"SYL joins songs such as “295”, “Scapegoat”, and “Panjab”, in which Sidhu calls out the broken politics that have plagued Punjab since the creation of India - yet it goes even further."
You did a good explanation with the history. But some of it is incorrect.
1. It was the Akalis who challenged emergency rule in Punjab during the 70's, Sant ji was not involved with this, at least in any capacity in protesting with them. It was on the basis of the Akali's succuesful protests against Indira Gandhi that she decided to undermine them by finding a religious figure to challenge their influence.
2. The Congress did approach Sant ji and he did run on a Congress ticket, but he did not win. Sant ji severed his connection with the Congress after the massacre of Sikhs by Nirankaris in 1978. In 1978 the Nirankaris were attempting to undermine Sikhi by organizing a baptism of seven followers, essentially copying the panj payare. Bhindranwale and other Sikh leaders arrived to protest, but were fired upon with 13 Sikhs being murdered. The Indian government moved the murder case away from Punjab into neighbouring Haryana where the Nirankari cult leader received a more favorable judgment and was cleared of murder. This event was responsible for Sant ji's parchar that Sikhs were slaves in India and it was the event that made him into a force to be reckoned with.
3. The Dharam Yudh Morcha was not launched during the emergency period, it started in 1982, 4 years after the Nirankari massacre.
It is really important to understand the correct timeline in Punjab.
Great article! I really appreciated the historical recap for context and understanding.
Great job in explaining : perhaps someone was trying to stop the late Moosewala to release this politically charged truth ?