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Did Sunita's star shine too brightly in the East?

Posted by Ralph Ranalli July 16, 2007 12:42 PM

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While Needham native and astronaut Sunita Williams was big news in Globe West, she was a bona-fide megastar in India, where news that space shuttle Atlantis' heat shield was damaged prompted demonstrations and eruptions of public prayers for her safety.

But should the half-Indian Williams have been embraced so worshipfully as an Indian hero? An article by Shekhar Hattangadi in Little India (which bills itself as "the largest circulated Indian magazine in the USA) has an interesting take.

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