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In the epic Mahabharata, Droņa (Sanskrit: द्रोण, Droņa) or Droņacharya or Guru
Guru
Droņa or Rajaguru Devadrona was the royal preceptor to the Kauravas
Kauravas
and Pandavas; an avatar of Brihaspati. He is the friend of Guru
Guru
Sukracharya, the teacher for Asura Mahabali. He was the son of rishi Bharadwaja
Bharadwaja
and a descendant of the sage Angirasa. He was a master of advanced military arts, including the divine weapons or Astras.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Birth and Early Life

2.1 Guru
Guru
Parushuram 2.2 Đroņä and Drupada

3 As a teacher

3.1 Arjuna, the favourite pupil 3.2 Treatment of Ekalavya
Ekalavya
and Karna

3.2.1 Ekalavya 3.2.2 Karna

3.3 Revenge upon Drupada

4 Sword of Drona 5 Dronacharya in the war

5.1 Abhimanyu's killing 5.2 Fourteenth Day

6 Dronacharya's death 7 Analysis and Modern Assessment 8 See also 9 References

9.1 Sources 9.2 Citations

Etymology[edit] Since Đroņä was not born from a womb, but from a vessel made of leaf, he was named 'Đroņä' which means 'vessel made of leaf'. Birth and Early Life[edit] The story of Đroņä's birth is related dramatically to the Mahabharata. Bharadwaja
Bharadwaja
řshi went with his companions to the Ganga River to perform his ablutions. There he was beheld by the beauty of a beautiful apsara named Ghritachi who had come to bathe. The sage was overcome by desire, causing him to produce semen involuntarily out of excitement. Bharadwaja
Bharadwaja
Muni captured the semen in a vessel called a Đroņa, and Đroņācharya himself sprang from the semen thus preserved and is the only recorded mythical human being who was created without a female egg (ovum).[1] Đroņächarya spent his youth in poverty, but studied Dharma
Dharma
and military arts such as archery, in which he gained expertise, together with the then prince of Panchala, Drupada
Drupada
in the gurukul of Rishi
Rishi
Bharadwaja. Drupada
Drupada
and Đroņācharya became close friends.[2] Đroņācharya married Kripi, the sister of Kripa, the royal teacher of the princes of Hastinapura. Like Drona
Drona
himself, Kripi
Kripi
and her brother had not been gestated in a womb, but outside the human body. Kripi
Kripi
and Đroņä had a son, Ashwatthama; Đroņa did penance so that his son would be as valiant as Shiva.[3] Guru
Guru
Parushuram[edit] Learning that Parasurama
Parasurama
was giving away his possessions to brahmanas, Đroņä approached him. Unfortunately, Parasurama
Parasurama
only had his weapons left. He offered to give Đroņä the weapons as well as the knowledge of how to use them. Thus, Đroņä obtained all of his weapons, and his title of 'acharya'.[4] Đroņä and Drupada[edit] For the sake of his wife and son, Đroņä desired freedom from poverty. Remembering a childhood promise given by Drupada, he decided to approach him to ask for help. However, King Drupada
Drupada
refused to even recognize their friendship, saying friendship was possible only between persons of equal stature in life. As a child, he said, it was possible for him to be friends with Đroņä, because at that time they were equals. But now Drupada
Drupada
had become a king, while Đroņācharya remained a luckless indigent. However, he said he would satisfy Đroņācharya if he asked for alms befitting a Brahmin, rather than claiming his right as a friend. Đroņä went away silently, but in his heart he vowed revenge.[5] As a teacher[edit] Drona
Drona
decides to continue Parashurama's legacy by starting his own school. He uproots his family and begins wandering Northern India. While at Hastinapur, he comes across the Kuru princes at play, and is able to use his abilities to help the princes solve some of their problems. Amazed, the princes go to their patriarch Bhisma
Bhisma
with news of this magician. Bhishma
Bhishma
instantly realized that this was Drona, and asked him to become the Guru
Guru
of the Kuru princes, training them in advanced military arts.[6] Arjuna, the favourite pupil[edit]

