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Sonia Gandhi
How India beat the odds

++++++++++++++++++++ || || ++++++++++++++++++++ At midnight on Aug. 15, 1947, a new, independent India was born on a subcontinent racked with violence, ripped apart by a bloody partition. It came into being as flames blazed across the land, as corpse-laden trains crossed the frontier to and from the just-created nation of Pakistan, and as weary Sikh, Hindu and Muslim refugees abandoned everything they had ever had in one part of the region to seek the hope of a new life in the other. Circumstances less propitious for a fledgling nation could scarcely have been imagined. Yet six decades later, the India that emerged from the wreckage of the British Raj is the world's largest...

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