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AP Dhillon reacts to cancellation of Shubh’s India tour

The rapper had shared a distorted map of India on his Instagram stories which he captioned, “Pray for Punjab”.

AP Dhillon and Shubhneet Singh (Image source: Twitter)

By: Mohnish Singh

Punjabi-Canadian rapper Shubhneet Singh’s ‘Still Rollin India tour’ was cancelled earlier over his alleged support to the Khalistan cause.

A day after Shubh’s tour was cancelled, Indo-Canadian singer AP Dhillon took to Instagram stories and broke his silence on the fury over Shubh’s tour.

Dhillon wrote, “I try to stay out of all the social mania as it is clear to me that regardless of what I say or do, it is a lost cause… someone, somewhere is going to spin the narrative to their liking and create more division. As an artist, it has become almost impossible to stay focused on your craft and do what you love. I try to be mindful of everyone’s sentiments but it has gotten to a point where we have to second and triple guess our every move due to fear of unintentionally fuelling even more division.”

He added, “Special interest and political groups constantly use our (artists’) public image as a chess piece to further their agenda, while we are just trying to make art that helps people on an individual level, regardless of their colour, race, religion, nationality, gender, etc.”

Dhillon concluded, “Spread love not hate. Let’s start thinking for ourselves and not let hateful influences program our beliefs. We are ALL one. let’s not let man-made social constructs divide us. Division has gotten us to this point but unity is the key to the future.”

Earlier, BookMyShow announced that Shubhneet’s ‘Still Rollin Tour for India’ had been cancelled.

In a post shared on X, BookMyShow stated, “Singer Shubhneet Singh’s Still Rollin Tour for India stands cancelled. To that end, BookMyShow has initiated a complete refund of the ticket amount for all consumers who had purchased tickets for the show. The refund will be reflected within 7-10 working days in the customer’s source account of the original transaction.”

The ticket-booking app faced a backlash on social media for hosting a singer branded an alleged Khalistani sympathiser in the wake of his earlier post.

Previously, #UninstallBookMyShow started trending on X with some users calling Shubh a ‘Khalistani’.

The rapper had shared a distorted map of India on his Instagram stories which he captioned, “Pray for Punjab”.

The diplomatic relations between India dipped after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday accused the Indian government of being behind the fatal shooting of wanted Khalistan leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

India, however, rejected the allegations levelled by the Trudeau administration, terming them “absurd” and “motivated”.

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