The test of Dronacharya

Of all the Kaurava
Kaurava
and Pandava
Pandava
brothers training under Drona, Arjuna emerged as the most dedicated, hard-working and most naturally talented of them all, exceeding even Drona's own son Ashwatthama. Arjuna
Arjuna
assiduously served his teacher, who was greatly impressed by his devoted pupil. Arjuna
Arjuna
surpassed Drona's expectations in numerous challenges.[7] As a reward, Drona
Drona
gave Arjuna
Arjuna
mantras to invoke the super-powerful divine weapon of Brahma
Brahma
known as Brahmāstra, but told Arjuna
Arjuna
not to use this invincible weapon against any ordinary warrior. When Arjuna, inspired by his brother Bhima's nocturnal eating, mastered archery in absolute darkness, Drona
Drona
was moved. Drona
Drona
was greatly impressed by Arjuna's concentration, determination, and drive, and promised him that he would become the greatest archer on earth. Drona
Drona
gave Arjuna
Arjuna
special knowledge of the divine Astras.[citation needed] Drona
Drona
was partial especially to Arjuna
Arjuna
and Ashwatthama. Drona
Drona
dearly loved his son Ashwatthama
Ashwatthama
and as a guru, he loved Arjuna
Arjuna
more than anyone. Treatment of Ekalavya
Ekalavya
and Karna[edit] Ekalavya[edit] A strong criticism of Dronacharya springs from his behavior towards Ekalavya
Ekalavya
and his strong bias in favor of Arjuna.[8] Ekalavya
Ekalavya
was the son of a Nishadha
Nishadha
chief , who came to Dronacharya for instruction. Dronacharya refused to train him along with the kṣatriya princes because Ekalavya
Ekalavya
was not a kṣatriya prince. In addition, Eklavya's father was a commander of the Kingdom of Magadha, which was ruled by Emperor Jarasandha. At that time, Jarasandha
Jarasandha
had been building an empire in East-India; relations between Hastinapur and Magadha
Magadha
were rough. Drona
Drona
feared that Eklavya would have become an unconquerable warrior for a rival army and felt an obligation to defend the land that gave him asylum, even at the cost of teacher-student ethics. Hence Drona
Drona
rejected the request of Eklavya to be his teacher. Ekalavya
Ekalavya
began study and practice by himself, having fashioned a clay image of Dronacharya. Solely by his determination, Ekalavya
Ekalavya
became a warrior of exceptional prowess, with abilities to be better than the young Arjuna. One day, a dog's barking disturbed a focused Ekalavya. Without looking, Ekalavya
Ekalavya
fired arrows that sealed up the dog's mouth. The Kuru princes saw this dog running, and wondered who could have done such a feat. They saw Ekalavya, who announced himself as a pupil of Drona. Arjuna
Arjuna
reported this to Drona. Drona
Drona
visited Ekalavya
Ekalavya
with the princes. Ekalavya
Ekalavya
promptly greeted Drona
Drona
as his guru. Heavily, Dronacharya asked Ekalavya
Ekalavya
for a Daksina. When Ekalavya
Ekalavya
promised anything, Dronacharya asked for Ekalavya's right thumb. Though his expression faltering, after confirming the request, Ekalavya unhesitatingly cut it off and handed it to Dronacharya, despite knowing that this would irreparably hamper his archery skills. Cunningly Drona
Drona
both defends his promise to Arjuna
Arjuna
as well as his obligation to protect Hastinapur
Hastinapur
by disarming a potential threat. Karna[edit] Dronacharya similarly rejected Karna
Karna
who had already terrific skill, as he was a son of a charioteer and not a Kshatriya. The school established by Dronacharya belonged only to princes of Hastinapura
Hastinapura
and its allies. Humiliated, Karna
Karna
vowed to learn nonetheless, and obtained the knowledge of weapons and military arts from Drona's own teacher Parasurama. Parasurama
Parasurama
trained Karna
Karna
and gifted entire knowledge of divine weapons and Astra's including Vijaya (bow) and declared Karna equal to himself in the art of warfare. In some additions it is said that karna was trained by drona but when he demanded to learn brahmastra from drona , he refused to teach him seeing his jealousy towards Arjuna. Later karna went to learn brahmastra from lord Parshuram disguised as a Brahmin. Revenge upon Drupada[edit]

