Border diary – Politics is the dominant theme, not religion

It is not about religion, but about politics. On Eid-ul-Zuha, the contrast between India’s eastern and western borders could not have been starker.

Traditionally, the Border Security Force (BSF) shares sweets with Pakistan Rangers as well as Border Guards Bangladesh (BGP) on Eid, Independence Day and other such festive occasions. It adds to the good spirit and helps maintain relations between the forces, as well as sort out some of the thornier issues of border management.

This Monday was, however, different.  In the aftermath of Kashmir, sulking Pakistan Rangers declined to receive sweets or exchange greetings with the BSF across international border posts.

At three posts in Punjab – Attari, Hussainiwala and Sadaqi – the BSF’s friendly overture was met with a cold reception from the Pakistanis. Read More

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