Singer Mika Singh is expected to perform in Chicago and Houston on August 12 and 13 respectively, ahead of Independence Day. Mika posted about it on Twitter and wrote, “Be ready to rock with me. Houston and Chicago…. I’m coming to rock you guys Jai hind.” (sic).
The organizers of the show also posted a video of Mika briefing about his performance. In the video, Mika says that he’s ‘looking forward’ to celebrate the Independence Day of India and Pakistan. “15 August ko humara Hindustan azaad hua tha aur 14 ko humara Pakistan,” he says in the video, shared widely on Twitter.
The 40-year-old singer drew criticism for saying ‘Apna Pakistan.’ Mika’s statement has left Twitter very angry. “Shame on you. Are you celebrating Pakistani Day? Do you know how many of our Army Jawan are being killed by Pakistan?” a user tweeted.
Here are some of the tweets.
— Rudra k (@lord_mahakaal) July 22, 2017
Money money money… sweeter than country…
— Rani Roy (@raniroyrocky) July 23, 2017
Be ready to rock with me ..Housten and chicago…. I'm coming to rock you guys Jai hind:) pic.twitter.com/nTbvpF1g7P
— King Mika Singh (@MikaSingh) August 1, 2017
The 2016 Uri attack prompted an outcry from various outfits in India. The attack called for a ban on all Pakistani artistes working in India. News agency PTI reports that many Indian Americans have criticized Mika’s video. “Celebrating Independence Day is for those who believe in India and its freedom and democracy. It can never happen with Pakistan, and not when they are sponsoring and supporting Pakistani terrorist on the Indian soil,” Ramesh Shah, an Indian-American philanthropist told PTI.
Mika Singh, the well-known Bollywood singer, has provided playback for hit songs like Aaj Ki Party, Dhinka Chika and Mauja Hi Mauja. His 2016 concert in Birmingham was a hit.