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Jyoti Thottam, Sisters of Mokama

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Jyothi Thottam is a senior opinion editor at The New York Times. Her new book Sisters of Mokama is a history of six Catholic nuns from Kentucky who traveled to India in 1947 to set up a hospital there just as India was breaking free of English rule. Thottam’s own mother is one of the nurses who trained at the hospital, which still exists in a slightly different form today. We talk about what made this venture and the hospital so radical.

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07/28/21 - (EDT) - RANDALL, NY - Jyoti Thottam photographed in Randall, New York Photographed August 3, 2021. # 30258430A ( Photo by Damon Winter/ The New York Times )