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On completing their training, Dronacharya asked the Kauravas
Kauravas
to bring him Drupada
Drupada
bound in chains. Duryodhana, Duḥśāsana, Yuyutsu, Vikarna, and the remaining Kauravas
Kauravas
attacked Panchal with the Hastinapur
Hastinapur
army. They failed to defeat the Panchal army, whereupon Dronacharya sent Arjuna
Arjuna
and his brothers for the task. Arjuna
Arjuna
defeated Drupada, as ordered. Dronacharya took half of Drupada's kingdom, thus becoming his equal. He forgave Drupada
Drupada
for his misdeeds, but Drupada
Drupada
desired revenge. He performed a Yajña to have a son who would slay Dronacharya and a daughter who would marry Arjuna. His wish was eventually fulfilled and thus were born Dhṛṣṭādyumna, the slayer of Dronacharya, and Draupadī, the consort of the Pandavas. Sword of Drona[edit] Drona
Drona
held the invincible sword of Lord Brahma. Bhishma
Bhishma
once told the story of this sword to Pandava
Pandava
prince Nakula. This sword was the primordial weapon created by the gods for the destruction of evil. The name of the sword was Asi, the personification and the primary energy behind all the weapons ever created. As per Bhishma, the constellation under which the sword was born is called Krittika, Agni
Agni
is its deity, Rohini is its Gotra, Rudra
Rudra
is its high preceptor and whoever holds this weapon obtains sure victory.[9] Dronacharya in the war[edit]

Dronacharya became the Chief Commander
Commander
of the Kuru Army for 5 days of the war.

Dronacharya had been the preceptor of most kings involved in the Kurukshetra War, on both sides. Dronacharya strongly condemned Duryodhana
Duryodhana
exiling the Pandavas, as well as the Kauravas' general abuse towards the Pandavas. But being a servant of Hastinapura, Dronacharya was duty-bound to fight for the Kauravas, and thus against his favorite Pandavas. After the fall of Bhishma
Bhishma
on the tenth day, he became the Chief Commander
Commander
of the Kuru Army. Duryodhana
Duryodhana
manages to convince Drona
Drona
to try and end the war by capturing Yudhishthira. Though he killed hundreds and thousands of Pandava
Pandava
soldiers, Drona
Drona
failed to capture Yudhishthira
Yudhishthira
on days eleven and twelve of the war, as Arjuna
Arjuna
was always there to repel his advances.[10] Abhimanyu's killing[edit]

The Pandavas' nephew Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu
battles the Kauravas
Kauravas
and their allies

