Julie McCarthy http://ktep.org en 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 India's High Court Rocked By Allegations Of Sexual Harassment http://ktep.org/post/indias-high-court-rocked-allegations-sexual-harassment India's Supreme Court is set to hear a petition Wednesday against one of its own retired judges over allegations that he sexually harassed a former intern — the second such case to be made public in as many months.<p>The alleged incidents have cast a cloud over the country's highest court and pressure has mounted for it to comply with its own 1997 rulings requiring panels in the workplace to hear harassment complaints. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:48:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 32770 at http://ktep.org India's High Court Rocked By Allegations Of Sexual Harassment Between U.S. And India, One Diplomat Stirs Dispute http://ktep.org/post/between-us-and-india-one-diplomat-stirs-dispute Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The relationship between the world's biggest two democracies is under strain over an incident involving a low-ranking diplomat. U.S. prosecutors are preparing to indict a government representative from India. She's accused of lying on a visa application for her housekeeper. That indictment and the diplomat's treatment by American authorities have ignited a furious response in India. And the Indian government is retaliating.<p>NPR's Julie McCarthy joins us from New Delhi. And, Julie, start with a little background on this case. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:21:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 32404 at http://ktep.org Deadly Violence Mars Elections In Bangladesh http://ktep.org/post/deadly-violence-mars-elections-bangladesh Bangladesh's parliamentary election Sunday proved to be among the most violent vote in the country's short history. At least 18 people were killed, including an election officer who was beaten to death, and scores of polling stations firebombed, according to local media reports.<p>Tensions in Bangladesh that have been building over the past year reached a crescendo with Sunday's bloody, one-sided vote, which the ruling Awami League won in a walk-away. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:01:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 32233 at http://ktep.org Deadly Violence Mars Elections In Bangladesh What It Costs To Fill Your Belly In New Delhi http://ktep.org/post/what-it-costs-fill-your-belly-new-delhi <em>Just how far does a dollar go? We'll try to answer that question as part of an occasional series on what things cost around the world. In this installment, NPR's Julie McCarthy takes us on a gastronomic tour of New Delhi and tells us what you can buy for $5, $20 and $100. </em><p>With over a billion people, India's $1.7 trillion economy is as varied as its culture. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:43:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 31173 at http://ktep.org What It Costs To Fill Your Belly In New Delhi India's Workplace Cases Highlight Abuse Against Women http://ktep.org/post/indias-workplace-cases-highlight-abuse-against-women As India marks the anniversary of the infamous gang rape in New Delhi, it is ending the year as it began: in upheaval over its treatment of women. In a recent series of cases, men in positions of privilege are alleged to have sexually harassed or assaulted female employees. The episodes spotlight the absence of women's rights in the Indian workplace. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:10:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 30978 at http://ktep.org Restoring The Mausoleum That Helped Inspire The Taj Mahal http://ktep.org/post/restoring-mausoleum-helped-inspire-taj-majal Think Taj Mahal and then try to imagine what came before it. Sun, 01 Dec 2013 07:40:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 29998 at http://ktep.org Restoring The Mausoleum That Helped Inspire The Taj Mahal End Of An Era: India's Greatest Cricketer Begins Final Match http://ktep.org/post/end-era-indias-greatest-cricketer-begins-final-match Sachin Tendulkar: The very name evokes Indian national pride, and it resounded through Wankhede Stadium Thursday in the cricket superstar's hometown of Mumbai.<p>That's when Tendulkar took the field for the final test match of his fabled 24-year long career. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:28:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 29065 at http://ktep.org End Of An Era: India's Greatest Cricketer Begins Final Match Critics Fault BJP's Candidate For Indian Prime Minister http://ktep.org/post/critics-fault-bjps-candidate-indian-prime-minister The main opposition party in India has anointed Narendra Modi as its candidate for prime minister in next year's general election. Critics say Modi is a hardline Hindu nationalist who helped foment deadly anti-Muslim riots in 2002. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:12:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 27044 at http://ktep.org Fed Decision Gives Indian Market Temporary Reprieve http://ktep.org/post/fed-decision-gives-indian-market-temporary-reprieve Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>A market rally in India is at the top of NPR's business news.