Julie McCarthy http://ktep.org en U.S. Spying Allegations Chafe An Already Angry India http://ktep.org/post/us-spying-allegations-chafe-already-angry-india Aiming for a fresh start in troubled U.S.-India relations, U.S. Sen. John McCain met with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/06/29/323327334/in-blogs-and-tweets-indias-new-leader-bemoans-lack-of-honeymoon">newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi</a> today in New Delhi. But McCain's two-day visit was overshadowed by reports that the U.S. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 43964 at http://ktep.org U.S. Spying Allegations Chafe An Already Angry India In Blogs And Tweets, India's New Leader Bemoans Lack Of 'Honeymoon' http://ktep.org/post/blogs-and-tweets-indias-new-leader-bemoans-lack-honeymoon India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, says he has been denied the "honeymoon" period that new governments traditionally enjoy. Just one month after taking office, he has also asserted that he has defied expectations and secured a firm grip on India's sprawling government.<p>Given the groundswell of expectation and anxiety surrounding Modi's ascent, there's been unusual attention given to his first 30 days. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:23:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy & Rupam Jain Nair 43689 at http://ktep.org In Blogs And Tweets, India's New Leader Bemoans Lack Of 'Honeymoon' Iraqi Crisis Brings Focus On Indian Migrants Who Seek Profit Amid Peril http://ktep.org/post/iraqi-crisis-brings-focus-indian-migrants-who-seek-profit-amid-peril Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. When ISIS militants took control of wide swaths of northern Iraq, foreign workers in those areas ended up being trapped. India is working to win the release of some 40 of its citizens abducted in the Iraqi city of Mosul. There are also hundreds more in other locations who are clamoring to leave. NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.<p>JULIE MCCARTHY, BYLINE: India said today, doors are opening in the quest to free its construction workers seized in Mosul, and that they have not been harmed. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 43341 at http://ktep.org Indians Caught In Middle Of Iraq's Worsening Crisis http://ktep.org/post/indians-caught-middle-iraqs-worsening-crisis The kidnapping of 40 Indian construction workers in Iraq by suspected militants has rapidly become the first foreign policy test for India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, barely a month after he assumed office.<p>The workers are believed to have been captured by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) when the jihadist group overran the northern Iraqi city of Mosul this past week.<p><em>The Times of India</em> reported that the men were waylaid as they were being evacuated from Mosul. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 43037 at http://ktep.org Indians Caught In Middle Of Iraq's Worsening Crisis India's Transgender Community Turns Seat Belt Safety Into Video Hit http://ktep.org/post/indias-transgender-community-turns-seat-belt-safety-video-hit <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muCU6_Y_Kyo</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 42890 at http://ktep.org India's Transgender Community Turns Seat Belt Safety Into Video Hit How A Lack Of Toilets Puts India's Women At Risk Of Assault http://ktep.org/post/indias-rape-uproar-ignites-demand-end-open-defecation A young girl sweeps fallen debris from a tempest that blew through her village of Katra Sahadatganj one recent evening. This remote spot in Uttar Pradesh — India's largest state — has become the center of another gathering storm.<p>It was here two weeks ago where two young girls were audaciously attacked: raped and hanged from a tree. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 42289 at http://ktep.org How A Lack Of Toilets Puts India's Women At Risk Of Assault Attack On Mother In India Underscores U.N. Call For Action http://ktep.org/post/latest-sexual-assault-india-underscores-un-chiefs-call-action As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took notice of the global assault against women and girls, another brutal attack in India has highlighted once more the prevalence of gender-based crime in the world's largest democracy.<p>Police say a mother of five was shot dead by militants in a remote village in the northeast of the country after she resisted attempts to molest her.<p>The 35-year-old woman was allegedly pulled from her home as her husband and five children looked on. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 42054 at http://ktep.org Double Rape, Lynching In India Exposes Caste Fault Lines http://ktep.org/post/double-rape-lynching-india-exposes-caste-fault-lines A mother and grandmother's wailing rises in the garden of their cement-and-thatched home in the impoverished village of Katra Sahadatganj in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. They mourn <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/29/317052124/teenaged-sisters-allegedly-gang-raped-murdered-in-india">two young girls who were raped and murdered a week ago</a>.