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Despite the headlines, most people are 'inherently decent'

Many years ago, while my wife and I were back in India for about a decade, we lived for a year in the city of Ghaziabad, near Delhi. Our house, a single-family bungalow, shared a wall with a friendly Muslim family: the Rahmans, perhaps the only Muslim family in our neighborhood. A low wall separated...

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