January 13, 2007Foreign Affairs

Measuring trust deficit (2)

The balanced score card of India-Pakistan relations

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

No Tone Down at Wagah (Photo: Daily Times)

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.

“It is no longer fun to watch the drill. It lacks the charge it had,” 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 India’s spoiling of the show. “The Indians should instead show their will for meaningful peace by stopping aggression in Kashmir and try to resolve real issues,” 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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