<p>The fresh scent of mint from nearby fields competes with the smell of cow dung baking in the sun.<p>On the evening of May 27, the pair, who were cousins, ventured out into an open field that served as their bathroom. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:20:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 41919 at http://ktep.org Double Rape, Lynching In India Exposes Caste Fault Lines India's New Prime Minister Takes A Stand On Foreign Policy http://ktep.org/post/indias-new-prime-minister-makes-stand-foreign-policy India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a conservative Hindu leader, defied expectations on his first day in office by holding a micro-summit with his country's principle rival, Muslim Pakistan. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 41862 at http://ktep.org India's New Prime Minister Sworn In http://ktep.org/post/indias-new-prime-minister-sworn Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist, officially takes office as India's new prime minister in a ceremony in New Delhi that broke with the past. More than 3,000 guests witnessed the most elaborate oath-taking India has ever staged. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=India%27s+New+Prime+Minister+Sworn+In&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1NTU5NzI4MDEyODAxNzA2NDdhODNkZg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 41433 at http://ktep.org After Landslide Victory, Modi Becomes India's Prime Minister http://ktep.org/post/after-landslide-victory-modi-becomes-prime-minister Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Let's turn now to India where a new prime minister is taking office today. Narendra Modi's BJP party won a landslide victory last week. More than 3,000 people are attending an outdoor ceremony today for his swearing in, but one guest in particular is getting a lot of the attention. He is Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, who said he is coming to India carrying a message of peace. NPR's Julie McCarthy is on the line with us from New Delhi. Mon, 26 May 2014 10:41:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 41406 at http://ktep.org Brash On The Campaign Trail, Modi Steps Into Parliament Humble http://ktep.org/post/brash-campaign-trail-modi-steps-parliament-humble Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Narendra Modi will be sworn in Monday as India's next prime minister. Today, the country's president invited him to form a new government. Tue, 20 May 2014 20:37:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 41039 at http://ktep.org In Sea Change Election, Young India Ushers In A New Political Era http://ktep.org/post/sea-change-election-young-india-ushers-new-political-era Transcript <p>TESS VIGELAND, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Tess Vigeland in for Arun Rath. This week, Narendra Modi and his BJP party won India's general election in a landslide. Modi's historic victory upends years of political domination by the Gandhi family, which has been a ruling power since India's independence. NPR's Julie McCarthy is in New Delhi, and I asked her what Modi's election says about the kind of country India is now?<p>JULIE MCCARTHY, BYLINE: Well, Modi inherits a very young India. Sun, 18 May 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 40901 at http://ktep.org After Weeks Of Voting, India's Opposition Party Gets A Sweeping Win http://ktep.org/post/after-weeks-voting-indias-opposition-party-gets-sweeping-win After several weeks, India's parliamentary elections have finally finished. Voters swept opposition leader Narendra Modi into power as prime minister, voting for the Hindu nationalist party he leads. Fri, 16 May 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 40806 at http://ktep.org Opposition Party Wins, India's Congress Party Concedes Defeat http://ktep.org/post/opposition-party-wins-indias-congress-party-concedes-defeat Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. We have today the sound of an historic election victory in India.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERS AND MUSIC)<p>INSKEEP: Those are people celebrating the projected win by a Hindu nationalist party, the BJP. That party is far ahead in the counting so far, meaning that Narendra Modi will likely be the next prime minister of the world's largest democracy. They are on the verge of being declared the winners here. NPR's Julie McCarthy is covering this story from New Delhi. Fri, 16 May 2014 08:59:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 40755 at http://ktep.org Voting In India's Election Is Wrapping Up http://ktep.org/post/voting-indias-election-wrapping Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And this is the final day of voting in a parliamentary election in India. More than 500 million voters have cast ballots. So far, that's a 66 percent turnout, which if that number holds up, would be the highest ever in the world's largest democracy.