A Man in Shadow

Aaron Favila / AP

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, center, is escorted by his security detail as they move outside the convention center after attending the East Asia Summit at Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Saturday Nov. 19, 2011

Nobody in Gah can quite remember when the village's most famous house was torn down. Today, only a canopy of acacia trees and a patch of garbage mark the spot where Manmohan Singh grew up, destined to become Prime Minister of India. His mother died when he was young, and his father was often away from this remote farming village, in a drowsy corner of what is now northeast Pakistan, leaving Singh and his several siblings in the care of grandparents.

Today, things haven't changed much for Gah. After Singh became...

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