Nandita Das

People separated by an imaginary line and barbed wires

  • August 1, 2005

Tomorrow I am going to the Wagah border along with a few diehard optimists like Kuldip Nayar from India and Asma Jehangir from Pakistan.

Every year on 14th August a special event is organized at the (Wagah Border) India-Pakistan border. It starts after the dramatic change of ground ceremony (sometime late evening) and carries on till about 2 am. People separated by just an imaginary line (and barbed wires in some places) celebrate the Independence Day of Pakistan on the 14th followed by India on the15th. I have been wanting to be a part of this collective celebration ever since it started, 10 years ago and finally this year I will be there with over 5 lakh people to reaffirm our faith in peace and harmony! More when I come back.

Virata Parvam


Director: Udugula Venu

Language: Telugu

Character Name: Shakuntala

Key Cast: Kundan Alexzed, Chakrapani Ananda, Banerjee

Feastivals and Awards: NA

Film Stills: 9

BTS: 11