It’s a significant moment on a festive occasion but the impact could be larger if Pakistan wants the same!
‘The non-violent resistor not only avoids external, physical violence, but he avoids internal violence of spirit. He not only refuses to shoot his opponent, but he refuses to hate him. And he stands with understanding, goodwill at all times’.
― Martin Luther King Jr
-The exchange of sweets and pleasantries is an informal routine between Indian and Pakistani troops in an otherwise cold formal atmosphere, yet the spread of the same can be more in case Pakistan desires. The India–Pakistan Border, known locally as the International Border (IB), is an international border running between Pakistan and India. The border runs from the Line of Control (LoC), which separates India and Pakistan in the north, to Sir Creek in Rann of Kutch between Gujarat and the Sindh province of Pakistan in the south. Drafted and created based upon the Radcliffe line in 1947, the border, which divides Pakistan and India from each other, traverses a variety of terrains ranging from major urban areas to inhospitable deserts. Since the independence of India and Pakistan (see British India), the border has been a site of numerous conflicts and wars between each country, and is one of the most contested borders in the world. The border’s total length is 2320 km 3,323 km. But on the festive occasions such as Baisakhi, Diwali and Eid’s this contested border/IB also becomes a place at various meeting points where the troops from both sides gather and sweets are exchanged with pleasantries in a very cordial manner and of course the warm gestures of good will. A similar thing happened on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha when the men in uniform from both the countries met for the purpose of exchanging sweets and goodwill, it was for the first time after the ghastly Pulwama attack when such an occasion was organized. So may the forces of evil become confused as the two armies for a change sit calm on the frontiers but a few things, all emanating from Pakistan do tend to make matters sour. To really change the world, we have to help people change the way they see things. It is all for the betterment but still is a mental process, not one that requires huge sums of money or a high level of authority. Change has to be psychological. So if you want to see real change, stay persistent and stuck to the decisions taken. For example the one on ceasefire was great. But it should be the Pak Generals saying now, let us reach out to the people and show them an abundance of goodwill. We must, however, learn to identify manipulations as well and uncover maneuvers in the dark if we do not want to be tricked by lying eyes. By the way the same can happen if Pakistan gets rid of the ridiculous past and surges ahead for a better tomorrow. Today international relations are all about this and not as I say ballistic fury and pumped up fists’!
At this very moment enormous numbers of intelligent men and women of goodwill are trying to build a better world. But problems are born faster than they can be solved. This in this part of the planet happens only when Pakistan goes for some serious misadventures. I am saying so because history is replete with examples of the same. But there is always a tide of affairs in the lives of the nations and may be ( mind you readers, just may be) the ceasefire was a step in this direction though the internal matrix inside Pakistan remains the same with terror camps still intact and infiltration bids happening though the attempts have dropped considerably, then technology backed drone intrusions into Jammu, of course the gun running which still is a persistent affair and the killing of innocents in the interiors of Kashmir followed by encounters and firefights. Volatile things to a larger extent are under control and the borders/LOC is silent. Amidst this the exchange of sweets the occasion was a soothing phenomenon. The difference between darkness and brightness is how you thrive on those moments and how you use such circumstances with goodwill in your spirit. This indeed was one such occurrence.
It is peace in which everything good survives and thrives. Pakistan never believed in that but it could be that it is trying, not easy but can be done. True intention is communicated nonverbally. It is set by our psyche. If our intention is not at a level that is gracious, compassionate, and loving then no amount of sweet talk will ever convince the recipient of our goodwill. On the other hand, if our inner-being radiates peace and unselfish care then our presence will have a reassuring, uplifting, and healing effect, no matter what we say or omit to say. The recipient of our words will have a tendency to respect and appreciate us and will gravitate towards us. Everyone hopes that this feeling has percolated down the minds and hearts of the military generals and political leadership across.
Anyway the Eid was a great occasion to once again gather on the border/LOC to exchange sweets wrapped in splendid colorful hampers. I’m sure that from Pakistan the delicacies such as andrasa, bal mithai, plain barfi , besan barfi, pista barfi (all names derived from the Persian word barf which means snow, since barfi is similar to ice/snow in appearance, this is why it is served cold), Karachi halwa, shakar pare etc would have been included and from the Indian side the tongue tickling sensations such as, balu shahi. ghevar, gulab jamun, imarti, jalebi, kaju katli, kalakand, laddu, motichoor laddu, Raj Bhog, Rasgulla etc must be on the menu. Needless to mention the words exchanged too must have been great. Losing the trust is losing the goodwill and respect and this is the syndrome that Pakistan finds itself in. It’s time to turn things around.
I. What happened on the IB/LOC:
As I earlier mentioned this is the first exchange of sweets between the two border guarding forces after the Pulwama terror attack in 2019 when 40 CRPF personnel were martyred after which India suspended the exchange of sweets with Pakistani troops on festivals. The Indian Army and Border Security Force (BSF) on the Eid festival exchanged sweets with the Pakistan Army and Rangers respectively on the Line of Control (LOC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Army exchanged sweets with its Pakistani counterpart at five places on the LOC, whereas the BSF offered sweets to the Pakistan Rangers at six places on the IB. The Indian army said it was a gesture for promoting peace, harmony and compassion in the true spirit of the Eid festival.
India and Pakistan Armies held a Flag meeting and exchanged sweets at Kaman Aman Setu, Uri and Tithwal Crossing on Kishanganga River in Tangdhar, Kupwara. The event has been held when both the Armies have been strictly following the ceasefire agreement on the LOC.
Sweets were also exchanged at Poonch-Rawalakot Crossing Point and Mendhar-Hotspring Crossing Point in district Poonch.
The ceremony is seen as an enhanced confidence building measure in the backdrop of ongoing ceasefire between both the countries.
Greetings and best wishes of peace and harmony were conveyed to the Pak Army reps from Indian Army.
The gesture was appreciated by both the Armies and is expected to further promote good will and mutual trust.
The BSF and Pakistani Rangers also exchanged sweets along the International Border in Hiranagar, Samba, Ramgarh, RS Pura, Arnia and Pargwal sectors in Jammu division.
A senior Border Security Force (BSF) officer said, the festival of Eid-al-Adha was celebrated by border men on the Indo- Pak border. On this occasion, troops of BSF and Pakistan Rangers greeted each other and exchanged sweets.
He further said that there has not been cross-border shelling for a long time, and farmers on both sides of the border have been able to carry out their farming activities peacefully,
The gesture of the amorous exchange seemed to fulfill, for a time, the subject’s dream of total union with the loved being. The longing for consummation with the other… In this moment, everything was suspended, time, law, prohibition. nothing was exhausted, nothing was wanted, all desires were abolished, for they seemed definitively fulfilled… A moment of affirmation, for a certain time, though a finite one, a deranged interval, something had been successful. The only hope is that it becomes an infinite one. It can, if the Berlin wall could be brought down then anything can happen. A fleeting moment can become an eternity. From a past encounter everything may disappear in the dungeon of forgetfulness. A few furtive flashes or innocent twinkles can survive, though. Some immaterial details may remain marked in our memory, forever. Sweets leave a taste in the mouth, they have the capability of removing the bitterness, hopefully the ones exchanged on Eid-ul-Adha become a major trend setter for the future. It can if Pakistan plays ball!