‘Yes That Was My Voice’: Singer Zubeen Garg Writes Strong Post After Being Booked For ‘insulting’ Bharat Ratna In Controversial Audio Clip


Zubeen Garg has confirmed that the voice in a viral audio clip that used ‘insulting’ words against Bharat Ratna, highest civilian honour awarded in the country, is his, in a strong post on Instagram. The singer’s reaction comes after an FIR was registered against him for the comments.

Written By Joel Kurian | Mumbai | Updated On:

Zubeen Garg has confirmed that the voice in a viral audio clip that used ‘insulting’ words against Bharat Ratna, highest civilian honour awarded in the country, is his, in a strong post on Instagram. The singer’s reaction comes after he was booked for the comments. 

Zubeen’s comments had come in the wake of legendary singer-musician from Assam, Bhupen Hazarika, being honoured with the prestigious Bharat Ratna honour last week.

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The singer, who is known for the chartbuster ‘Ya Ali’ from 'Gangster', among other hits, asserted that the voice was indeed his and that he has the courage to accept it. He stated that Hazarika should have got the honour when he was alive 10 years ago and called the decision to honour him ‘politically motivated’. 

Zubeen asked if the honour was a way to ‘suppress the Citizenship Amendment Bill.’ Calling himself a ‘tiger’, he stressed that is ‘ready to talk’ and willing to leave Assam if people hate him. 

Here's the post:


I m gifted for you. I gift myself to you. I m tired of th constant attempt of yours to destroy me. I have never betrayed anyone, never destroyed anyone, never deprived - then when it comes to me, why you try to tear me apart! You can't. I m strong. I stand on my own. I never begged. What I became I became on my own. What I had I gave all to my own people. Yes that was my voice. I don't deny. I have that courage to say. Yes I said it. But why I said it? Why after 8 years they will use his name to motivate us politically? Why this sudden love? He is beyond that. He lives with us. He should have got it 10 years back when he was alive. When he was alone, who stood with him? Why suddenly they gave this to him? To suppress the protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill? You should know it. Bhupen Mama is a gift, not a tool to be used for their political motivation. It can never be about Bhupen Mama, it is neither about Bharat Ratna. It is all about the politics behind that. I have a journey of decades amidst music n cinema n people. I know what does he mean. I know who he was. And thats why it kills me when I see him being used. You should have got the sentiment. But you wasted two days after me n forgot the issue. But i m still with the issue. I m honest enough in my work. I don't wanna prove anything to anyone. But I hate the dogs barking behind me. I m the tiger. I will be like that. Kharghuli is open for you. I m ready to talk. If you have anything, come n talk. And if you hate me this way, let me leave Assam. I can stay anywhere.

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 Zubeen earlier this month had written to Assam Chief Minister  Sarbananda Sonowal on January 8 threatening to launch an agitation if the controversial bill isn’t scrapped. 

READ: 'Can I Get The Votes Back That You Earned Using My Voice In 2016?': Singer Zubeen Garg Writes Open Letter To Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal Over Citizenship Bill

A First Information Report (FIR) was lodged against Zubeen at Lanka Police Station in Hojai district of Assam on Saturday by  Satya Ranjan Borah, State Vice President of the BJP, Kisan Morcha, Assam. 

Borah wrote in a Facebook post, “I don’t have any personal problem with Zubeen Garg, but the way he has been behaving cannot be accepted for a healthy and cultured Assamese society.” 

He added that the FIR has been lodged for “defaming, disrespecting and insulting nation’s highest recognition the Bharat Ratna and defaming and insulting voice and pride of Assam late Bhupen Hazarika accordingly with some unparliamentary and anti-social words.” 

According to reports, another case was registered against Zubeen by a Guwahati resident. 



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