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2007-07-27 09:30:00

VARANASI, India -- WITH HER EYES sealed, Ramedi cupped the murky water of the Ganges River in her hands, lifted them toward the sun and prayed for her husband, her 15 grandchildren and her bad hip. She, like India's other 800 million Hindus, has absolute faith that the river she calls Ganga Ma can heal. Around Ramedi, who like some Indians has only one name, people converged on the riverbank in the early morning, before the day's heat set in. Women floated necklaces of marigolds on a boat of...


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