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Changing the guard on the border of India and Pakistan

However, in this article we will talk about another attraction, which can be seen only eight kilometers from Amritsar – in the small village of Wagah on the Indo-Pakistan border.

Here the flagship ceremony and changing of the guard on both sides takes place every day. This spectacle is so exotic and bright that it attracts not only foreign tourists, but also gathers hundreds of spectators from among the inhabitants of both countries.

There is no need to describe the intricate procedure of changing the guard, it is replicated on the Internet in countless videos and photos. It should only give some explanation.

The ceremony from 1959 is repeated daily before sunset. Pakistani border guards are dressed in black and Indian in khaki uniforms. Red head ornaments are a distinctive mark of Sikhs, considered to be a militant people in India and are the backbone of the Indian army.

Highly raised during the march legs – a demonstration of the soles of the boots of the enemy, this behavior is considered offensive and provocative. The presence of whiskers, as well as tall stature and strong constitution, are indispensable conditions for the formation of a guard team on both sides.

Changing the guard on the border of India and Pakistan

Demonstrative and largely theatrical ceremony on the border of the two countries – the echo of the many years of armed confrontation between India and Pakistan, which continues to this day. The conflict between neighbors began in 1947, when two independent states arose on the site of the colony of British India – India and Pakistan. The separation occurred on the basis of religion: the majority of the population of Pakistan are Muslims, and India is Hindu.

The dispute is over the border province of Kashmir, where followers of both religions reside. As a result of three large-scale wars in 1947-1949, 1965 and 1971 and many local armed conflicts, approximately 2/3 of the territory of Kashmir fell under the control of India. However, the current situation does not suit both parties, relations between India and Pakistan remain tense.

It is precisely the tension of relations, the threat that is primarily felt at the sight of the soldiers of the two armies who are militantly lifting the legs. However, if we observe the ceremony carefully, we can conclude: without coordination or at least some general agreements between the two parties, this whole ceremony, resembling an attraction, would hardly be so entertaining. And if agreements are possible, then, in principle, reconciliation between the two countries is also possible.

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