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Popular folk artist removed a song from YouTube after threats from ruling party’s youth wing

  • Pashupati Sharma’s song about corruption in the country was being praised online before it was suddenly pulled down by the singer.
- SAMUEL CHHETRI, Kathmandu

Feb 17, 2019-

Pashupati Sharma’s new music video “Lootna Sake Loota Kancha” was trending at the number 10 spot in Youtube Nepal on Saturday. But less than 48 hours after it was uploaded online, the singer, who is known for his satirical take in his songs, took down the video despite an overwhelmingly positive response from listeners on social media and other platforms.

The song is a satirical take on the corruption prevalent in Nepal’s public and government sector, and includes a chorus that roughly translates to “If you can rob, you should rob; you can’t do it anywhere else in the world, but you’re free to rob in Nepal.”

In an interview with Republica daily, Sharma said the song reflects the suffering of Nepali citizens.

Some sections of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, especially, Youth Federation Nepal, had released a strong statement against the song, discouraging the public from listening to Sharma.

The NCP youth wing issued a statement in its Facebook page on Saturday accusing the singer of defaming the ruling party while aligning with the main opposition Nepali Congress.

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The song, among other things, discussed issues like the Airbus purchase scandal.

The group also asked Sharma to “correct his mistakes” and threatened Sharma that the federation would be compelled to take steps that would ruin his career.

Sharma, after pulling down the song from Youtube, posted a statement on Facebook saying he was pulling down the song so he can replace certain words that offended some of his listeners.

“I am aware that good governance should be established and ill practices should not take place in a nation,” he wrote on Facebook. “My intention behind the song was to satirically raise the issue of those ill practices.”

Sharma also said as a citizen of the country, it is his innate right to raise voice against the prevailing corruption, bribery and inaction on the part of responsible stakeholders.

Meanwhile, other Youtube users, who had downloaded the song from the internet before it was pulled down, are uploading the original song from their personal accounts.

You can watch the music video below.

Published: 17-02-2019 10:30

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