‘United by history but divided by rivalry,’ Wagah Border is the story of two neighbouring countries India and Pakistan. It’s the India-Pakistan border, which is situated in Punjab. Pakistan parted ways with India immediately after ‘British Raj’ on August 15, 1947. Since my childhood, I have been accustomed to hear many stories about India-Pakistan war as my paternal and maternal grandparents belonged to Pakistan.
In 1947, soon after the partition news broke out, my grandparents along with their families relocated to India. I still have fond memories of my grandmother narrating me various spine-chilling stories of partition. She would often tell me how they travelled bare foot to India and were food deprived. Such was the situation that while refugees were on their way to India, the water in the wells was also poisoned and contaminated. My grandmother’s stories become more impactful as I recently travelled to Wagah border.
Before entering the main gate of the Wagah border, travellers have to go through an extremely strict security check-in. One can enjoy the 25-minute long parade with intermittent food service and refreshments under the scorching heat. My journey to Wagah Border was one of a kind experience when I witnessed thousands of Indians roaring and shouting slogans of ‘Hindustaan Zindabad.’ It was a task for me to articulate my thoughts as the thrill of experiencing world’s most energetic border can’t be described so easily. The magnanimity of the enthusiasm that Indians exhibited during the Wagah Border ceremony was beyond my comprehension; it certainly superseded my expectations.
With a backdrop of patriotic songs like Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani’, ‘Chak De! India’, ‘Kehte hai hum ko pyaar se Indiawaale,’ the energy levels of the crowd was infectious. By the end of the parade, the Indian and Pakistani jawaans engage in flag-lowering ceremony, which takes place two hours before sunset.
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