On the 13th day of battle, Dronacharya formed the Chakravyuha
Chakravyuha
strategy to capture Yudhishtira, knowing that only Arjuna
Arjuna
and Krishna
Krishna
would know how to penetrate it. The Trigartas were distracting Arjuna
Arjuna
and Krishna
Krishna
into another part of the battlefield, allowing the main Kuru army to surge through the Pandava
Pandava
ranks. Unknown to many, Arjuna's young son Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu
had the knowledge to penetrate the formation but didn't know the way out. At the request of Yudhishthira, Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu
agreed to lead the way for the Pandava
Pandava
army and was able to penetrate the formation. However, he was trapped when Jayadratha, the king of Sindhu, held the Pandava
Pandava
warriors who were following him, at bay. Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu
did not know how to get out of the Chakra Vyuham, but embarked upon an all-out attack on the Kuru army, killing tens of thousands of warriors single-handedly. Drona
Drona
is impressed with Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu
and praises him endlessly, earning the ire of Duryodhana. With his army facing decimation, and spurred on by Duryodhana's criticisms, Drona
Drona
asked the Kaurava
Kaurava
maharathis to simultaneously attack Abhimanyu, to strike down his horses and his charioteer and to disable his chariot from different angles. Left without support, Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu
began fighting from the ground.Exhausted after his long, prodigious feats, Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu
was eventually killed by Karna. All this was the violation of the rules of war, whereby a lone warrior may not be attacked by more than one, and not at all if he is disabled or without chariot. Drona
Drona
is heavily criticized for allowing this violation in his army.[8] Fourteenth Day[edit] The devious murder of his son enraged Arjuna, who swore to kill Jayadratha
Jayadratha
the next day or immolate himself. Drona
Drona
constructed 3 combined vyuhas to protect Jayadratha, first was the Shakata vyuha then was Padma Vyuha and last was the Srigantaka vyuh and at its rear was Jayadratha
Jayadratha
and stood at the head of the box formation or shakata vyuh In the early part of the day, Arjuna
Arjuna
and he duel, and Arjuna
Arjuna
is unable to bypass his preceptor. With Krishna's prodding, Arjuna
Arjuna
circumvents Drona. When Drona
Drona
asks him why he won't fight, Arjuna
Arjuna
tells Drona
Drona
that he sees Drona
Drona
not as an enemy, but as his teacher. Smiling, Drona gives Arjuna
Arjuna
permission to leave, and blesses him with victory. Arjuna managed to kill Jayadratha
Jayadratha
with Pashupadastra as Jayadratha
Jayadratha
was given a boon by his father that for whoever his head would fall to the ground ,would be reduced to ashes.Jayadratha's father was killed as his head fell on his meditating father's lap and on seeing the head he stood up and the head fell down causing the death of Jayadratha's father also. When Duryodhana
Duryodhana
rages at Drona, Drona
Drona
replies that he isn't Jayadratha's bodyguard, and that he intends to capture Yudhishthira
Yudhishthira
while Arjuna
Arjuna
is away.[11] In a notable battle, Drona
Drona
attempts to capture Yudhishthira, and is stopped by Dhristadyumna. Drona
Drona
severely wounds his friend's son, disarming him and forcing him to retreat. When he attempts to chase after Dhristadyumna, he is checked by Satyaki, who insults his teacher's teacher and issues a challenge. Their combat is described as fierce and despite being able to hold off Drona
Drona
for several hours, Satyaki
Satyaki
eventually tires and has to be rescued by the Upapandavas.[11] Later in the day, Yudhishthira
Yudhishthira
sends Satyaki
Satyaki
to aid Arjuna. When Satyaki
Satyaki
comes upon Drona, he circumvents him, saying he must follow in his teacher's footsteps. When Yudhishthira
Yudhishthira
later sends Bhima, Drona recounts what happened with Arjuna
Arjuna
and Satyaki, and tells Bhima
Bhima
he won't give him the same permission. Angrily rebuking him, Bhima shatters Drona's chariot with his mace. Drona
Drona
takes up another chariot, only for Bhima
Bhima
to smash that one as well. In total, Bhima smashes eight of Drona's chariots. Dronacharya's death[edit]

Death of Dronacharya

On the 15th day of the Mahabharata
Mahabharata
war, Drona
Drona
is instigated by Duryodhana's remarks of being a traitor. Sensing his end is near, he used the Brahmastra
Brahmastra
against the common Pandava
Pandava
soldiers. Later he invoked the Brahmanda astra; Drona
Drona
never imparted this knowledge to anyone, even Arjuna
Arjuna
and Ashwatthama. At that moment, all the Sapta Ṛṣis appeared on the sky and requested Drona
Drona
to retract this ultimate weapon otherwise because of the rampant destruction it would cause. Dronacharya obeyed, retracting the weapon. The rishis continue and berate Drona
Drona
for violating the rules of war, criticizing him for using divine weapons so indiscriminately. Drona
Drona
reiterates that he is sworn to do all his can to protect Hastinapur, and that, moreover, he wants to do so for all that Dhritarashtra
Dhritarashtra
has given him.[11] On that day, Drona
Drona
kills many Pandava
Pandava
soldiers, including Virat in arrow-play and Drupada
Drupada
in a sword fight. Lamenting the deterioration of their friendship, Drona
Drona
pays his respect to Drupada's corpse.

