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The taste of India

So far, communal divides prevented us from eating together. Now, our nationalism is being judged by what we eat.

There are now more than one billion of us, Indian citizens. And we together celebrate August 15 as the day we won our freedom. Men, women and children through the length and breadth of the subcontinent took part in the Indian freedom movement.

The immediate cause of the first great war of Indian independence in 1857 was the revolt of Indian soldiers in the British army upon discovering that when they bit the paper to open the cartridge of the new Enfield rifles, they were swallowing pork and beef grease covering the bullets to keep them dry. The British had offended the religious sensibilities of both Muslims and Hindus and united them in a massive uprising. India's first war of independence began in May 1857 and has been

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