January 13, 2007 ☼ Foreign Affairs
This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.
Yet the part that the spectators used to most enjoy in the 25-minute exhibition of parade ground prowess was the ritualistic face-off.
But now, while the Pakistanis twitch moustaches and stare with eyes ablaze, the deadpan Indian troopers go through their paces without the dramatic frills.
â€œIt is no longer fun to watch the drill. It lacks the charge it had,â€ said Beant Singh, a villager from Atari on the Indian side of the border.
Lt Col Tariq Janjua, commanding officer of Pakistan Rangers at Wagah, is miffed by Indiaâ€™s spoiling of the show. â€œThe Indians should instead show their will for meaningful peace by stopping aggression in Kashmir and try to resolve real issues,â€ he said.[DT/Reuters]In typical Reuters fashion, it is somehow India’s fault.
Related Links:Toning down at Wagah; Michael Palin’s video of the drill as it used to be.
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