"Celebrating the cowardly killing of an old woman."
After his concert was cancelled in September 2023, Shubh faced flak for waving a hoodie at a concert.
The hoodie apparently showed links to the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
It allegedly featured an image of a Punjab map that had the assassination depicted on it.
Gandhi was shot dead by her two bodyguards in 1984, several months after the Indian army broke into the Golden Temple.
Some social media users took to X to express their anger about the incident, which occurred in October 2023 in London.
Kangana Ranaut also took to the platform to shame Shubh.
Celebrating the cowardly killing of an old woman by those who she appointed as her saviours.
When you are trusted to protect but you take advantage of the trust and faith and use the same weapons to kill the ones were suppose to protect then it’s a shameful act of cowardice not… https://t.co/GMqGjPeJQu
— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) October 31, 2023
The actress said: “Celebrating the cowardly killing of an old woman by those who she appointed as her saviours.
“When you are trusted to protect, but you take advantage of the trust and faith and use the same weapons to kill the ones we’re supposed to protect, then it’s a shameful act of cowardice, not of bravery.
“One must be ashamed of such a cowardly attack on an elderly lady who was disarmed and unaware, a lady who was the chosen leader of a democracy, nothing to glorify here Shubham ji. Shame!!!”
Reacting to the controversy, Shubh claimed he was unaware of what the hoodie depicted when it was thrown at him.
He said: “A lot of clothes, jewellery and phones were thrown at me by the audience at my first show in London.
“I was there to perform, not to see what got thrown at me and what is on it.”
Shubh also made a veiled reference to the cancellation of his tour:
“No matter what I do, some people will find something to bring it against me.”
The Indian government cancelled the tour on September 20.
The abrupt cancellation came after Shubh posted a seemingly ‘distorted’ map of India.
Omitting the states of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, Shubh added the caption: “Pray for Punjab.”
Addressing the backlash at the time, the artist said:
“India is my country too. I was born here.
“It is the land of my Gurus and my Ancestors, who didn’t even blink an eye to make sacrifices for the freedom of this land, for its glory, and for the family.
“And Punjab is my soul, Punjab is in my blood.”
Shubh asserted his pride over his heritage. He said:
“Whatever I am today, I am because of being a Punjabi.”