Bhima
Bhima
kill elephant named asvatthama, By Artist Sadiq from Razmnama

Knowing it would be impossible to defeat an armed Drona, Krishna suggested to the Pandavas
Pandavas
a plan to disarm their teacher. Lord Krishna suggested that Bhima
Bhima
kill an elephant by name Ashwatthama
Ashwatthama
and claim to Dronacharya that he has killed Dronacharya's son Ashwatthama. After killing the elephant, Bhima
Bhima
loudly proclaimed that he had killed Ashwatthama. Disbelieving him, Drona
Drona
approached Yudhishthira, knowing of Yudhishthira's firm adherence to Dharma
Dharma
and honesty. When Dronacharya asked for the truth, Yudhishthira
Yudhishthira
responded with the cryptic ' Ashwatthama
Ashwatthama
is dead. But it is an elephant and not your son'. Krishna
Krishna
also knew that it was not possible for Yudhishthira
Yudhishthira
to lie outright. On his instructions, the other warriors blew trumpets and conchs, raising a tumultuous noise in such a way that Dronacharya only heard that " Ashwatthama
Ashwatthama
was dead", but could not hear the latter part of Yudhishthira's reply. In other versions of the story, it is told that, Drona, in grief, simply doesn't process the final part of Yudhishthira's statement, or Yudhishthira
Yudhishthira
was simply not loud enough in purpose when he spoke the latter part of his words.[citation needed][12]

Death of Drona
Drona
from razmnama.

Since Ashwatthama
Ashwatthama
was born to become a chiranjivi, Drona
Drona
descended from his chariot, laid down his arms and sat in meditation. Closing his eyes, his soul went to heaven in search of Ashwatthama's soul. Dhrishtadyumna
Dhrishtadyumna
took this opportunity and beheaded the Drona's corpse, in a gross violation of the rules of war. Analysis and Modern Assessment[edit] Drona
Drona
is a figure for analysis in many academic texts. In particular, his partiality towards Arjuna
Arjuna
is frequently examined. Drona's demand of guru dakshina from Ekalavya, in the form of his right thumb, is also scrutinized. This treatment of Eklavya, as well as his rebuking of Karna, is criticized as being biased against lower castes. In some folklore, Sarasvati
Sarasvati
cursed Dronacharya with an unarmed and humiliating death for Drona's actions. Sarasvati
Sarasvati
said that knowledge belonged to all, and that it was an acharya's duty to spread that knowledge everywhere.[11] Despite whatever reasons he gave, Drona cheated Ekalavya
Ekalavya
and Karna
Karna
to achieve something for himself-to protect his promise to Arjuna
Arjuna
that he would make Arjuna
Arjuna
the world's greatest archer, as well as his oath to Hastinapur. Drona
Drona
was somewhat parallel to Bhishma
Bhishma
both in martial prowess, and, compelled by the refuge they had given him, in his unwavering commitment to fighting for Hastinapur
Hastinapur
irrespective of who the ruler was and whether or not the cause was just. Like Bhishma, Drona
Drona
is criticized for his pride and conceit, siding with adharma despite knowing of and acknowledging the righteousness of the Pandava
Pandava
cause. Krishna
Krishna
criticized this reasoning as mere pride- Drona
Drona
wanted to put his obligation to Hastinapur
Hastinapur
over dharma so that no one questioned his honor.[13] Criticism is leveled at Drona
Drona
for remaining a mute spectator and not having protested the humiliation of Draupadī by Dushasana
Dushasana
and Duryodhana
Duryodhana
following the fateful game of dice. Similarly, Dronacharya was criticized for many of his actions during the war:[13]

First, as a Brahmin, and secondly, as the princes' teacher, he should have removed himself from the battlefield. Dronacharya tried to use divine weapons against the Pandavas' common foot-soldiers. As he does so, a voice from the heavens told him not to use divine weapons so carelessly. However, Drona
Drona
argued that his first obligation was to defeating his enemy and defending his soldiers, by whatever means he possessed. His responsibility for the devious and brutal murder of Abhimanyu, as he was the Kaurava
Kaurava
army chief at the time.

