Some Indian villages situated near the border with West Pakistan are going ahead with life as normal despite daily clashes elsewhere along the frontier.
Some Indian villages situated near the border with West Pakistan are going ahead with life as normal despite daily clashes elsewhere along the frontier. As the Indian Parliament in Delhi debates what they describe as the "massive build-up" of Pakistani troops, little anxiety was to be seen on Saturday (13 November) at Hindumalkot and Sujawalpur -- two villages where fighting was fierce during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War.
But the villages -- in the state of Rajasthan in North-West India -- were, according to Indian reports, only mile (kilometres) away from heavy Pakistani troop concentrations on the other side of the border.
SYNOPSIS: The Indian village of Hindumalkot....500 yards (metres) from the border with West Pakistan and scene of fierce fighting between the two countries in 1965 during the Kashmir dispute. But, on Saturday it was among the border villages apparently unaffected by reverberations of the East Pakistan crisis. Life, in fact, seemed to be going on as normal. Across the border -- according to Indian reports -- lies a heavy concentration of Pakistani troops. These include, the reports claim, many members of the paramilitary Pakistan Rangers.
As the Indian Parliament prepared to debate what they describe as the "massive build-up" of Pakistani troops along its borders, Hindumalkot showed no signs of anxiety. Shops in this North-West Indian village were open -- as were schools. Most of the recent border clashes have been happening more than 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometres) away at West Bengal's frontier with East Pakistan.
At Sujawalpur village about one mile (about one and half kilometres) from the border, the picture was very much the same. It seemed unmoved by Indian Defence Minister Jagjivan Ram's warning that a "great conflagration" could break out at any moment from the tensions of harbouring of nearly 10 million East Pakistani refugees.