and Pakistan enter India.
An increase in gang-related violence and the use of illegal weapons in the state are linked by many observers to the narcotics trade, which primarily involves heroin and opium.