Droncharya's overarching actions during the war are portrayed differently. When he became commander-in-chief, the rules of war were averted. Divine weapons were used against ordinary soldiers, war continued throughout the night, warriors no longer engaged each other one-on-one, etc. Specifically, he was willing to try to end the war by capturing Yudhishthira, while Karna
Karna
was not, as he considered it lacking honor. In some versions of the Mahabharatha, this evidence is used to justify the caste system, as the point is subtly made that the reason why Drona
Drona
was willing to break the rules of war and engage in less honorable acts was because he was a brahmin, not a kshatriya. He is compared directly to Karna, who, not even knowing that he was a kshatriya, still intuitively understood the kshatriya code/way-of-life. In other versions, Drona's differences in strategy are shown as a difference in philosophy- Drona
Drona
believed, that as the commander-in-chief of the Kaurava
Kaurava
army, his goal was to ensure the protection of his soldiers through any means necessary. By choosing to uphold the rules of war and the concept of honorable acts over his soldiers' lives, he would be doing them a disservice.[13] He remains a revered figure in Hindu
Hindu
history, and a pillar of the Indian tradition of respecting one's teacher as an equal not only of parents, but even of God. The Government of India
Government of India
annually awards the Dronacharya Award
Dronacharya Award
for excellence in sports tutelage to the best sports teachers and coaches in India.[14] It is believed that the city of Gurgaon
Gurgaon
(literally - "Village of the Guru") was founded as " Guru
Guru
Gram" by Dronacharya on land given to him by Dhritarashtra, the king of Hastinapura
Hastinapura
in recognition of his teachings of martial arts to the princes, and the 'Dronacharya Tank', still exists within the Gurgaon
Gurgaon
city, along with a village called Gurgaon.[15] Indian Government (Haryana), on 12 April, decided to reinstate and change the name of Gurgaon
Gurgaon
to 'Gurugram'. See also[edit]

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References[edit] Sources[edit]

Wikisource: The Mahabharata, Book 1: Adi Parva/Sambhava Parva The Story of Drona
Drona
- the Teacher of Kauravas
Kauravas
and Pandavas Supereme Court of India
India
on Dronacharya: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-01-06/india/28378711_1_tribals-sc-bench-dronacharya

Citations[edit]

^ Pattanaik, Devdutt (2010-01-01). "18". Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata. Penguin Books India. p. 57. ISBN 9780143104254.  ^ Epic Mythology With Additions and Corrections By Edward Washburn Hopkins ^ Vishnu
Vishnu
Purana -Dräüņi or Asvathama as Next saptarishi Retrieved 2015-02-15 ^ The Mahabharata
Mahabharata
of Krishna
Krishna
Dwaipayana Vyasa
Vyasa
by Kisara Mohan Ganguly ^ Mahabharata, Book I: Ādi Parva, Sambhava Parva, Section CXXXII. ^ Pattanaik, Devdutt (2010-01-01). "19". Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata. Penguin Books India. p. 59. ISBN 9780143104254.  ^ Mahabharata, Book I: Ādi Parva, Sambhava Parva, Section CXXXV ^ a b Brodbeck, Simon, and Brian Black. Gender and Narrative in the Mahābhārata. London: Routledge, 2007. Print. ^ "Sword of Drona". Retrieved 13 May 2016.  ^ The Mahabharata, Book 7: Drona
Drona
Parva: Abhimanyu-badha Parva: Section XLVI ^ a b c d K M Ganguly(1883-1896). The Mahabharata, Book 7 Drona
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Parva sacred-texts.com, October 2003, Retrieved 2016-08-29 ^ "Ashvattama is dead" has become a proverbial phrase for a half-lie oder half-truth intended to confuse the opponent or the public. ^ a b c Brodbeck, Simon. The Mahābhārata Patriline: Gender, Culture, and the Royal Hereditary. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2009. Print. ^ Dronacharya Award ^ Gurgaon
Gurgaon
History Archived 13 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.

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Adi Sabha Vana Virata Udyoga Bhishma Drona Karna Shalya Sauptika Stri Shanti Anushasana Ashvamedhika Ashramavasika Mausala Mahaprasthanika Svargarohana Harivamsa

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Shantanu Ganga Bhishma Satyavati Chitrāngada Vichitravirya Ambika Ambalika Vidura Dhritarashtra Gandhari Pandu Kunti Madri Pandavas

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