SHILLONG, Aug 10: In line with the infamous Wagah Indo- Pak retreat ceremony, India and Bangladesh is all set to start the Indo – Bangla retreat ceremony within two months time at Dawki in Meghalaya.
“We (BSF) and Bangladesh are very eager for the retreat ceremony to start which will begin in two months time,” said BSF Commandant Meghalaya Frontier, SR Khan on Thursday.
This retreat ceremony will be similar to the Wagah border retreat ceremony in Amritsar between India and Pakistan where, hundreds of people gather not only to see the retreat ceremony where BSF soldiers kick high in the air, but also to revel in patriotic fervour amidst an animated crowd.
The drill is characterized by elaborate and rapid dance-like maneuvers, which has been described as ‘colourful’. It is alternatively a symbol of the two countries’ rivalry, as well as brotherhood and cooperation between the two nations.
However, unlike Wagha, the retreat ceremony with Bangladesh will be more towards improving bilateral and military ties besides raising the bar of tourism to new levels.
“The retreat ceremony will strengthen ties not just between the two border guarding force but the two nations,” said Khan.
Giving an account of the progress in the infrastructure build up for the event, Khan said, “We have completed almost everything from our end and also set up an auditorium where visiting tourist will be treated with patriotic movies and more”.
“Currently we are working on the seating arrangement,” Khan added.
Talking about the preparedness of Bangladesh for the ceremony, Khan said, “Our counterpart are as eager as us but it’s the rain that has disrupted their work and hence the delay”.
“Once the rain subsides and work resumes, we will start the ceremony within two months,” Khan added.