A leader of India’s Bharata Janata Party (BJP), Raja Singh Lodh, released a patriotic song over the weekend which sounds very similar to the tune — Pakistan Zindabad — released by Pakistan Army on March 23 this year which is originally sung by Sahir Ali Bagga.
Soon after Raja Singh shared the song Hindustan Zindabad, it went viral on social media for all the wrong reasons. Raja posted on his Twitter account a caption that read, “My new song which will be released on 14th April at 11:45 AM on the occasion of #SriRamNavami is dedicated to our #IndianArmy forces”.
— Chowkidar Raja Singh (@TigerRajaSingh) April 12, 2019
The song received a lot of backlash when Indian Twitter account Ashok Swain pointed out that the song is a blind copy of Pakistan’s patriotic number.
Chowkidar chor hai!
— Dreamer (@AGalleryofDream) April 14, 2019
Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor also took to Twitter to respond to Raja’s tweet. “Glad that you copied. But copy to speak the truth as well,” he wrote.
— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) April 14, 2019
Journalist Hamid Mir also wrote about Raja’s song which he termed as ‘not copy but theft’:
I am not glad because this is not copy but theft very unimpressive voice humiliation to those who are dedicated https://t.co/W8ZgBhr0iT
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) April 14, 2019
However, Raja Singh is still in a state of denial as he has posted a video on Twitter refusing that he has copied a Pakistani song:
I'm more surprised that even a terriorst nation produces singer's. #Pakistani singer's may have copied my song we don't have to copy anything from a terrorist state like Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/nnXIinOt1E
— Chowkidar Raja Singh (@TigerRajaSingh) April 14, 2019
Watch the ISPR song here: