Jun 9 2015
When Pakistan and India are not warring neighbours, they coexist as wary friends, threatening each other daily at the Wagah border. Real soldiers enact a theatre of national machismo during the flag-lowering ceremony.
NO two nations in the world are as proud of their armed forces as Pakistan and India. These armies are more than swords; they are sceptres of national sovereignty.Wars bring out the worst in humans, and the best in singers. World War II produced the British Vera Lynn, whose poignant song “We'll meet again,” gave hope to those who feared they might never see their families or motherland again.
In the subcontinent, Lata Mangeshkar, to honour Indians martyred in the 1962 Sino-Indian war, sang, “Aye mere watan ke logo,” before a New Delhi audience, including Prime Minister Pandit Nehru. He was moved to tears, declaring: “Those who don't feel inspired by ‘Aye mere watan ke logo’ don't deserve to be called a Hindustani”.