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    Indo-Canada diplomatic discord hits Shubh's India tour; BookMyShow cancels concerts in 10 cities in wake of protests against distorted map

    Punjabi-Canadian rapper Shubh's India tour cancelled amid backlash over Khalistan support

    Story outline

    • Shubh faces India tour cancellation amid accusations of his alleged support for Khalistani elements
    • BookMyShow canceled Shubh's India tour without specifying the reason but offered ticket refunds
    • Controversy escalated when earlier Shubh shared a distorted map of India on social media, excluding certain regions
    • Previously, headphone brand boAt had withdrawn tour sponsorship, citing concerns about the allegations
    • The tour cancellation has happened during rising tensions between India and Canada
    Trouble for Canada-based Punjabi singer and rapper Shubhneet Singh, popularly called Shubh, doesn't seem to stop as his India tour has been abruptly cancelled by BookMyShow, the online ticketing platform.

    This decision follows intense controversy and allegations of Shubh's alleged support for Khalistani elements, which triggered a wave of backlash and demands for the tour's cancellation.

    The cancellation of Shubh's 'Still Rollin Tour for India' was confirmed by BookMyShow in a statement released on Wednesday.

    While the statement did not explicitly mention the reason behind the cancellation, it seems to be a response to the growing allegations against the rapper.

    BookMyShow tweeted, "Singer Shubneet 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 refunds will be reflected within 7-10 working days in the customer's source account of the original transaction."

    The controversy surrounding Shubh escalated when he allegedly shared a distorted map of India on social media that omitted regions like Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.

    Indian headphone brand boAt had earlier withdrawn its sponsorship of Shubh's tour in the wake of the controversy. The company released a statement via its social media handle, distancing itself from the singer and expressing concerns about the allegations.

    Ex-Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who had previously expressed his admiration for Shubh on social media, also unfollowed the singer.

    The cancellation of Shubh's tour comes at a time when tensions between India and Canada have escalated due to a diplomatic row.

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had alleged the Indian government's involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia. India denied these allegations and in response has expelled a senior Canadian diplomat, leading to strained relations and a halt in trade talks between the two nations.

    Originally from Punjab, Shubh moved to Canada to pursue his musical career, and he is known for both his singing and rapping talents. He recently released his debut album 'Still Rollin' and had announced his first-ever India tour, which was highly anticipated by fans.
    ( Originally published on Sep 20, 2023 )
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