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Opinion: What Stephen Hawking taught a young Kashmiri boy about health policy

As a boy in Kashmir, I had trouble finding heroes. But I discovered one when I first read Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time."
Physicist Stephen Hawking died Wednesday at age 76. Source: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

As a middle-school student in Kashmir, a small Himalayan state riddled with international territorial conflict, I had trouble finding heroes. But I discovered one when I first read “A Brief History of Time,” Stephen Hawking’s groundbreaking book on the study of the universe. That book, and others of his, told me about possibilities that might lie outside the immediate

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