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'Peepal 918': A symbol of Indo-Pak bonhomie at Jammu’s border village

'Peepal 918': A symbol of Indo-Pak bonhomie at Jammu’s border village

By Vishal Bharti

Octroi Post (Suchetgarh), Nov 26 (UNI) Decades of ‘sweet and sour’ relations have gone by but ‘Peepal 918’—located at ‘No Man’s Land’ still stands tall as a symbol of peace and bonhomie between India and Pakistan along International Border here, some 30-kilometres from Jammu City.

'Peepal Tree', believed to be sacred in Indian Hindu Mythology and often associated with Gods or Goddesses, is also associated with ‘Yama’, the ‘God of death’ and the tree is often planted outside the village near crematoriums but, ‘Peepal 918’, on International Border shares both India-Pakistan boundaries and is a messenger of harmony and love.

Although man created pillars to divide boundaries of both the nations but ‘Peepal Tree’ having marked ‘918’ on it, shares both the boundaries as it is grown at ‘no man’s land’ at Octroi Post in Suchetgarh sector of Ranbir Singh Pura.

The tree, since decades is spreading a message of peace and bonhomie among the visitors’, who remain spellbound on seeing the 'Peepal Tree' grown naturally on the boundaries of both India and Pakistan.

The roots and branches of 'Peepal' spreads on both the sides.

Jammu and Kashmir Government is also planning to promote Suchetgarh on the pattern of Wagah Border in Amritsar to woo tourists and give boost to the border tourism.

'I often come to Jammu to visit Katra for Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine but for the first time, visited to the border and found this Peepal tree very fascinating,' Shashank Choudhary from Haryana told UNI here.

He, however, said he was mesmerised on seeing the tree having no boundary growing on ‘no man’s land’ sharing love, affection and warmth from both sides.

This is what actually is named as "Kudrat Ka Karishma", said the tourist.

Nikita Achalgaokar from Mumbai, who has been to the border for the first time with her family while sharing her experiences, said, 'I never saw border so closely. I am surprised that what divides us and why we have so much of hatred for each other when we look same, wear similar clothes, speak almost same language.'

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