Indian female rapper and actress Taran Kaur Dhillon, popularly known as Hard Kaur, has received a lot of support on social media last week after releasing a new rap song titled From Kashmir to Khalistan, dedicated to Kashmiri people and Sikh minority of India.
Hard Kaur has been very vocal about the human rights abuses being carried out by Narendra Modi’s government in occupied Kashmir since August 5, as well as the oppression of minorities in India since Modi assume office back in 2014.
Earlier this year, Indian authorities had charged Hard Kaur with sedition after she posted comments on social media against the extremist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat and Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Due to that, Kaur’s social media accounts were banned.
HARD KAUR YOU ARE A REAL ROCKSTAR JIO SHERNI 👏👏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/GMv4B9KoCj
— THE COMMON MAN (@Reallyryan6) August 14, 2019
In an interview, Hard Kaur said,
“A real artist needs to be respected for their freedom of expression. When that’s taken away or overtaken with business and money, it puts very difficult choices in front of an artist.”
She further said,
“[This song] it’s my way of raising awareness as an artist through my music as. Being a Sikh, it’s my duty to stand up against oppression and protect humanity especially when it’s my land, my people, my country.”