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Goa's hippie pioneer dies in India's tourism mecca

• AP
When the 85-year-old, touted as the godfather of Goa's hippie scene, died last week in a beachside village in Goa, the west coast Indian state he had helped put on the travel map for global backpackers and stoners had long since turned its back on him and his kind.

Goa is now a top vacation and party destination, thronged by tourists hungry for its high-end hotels and chilled-out beaches. Along with the tourism has come wealth, helping Goa to be come one of India's wealthiest states in terms of per capita income.

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