With songs from Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala playing in his ears, Indian weightlifter Vikas Thakur was able to perform as well as he did in the Commonwealth Games.
With Moosewala’s murder, the first thing Thakur did after winning his third CWG medal on Tuesday was to pay tribute to his idol. His strong performance lifted a total of 346 kg (155 kg+191 kg) to finish second in the men’s 96 kg event.
Thakur, coming from the Rajput community in Himachal Pradesh, said that the Punjabi ‘thapi’ (thigh-five) was a tribute to Sidhu Moosewala.
On May 29, Punjab rapper-politician Harpal Singh was killed outside Mansa. He was 28 years old.
“He did not eat for two days,” said Thakur at PTI after winning his second CWG silver.
Not only this, as his fan-made poster of him standing beside Sidhu Moosewala on his Instagram account.
Thakur had won silver at the 2014 Glasgow games, while at the 2018 Gold Coast games he had won bronze.
He said, “I’ve never met him but his songs will be with me forever. Even before competing in the competition, I was listening to his numbers. I will always be a big fan of his and he would always say ‘Jor bina patta de thapi bajdi na’ on the thigh five (you have to give it your all to achieve something).”
“He will always remain my all-time favorite singer. His songs are always on my phone. Happy or sad, he (his numbers) always keeps me going,” he said, adding that “Everybody Hurts” is his current favorite when he’s down.