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[Editorial] India—a tale of one country, but stories of many states

Colonialism leaves disfiguring scars among those who are colonised. Few countries inflicted such deep wounds as Britain did during its centuries-long colonial rule of India. Understanding the history of colonialism and its consequences is therefore essential if one is to understand the predicaments of nations today. This week, The Lancet publishes the most comprehensive assessment yet of India’s present health predicaments. But India’s contemporary challenges in alleviating its burden of disease must first be examined in the context of Britain’s colonial legacy.

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