<p>Economic development emerged as the key issue. It was also a battle for the direction of India as a secular state. And we're going to talk about all this with NPR's Julie McCarthy, who's on the line from Delhi. Hi, Julie.<p>JULIE MCCARTHY, BYLINE: Hi.<p>INSKEEP: OK. So, nine days of voting end today. Mon, 12 May 2014 09:20:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 40453 at http://ktep.org After Everest Tragedy, Who Pays When Climbing Season's Suspended? http://ktep.org/post/after-everest-tragedy-who-pays-when-climbing-seasons-suspended Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The short climbing season on Mount Everest ended suddenly and sadly. The avalanche that killed 16 guides last Friday has shaken the Sherpa community and many have left the mountain. As a result, most expedition companies have cancelled their climbs. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 39435 at http://ktep.org Injured Sherpa Explains Why He'll Never Climb Mount Everest Again http://ktep.org/post/sherpas-walk-job-after-deadly-avalanche Monitors flash Kaji Sherpa's vital signs as he recovers in the ICU of Katmandu's Norvic International hospital. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:51:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 39294 at http://ktep.org Injured Sherpa Explains Why He'll Never Climb Mount Everest Again A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India http://ktep.org/post/journey-pain-and-beauty-becoming-transgender-india The signs came early that Abhina Aher was different.<p>Born a boy biologically and given the male name Abhijit, Aher grew up in a middle-class neighborhood of Mumbai, India. The son of a single mother who nurtured a love of dance, Aher would watch enthralled as she performed.<p>"I used to love to wear the clothes that my mother used to wear — her jewelry, her makeup," Aher, now 37, recalls. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:13:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 38967 at http://ktep.org A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women http://ktep.org/post/gold-obsession-pays-dividends-indian-women It's indestructible. It's fungible. It's beautiful. And for Indians, gold – whether it's 18-, 22- or 24-carat — is semi-sacred.<p>The late distinguished Indian economist I.G. Patel observed, "In prosperity as in the hour of need, the thoughts of most Indians turn to gold."<p>No marriage takes place without gold ornaments presented to the bride. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 38605 at http://ktep.org A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women Out Of Delhi, A Potential Sea Change For India Election http://ktep.org/post/out-delhi-potential-sea-change-india-election Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Today marks a milestone in India's marathon national election for a new Lower House of Parliament. One-fifth of the 543-seats will be decided. Nationally, the big fight is between the ruling Congress Party and the opposition BJP. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 38426 at http://ktep.org India's Election: Six Weeks Long, 814 Million Potential Voters http://ktep.org/post/opposition-leader-india-eyes-prime-ministers-office S.Y. Quraishi, the former chief election commissioner, sums up voting in India this way: "The Indian election is not only the biggest election of the world — probably this is the biggest human event of the world."<p>Indians streamed to the polls Monday in the first stage of a nearly six-week-long national election, and the outcome is very much in doubt. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 38160 at http://ktep.org India's Election: Six Weeks Long, 814 Million Potential Voters Southeast Asia Free Of Polio As India Declares Health Victory http://ktep.org/post/southeast-asia-free-polio-india-declares-health-victory A watershed moment occurred in global health Thursday: The World Health Organization <a href="http://www.searo.who.int/mediacentre/releases/2014/pr1569/en/">said</a> that its Southeast Asian region is now officially polio-free.<p>The milestone means that 80 percent of the world's population now lives without fear of the paralyzing disease.<p>The certification came on the heels of India's successful fight against the disease. The huge nation hasn't reported a case of the wild polio virus in three years. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:41:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 37526 at http://ktep.org Southeast Asia Free Of Polio As India Declares Health Victory India Sets Date For What Will Be World's Largest Vote http://ktep.org/post/india-sets-date-what-will-be-worlds-largest-vote India announced Wednesday that national elections for the lower house of Parliament will be staggered over nine separate days and begin April 7.