Lately everyone in Punjab is trying to figure out who exactly is Jassi Jasraj for one reason or the other. I met him few weeks ago in Brampton – Ontario on his recent visit to Canada as I heard him well over a year ago and saw his music video on “Punjab burning” referring to 1984 riots (which the Sikhs claim as genocide) till date. Perhaps never in the history of Punjabi Music Industry has any Singer targeted any other social issue like this, the way Jassi Jasraj has done. Lately Jassi through his lyrics has also attacked Honey Singh for his vulgar and double meaning lyrics. Whether it is a right or wrong way it’s a matter of a never ending debate. Still needs to be seen how Honey Singh will react to all this, although he hasn't reacted till date, but for how long will he remain silent? Jassi seems to be a level headed down to earth individual, when asked instead of attacking other singers or their questionable lyrics why not educate the general public to withdraw support to such work and just boycott it. He seemed to not have a genuine answer, but did nod seeming to be in agreement. He praised all Canadians for their hospitality & generosity shown towards him and acknowledged their large heartedness. Ontario – Canada home to many Punjabis (both Indian & Pakistani) who do have a great appetite for their culture and by far the Sikh community leads in keeping these traditions alive, and this all is only possible through multiculturalism programmes available at all government levels in Canada.Thanks Canada once again for letting us all be a part of you and accepting us with open arms - (Photo & Write - up Akbar Warris 416-371-9849)
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