Punjabi singer and songwriter Kulbir Jhinjer recently dropped his latest track, Ride or Die. The song has garnered over 6 million views on youtube in 6 days and has received positive response from the audience. But it feels like the Indian media does not agree with the fans of the song. National Hindi-based news broadcasting channel, Aaj Tak, has criticised Punjabi music industry as a whole through Kulbir’s latest track. The national media channel blamed the Punjabi music industry for promoting “Gun Culture”.
Singer Kulbir Jhinjer took it to instagram to publicly reply to the blames. The singer uploaded a post on his instagram account questioning the national media, why does the media not show Punjabi songs that talk about people’s rights and questions the government, like Kulbir Jhinjer’s song “Jaggo” on their channels.
The song “Jaggo” was a track written and sung by Kulbir Jhinjer in support of the huge farmer’s protest that has been going on for almost 3 months in New Delhi, demanding the repeal of three agricultural laws passed by the central government.
The Punjabi music industry is the biggest non-film music industry in the country and it has had a history of criticism for promoting gun culture and violence despite the large impact it has over the country. Punjabi artists have always argued that there is a good and a bad side to everything and if the industry produces songs that promote gun culture, it also produces meaningful songs that talk about people’s rights. Kulbir Jhinjer has also brought in the same point to support his argument. What do you think, does the Punjabi music industry really affect people by promoting gun culture?