Frenemies at the Gates

This is our entry in The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Gate.

Each day since 1959, the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers have had an official lowering of the flag ceremony (Beating Retreat) at the Wagah international border between the two countries. The ceremony is a mock-aggressive, well-choreographed (and infinitely negotiated) competition between the two different groups. Participating soldiers are chosen for their height, physique, and performance abilities.  The ceremony includes colorful uniforms, goose-stepping marching maneuvers, loud commands, lowering of each country’s flag at exactly the same rate, a formal handshake, and, finally, slamming the gates in the face of one another. This is all performed in front of large enthusiastic crowds on each side of the border and is accompanied by music.  We took the following pictures from the Indian side when we were there on October 24, 2014. We were very sad to learn that 60 people were killed and 110 injured by a suicide bomber one week later.

Specs are: Olympus TG-3 with telephoto adapter, ISO 200,  f/4.9, 1/60 sec, 18mm

Specs are: Olympus TG-3 with telephoto adapter, ISO 200, f/4.2, 1/30 sec, 13.5mm

 

 

 

 

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