<p>The voting to elect the 543-seat body will occur in stages to accommodate the scale of voters in what is expected to be the world's largest democratic exercise.<p>More than 800 million people are eligible to cast a ballot to choose India's new Lok Sabha, or lower house of Parliament, that will lead India over the next five years. Camel carts will ferry voting booths across the deserts. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 36055 at http://ktep.org India Sets Date For What Will Be World's Largest Vote Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption http://ktep.org/post/sochi-games-expose-indian-corruption-and-redemption It's one of the most dangerous sports at the Olympic Games. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 34446 at http://ktep.org Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption Alleged Gang Rape In India Draws Spotlight On Village Justice http://ktep.org/post/alleged-gang-rape-india-draws-spotlight-village-justice Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>In India, allegations of another gang-raped of a young woman last week have trained a spotlight on tribal justice. The rape allegedly took place as a punishment. The woman was accused of having relations with a man from another community. Informal village councils in India can impose fines, ostracism, sexual humiliation and even death. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 33612 at http://ktep.org Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape http://ktep.org/post/indian-village-elders-accused-ordering-gang-rape Atrocious instances of gang rape over the past year or so have shaken India, but the <a href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/on-panchayat-order-tribal-woman-raped-by-12-men-in-west-bengal/article1-1175776.aspx" target="_blank">one this week</a> in West Bengal has a particularly sinister twist.<p>An all-male village tribunal, said to be upset that a 20-year old tribal woman had fallen in love with a man outside the community, is alleged to have ordered she be gang-raped as punishment.<p>The young woman is being treated in a hospital after telling authorities that she was sexually assa Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 33362 at http://ktep.org Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape New Delhi's 'Agitator' Administrator Ends Unusual Protest http://ktep.org/post/new-delhis-agitator-administrator-ends-unusual-protest In New Delhi an unprecedented two-day sit-in that pitted the local government against the national authorities has come to an end following altercations between police and protesters.<p>Some 30 people were injured during the demonstration that was led by newly elected Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the local administrator who rallied members of his Aam Aadmi Party, named for the "Common Man," against the central government.<p>The violence in the nerve center of Delhi put in the cross-hairs Kejriwal's three-week old administration, which rode to power in December using a broom as its sym Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:20:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 33271 at http://ktep.org New Delhi's 'Agitator' Administrator Ends Unusual Protest New Force Emerges In Indian Politics: Common Man Party http://ktep.org/post/new-force-emerges-indian-politics-common-man-party Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In India, the latest thing in politics is the common man. That sprawling Democracy - the biggest in the world - also has a big reputation for corruption. And with a national election coming up, the many Indians who are weary of corruption may be poised to throw out the ruling Congress Party, partly because the Congress Party faces a stiff challenge from its usual big rival, but also because a new political player has captured the public imagination. It's fascinating stuff, and we turn to NPR's Julie McCarthy in New Delhi to find out more. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 33178 at http://ktep.org With Bonfires And Dancing, Indians Ring In Hindu New Year http://ktep.org/post/lohri-festival-ushers-new-year-hindu-calendar Northern India is recovering from its coldest temperatures in 20 years by doing what it loves to do: stage a festival.<p>Across the country this week, Indians frolicked around bonfires in traditional festivities meant to herald the end of winter.<p>The Punjabis of northern India celebrate this annual ritual with particular gusto in a centuries old festival known as Lohri.<p>By custom, Lohri falls on the auspicious Jan. 13, and is seen as marking the longest night of the year in northern India. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 32812 at http://ktep.org With Bonfires And Dancing, Indians Ring In Hindu New Year