Atari: Indian side name
Wagah: Pakistan side name.
The Flag lowering ceremony is held at the Atari border?
How often have you heard the word ATARI?
Hardly ever. The Media with its extra national loyalties, has always called it the Wagah border. Our politicians of the yore also took pride in calling it ‘The Wagah border’ Well! They had their own reasons.
But today we don’t have to toe the lies.
The place where the border check post is built was called Atari in honour of the great
Sardar Shyam Singh Atari
Sardar Shyam Singh Atari was a chief in the great Sikh Army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The history is filled with the stories of bravery of these brave and fearless Sardars who had defeated the coward Army of the marauders attacking India in the name of their religion from the west.
All offices of the Indian govt, like the immigration, customs etc. are are located in Atari.
The Pakistani administration, however, had named their side of the border as Wagah. Our appeasing politicians, (and you see them parroting similar lines even today), chose to refer to this place as the ‘Wagah’ border there by denying the honour to the great Sardar Shyam Singh.
Next time, when we wish to visit, or wish to refer to that Great place, let’s talk about it correctly and honour the name of our brave legend “ATARI”.
Many thanks to M K Baranwal OM for this eye opening post.