September 20, at 2: By Hemant Singh Mar 1, Similar shows on a lesser scale can now be seen on the Ferozepur border also. This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. The Pakistani soldiers came next but minus the fanfare and took their flag away quietly. This is the border between India and Pakistan.
With free admission aside from transport the ceremony attracts enormous crowds of both locals, tourists and foreigners; however, on the Pakistani side, the crowds is a much more humble gathering.
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Recently I visited Wagah near Amritsar. Two soldiers from both sides were holding the flags. Every Indian should visit the Wagah border at least once. There has been enough enmity for 61 years and if the scale of that has to be lowered then surely this is not the way to do it.
The two flag posts are located contiguous to the boundary line between the two gates.
In earlier days the Indian soldiers would be towered over by the taller and sturdier Pakistani rangers but now India is up to speed and posts mostly exceptionally tall men here. What a show both sides put on! On subsequent visits in the seventies I saw Wagah become visjt more relaxed place and in the evenings the people of both Lahore and Amritsar would throng to it to wagwh the flag ceremony and to gape at and occasionally wave to each other.
It would be an understatement to say that things have changed. There are stalls selling the usual touristy items like T-shirts, caps, key chains and pictures of the Wagah border post. Nadia October 21, at 8: We were shown around the border post by a Sikh officer of the Border Security Force. We were told by the officer that because Pakistan had surrendered to the Indian forces, as per international convention, only India was allowed to lower the flag each evening ceremoniously.
September 18, at Whatever you would find interesting to write about would be interesting to read. Similar shows on a lesser scale can now be seen on the Ferozepur border also. The Pakistani soldiers came next but minus the fanfare and took their flag away quietly.
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Where is the Wagah Border? Afroze Raza on Rang Mahal School — old…. These changes were a surprise for me because I have seen the Wagah in its earlier peaceful avatar. There is a gate gisit the two countries.
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Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Love the films — its my aim to see this in May next year. September 23, at 3: Pankaj, I think a lot of people were surprised that women soldiers took part in the ceremony.
Later, the Indian and Pakistani flags were hoisted. The revival of the forces of democratization in Pakistan further encourages such hopes.
And as is the case with almost everything in Pakistan, the points of views are poles apart. September 20, at 9: When you enter the Wagah border through the arch, you will see a large photo of the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi and opposite to that, one of Mohammed Ali Jinnah. September 20, at September 22, at 8: I first visited this border post in early as a child. Proud peacocks ruffling feathers could not compete with what is going on at ground level in a display of exaggerated marching, high legs kicksstares and other highly coordinated manoeuvres.