The federal leader of the NDP seems pretty friendly with a rapper who glorifies violence and Khalistani terrorists.
(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has personal ties with a Canadian Sikh rapper who glorifies violence and promotes Khalistani independence, the Toronto Sun has learned.
Chani Natt is a Canadian rapper with a large follower on social media. His YouTube videos, often depicting violence and terrorism, have been viewed millions of times.
Natt’s friendship with Singh is concerning given the violent content in his music videos.
For instance, the song ‘ROOSE’ features images of men carrying military equipment, including an assortment of guns and bullets, wearing black turbans, dark sunglasses and T-shirts that read: “INDIA’S MOST WANTED.”
The men are waving a Soviet Union flag as well as a yellow Khalistani independence flag. Interlaced with the modern images of Natt and his gun-wielding gang, we see historic images glorifying Sikh militants during the 1984 riots in India.
The video appears to be filmed in Surrey, B.C. One man is wearing a Vancouver Canucks jersey and several of the cars have British Columbia licence plates.
The YouTube description reads, “dedicated to the Shaheeds of the Sikh nation.” A Shaheed is an Islamic or Sikh martyr who died fulfilling a religious commandment and is promised a place in paradise.
This video has been viewed over 1.3 million times on YouTube.
Another video, ‘KAALI,’ begins showing a memo entitled “Khalistan Commando Force.” The video shows Natt among other heavily armed men, as well as historic footage of armed Sikh militants in India.
The historic footage shows the aftermath of Khalistani terrorist attacks, as well as an actor firing a gun at a photo of the first female Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi – who was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984.
According to a source who translated the lyrics from Punjabi, the songs says:
“The guys with the round turbans are direct talkers. In our cars, in our glove department we keep a loaded glock. There was a cop that spoke against us, we shot him in the head.”
“(We) hope to create music and content to inspire the youth of today,” reads the YouTube page description, which credits Natt for the lyrics of this song.
Natt also appears to be a close personal friend of NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.
On Feb. 8, 2017, Natt posted a photo of himself with Singh on Instagram, with the caption “Looked up to this guy for a while!! Never thought we would become friends one day and hang out. It’s an honour to have him as a brother.”
Another photo of Singh and Natt, posted on July 6, 2017, includes the caption “full support.”
A third photo, from Sept. 19, 2017, Natt writes “With love and courage (love) Jagmeet Singh. Vote for the boyyy.”
Neither Singh nor Natt responded to questions from the Sun.
Natt also posed a photo of the controversial figure Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, a leader of the Sikh armed movement whose considered a martyr by some and a terrorist by others.
Natt complained that “the media has constantly portrayed the Indo-Canadian youth to be involved in gangs and drugs,” while encouraging his followers to participate in a food drive in honour of Bhindranwale.
Natt’s large Canadian following, and his open celebration of Khalistani war and terrorism flies in the face of claims made by Sikh activists.
Following the controversy that erupted after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invited a Khalistani terrorist to an event in India, the World Sikh Organization tweeted, “There are no current examples of ‘Sikh extremism’ in Canada.”