Sidhu Moose Wala was an Indian rapper, politician and activist. He released three albums over his short life, latest of which is Moosetape, published in 2021. That’s the album that contains 295, a song full of meaning that people started to analyse carefully after his death, that occurred on 29/5 2022.
It could be just a coincidence, or maybe it isn’t. Because Sidhu didn’t die for natural causes. He was assassinated, and that song is a protest song that refers to his right to speak, and the battles he always had in his life, to express his ideas against a society that wants to keep his mouth shut.
In this article we will delve into the meaning of 295 lyrics and the message that Sidhu Moose Wala wanted to send through this song.
295 by Sidhu Moose Wala: the meaning of the lyrics
Section 295 of the Indian Penal Code regulates the acts that are aimed to offend the other’s religious beliefs. It’s therefore a law that the government can use against people who, according to them, doesn’t show enough respect to the national religion, especially in the form that are supported by the government.
Sidhu Moose Wala has tried to express his critic positions against the way religion is managed in India. In one case, he was accused of disrespectful speech when he referred to Mai Bhago, a legendary Sikh woman warrior who lived in the 17th century in India.
The song 295 is therefore a sad song that talks about the need people have in India to pay attention to what they say. Pure freedom of speech is a mirage, and whatever you will say publicly, you will get a lot of controversies. The painful verse that Sidhu Moose Wala keeps repeating in the chorus is: “If you speak the truth then you will get 295”, which can be interpreted as “if you try to express your ideas, they will put you in jail”.
Nit Controversy Create Milugi
Dharma De Naam Te Debate Milugi
Sach Bolega Taan Milu 295
Je Karega Tarakki Putt Hate Milugi
You’ll everyday get bag full of controversy
You will get debate in the name of religion
If you speak the truth then you will get 295
And if you will be succussed then you will get hatred
In the song, the author talks to a young boy (he refers at him as “son”), asking him why he looks so upset and silent. But he knows the answer: there are people out there who want to attack you, take the success out of your life, because of what you represent.
Kuch Aithe Chandi Chamkauna Chaunde Ne
Kuch Tainu Fadd Thalle Launa Chaunde Ne
Kuch Ek Aaye Aithe Bukhe Fame De
Naam Laike Tera Agge Aune Chaunde Ne
Some want to get popular
Some want to pull you down
Some have come here who are hungry of fame
They want to come in front by taking your name
The song is then a sad invite from Sidhu Moose Wala to avoid expressing your ideas freely. Nevertheless, we still have our dignity, and nobody can take that out of us. In the end of the song, the author addresses his interlocutor as “Moose”, hinting that he was actually the one upset and silent since the beginning.
Tu Dabb Gaya Duniya Ne Veham Paaleya
Uth Putt Jhoteya Oye Moose Waleya
Je Aivein Reha Geetan Vich Sach Bolda
Aaun Wali Peedhi Educate Milugi
The world has illusion that you have got suppressed
Get up my son, Moose
If you keep telling the truth like this in your songs
You will get the coming generation educated
295: the full lyrics and the translation
If you wish to read the original lyrics in Hindi and their english translation, we recommend the dedicated page on lyricstranslated.com, wher also the translations above come from.