Life near the border between India and West Pakistan presents a strange contrast now. In?
GV Road leading to Amritsar and milestone
GV Buses lined up in terminal
SV People with belongings and children out of buses (2 shots)
GV Policemen control traffic
SV PAN..Donkey cart along roadway
GV Crowded side-street
GV Shops and street vendors (3 shots)
GV PAN..fruit market
SV Bananas being loaded on to stall
SV Young children buying bananas
SV PAN..Man carrying basket of vegetables on head
LV Golden temple
SV People on streets walking around temple pavement (2 shots)
SV Three off-duty soldiers walking in temple area
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Background: Life near the border between India and West Pakistan presents a strange contrast now. In Amritsar, holy city of the Sikh religion about 15 miles (24 kilometres) from the frontier, everything seems normal despite battle-ready Indian troops maintaining a 24-hour vigil in case of war with Pakistan.
The city's streets are crowded with shoppers and nothing is evident to disturb the flow of regular events.
This film, from Visnews cameraman Jadish Kapoor, illustrates the life in Amritsar proceeding normally as troops at battle stations witch the nearby border.
SYNOPSIS: Life near the border between India and West Pakistan presents strange contrast now. In Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikh religion, bout 15 miles from the frontier, life proceeds normally despite heavy troop build-ups in the area. Only a short distance away, Indian soldiers face the Pakistan army across the border as tension moves towards a possible war between the two countries.
Amritsar is the most important city in the Punjab state. During the war between India and Pakistan in 1965, the Indian army used Amritsar as a stepping stone during its push towards Lahore. Some of the city's industrial areas were bombed during the 1965 skirmishes, and the people are convinced that if another war were to start, their city would once again become a battle zone
At the city's Golden Temple, the people pray for continuing peace. Although trade has remained relatively steady, businessmen have reported a slight drop in profits. A few miles away, troops on both sides of the border are digging in for possible fighting -- but for the first-time visitor, there is nothing to indicate the nearby tension.