Sukhbir Singh Badal: Revoke ban on Kanwar Grewal’s song
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president, Sukhbir Singh Badal, today described the ban imposed on a song sung by Kanwar Grewal calling for the release of the Sikh detenues as most unfortunate development. He asked the Union Government to reverse this decision keeping in view citizens’ right to freedom of speech as well as sentiments of the Sikh community.
The SAD president said the song, ‘Rihai’, sung by Kanwar Grewal reflected sentiments of Sikhs worldwide. They were perturbed over the continued incarceration of Sikh detenues even after completion of their life sentences, he added.
Kanwar Grewal has done nothing more than use poetic licence to highlight this grievance, besides demanding that history books should not be rewritten. This does not call for a ban under any circumstances,” said Sukhbir Badal.
Appealing to the Centre to reconsider its decision, Sukhbir Badal said “Such bans can create a wrong impression about India among other nations. We cannot be seen suppressing the freedom of speech, which is enshrined in our constitution.”