DAILY PHOTO: Flag Runners, Wagah Crossing

Taken in April of 2016 at the Wagah border crossing

Taken in April of 2016 at the Wagah border crossing

Taken at the Wagah (Attari) Border Crossing Retreat Ceremony. Kids running with the Indian flag toward the border with Pakistan. These were some of the more skilled flag wavers, which–oddly enough–meant they did less “waving” of the flag. Those who waved the flag tended to wrap it around the pole. These kids had technique, just hold on tight and run like the dickens.

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DAILY PHOTO: Dance off, Pakistan. Me & You

Taken on April 9, 2016 at the Wagah border crossing retreat ceremony

Taken on April 9, 2016 at the Wagah border crossing retreat ceremony

The universal gesture for "Come on, get up and dance, already!"

The universal gesture for “Come on, get up and dance, already!”


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Before the retreat ceremony at the Wagah crossing, there are patriotic festivities including a women-only session of dancing in the street. Why women only? I’d like to say that it’s just so that the message that Indian women are liberated is loud and clear–so that Pakistan will take note of it. However, I suspect that it also has to do with the large number of young Indian men who are… [how can I put this delicately] too horny to be trusted amid a crowd of gyrating females. [Of course, arguably, there’s probably a circularity problem. Being segregated perpetuates the issue.]

At any rate, like Kevin Bacon, they are attempting to dislodge the stick of ignorance. [See what I did there.]

DAILY PHOTO: Fancy Hats of the Wagah Crossing

Taken at the Wagah / Attari border crossing between India and Pakistan on April 9, 2016

Taken at the Wagah / Attari border crossing between India and Pakistan on April 9, 2016

 

A show of zeal and machismo

A show of zeal and machismo

 

Sergeant calls to the troops

Sergeant calls to the troops