75 years after India's violent Partition, survivors can cross the border — virtually

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Ishar Das Arora, 83, watches a 3-D video of his birthplace in Pakistan, through a virtual reality device. Raksha Kumar/NPR

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NEW DELHI — First comes the melancholy twang of a South Asian sitar, plucking a ballad about nostalgia for childhood. Then the name of a faraway yet familiar place appears on a black screen, in Hindi. Suddenly the screen bursts into 3-D light, revealing a dusty street corner — one that Ishar Das Arora hasn’t seen in 75 years.

“It’s as beautiful

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