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>INSKEEP: We are all connected, of course. And like Wall Street, Indian markets soared, after the Federal Reserve's surprising decision to continue its stimulus program in the United States.<p>From New Delhi, NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.<p>JULIE MCCARTHY, BYLINE: The U.S. Fed's decision to keep unchanged its massive bond-buying program to spur the U.S. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:59:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 25339 at http://ktep.org Men Convicted Of Gang Rape, Murder In India Sentenced To Die http://ktep.org/post/men-convicted-gang-rape-murder-india-sentenced-die The four men convicted of rape and murder in an Indian court were sentenced to death in New Delhi Friday. Last December, the men lured a young woman onto a bus, and then raped and tortured her before throwing her off the vehicle. She died of her injuries two weeks later. The death sentences were greeted with approval by the victim's family, and there have been widespread calls for the men to hang ever since details of their crime became known. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:04:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 25038 at http://ktep.org Men Convicted In India Gang Rape To Be Sentenced Friday http://ktep.org/post/men-convicted-india-gang-rape-be-sentenced-friday The four men <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/10/220946522/4-men-convicted-in-rape-and-murder-that-shocked-india" target="_blank">convicted of the New Delhi gang rape</a> that took the life of a 23-year-old woman last December will learn their fate on Friday.<p>The court considered Wednesday whether they should get capital punishment or life in prison.<p>In sentencing arguments that stretched to three hours, public prosecutor Dayan Krishnan called on the court to impose the death penalty for what he called a "diabolical" crime.<p>He said the death penalty was justified on t Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:04:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 24835 at http://ktep.org Men Convicted In India Gang Rape To Be Sentenced Friday Zubin Mehta's Concert Strikes A Discordant Note In Kashmir http://ktep.org/post/zubin-mehtas-concert-strikes-discordant-note-kashmir In Kashmir, the Shalimar Gardens of Srinagar, a relic of Mughal-era emperors, has been restored to its imperial tranquility with murmuring fountains, shallow pools and manicured beauty.<p>Carrying much-coveted invitations to Bombay-born maestro Zubin Mehta's concert this weekend, the creamy layer of Delhi and Mumbai society descended on the garden. Kashimiri fashion tends toward the more modest and staid <em>salwar kameez</em>, but a more dizzying array of saris never graced the red-carpeted grounds. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:38:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 24691 at http://ktep.org Zubin Mehta's Concert Strikes A Discordant Note In Kashmir India's New Central Banker Steps Into A Perfect Storm http://ktep.org/post/indias-economic-growth-slows-decade-low Raghuram Rajan, the new governor of India's central bank, swept into office this week infusing a sense of optimism.<p>He announced hard-headed measures Wednesday that remove uncertainty that has characterized the Reserve Bank of India's moves.<p>By Friday, Indian equities and the rupee were clawing back.<p>But analysts say the exuberance — and honeymoon with the suave MIT-trained economist — is unlikely to last.<p>After decadelong high growth rates, India is now the sick man of Asia.<p>Growth has crashed to a four-year low. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 09:05:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 24494 at http://ktep.org India's New Central Banker Steps Into A Perfect Storm India's PM Tries To Reassure Country Over Rupee's Slide http://ktep.org/post/indias-pm-tries-reassure-country-over-rupees-slide India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed a steep slide in the country's currency in recent weeks in a rare public speech on Friday, hoping to assuage concern over the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/08/26/215663860/india-forced-to-take-a-hard-look-at-its-economy">rupee's sudden depreciation</a> and blaming the opposition for inaction in Parliament that he said was sending the wrong signals to the markets.<p>"There is no reason to believe that we are going down the hill," said Singh, a veteran economist who has been prime minister for nearly a decade. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:41:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 24080 at http://ktep.org India's PM Tries To Reassure Country Over Rupee's Slide Mystery Series' Portly P.I. Peels Back The Layers Of Delhi Society http://ktep.org/post/halls-portly-pi-peels-back-layers-delhi-society For an introduction to India's cultural and culinary delights, you might hop a flight to Delhi or book a trip to Mumbai. But to meet the country sans passport free of airport indignities, you could just curl up with the crime novels of Tarquin Hall.<p>Vish Puri, Hall's opinionated private investigator, is a 50-something Punjabi super sleuth with a fondness for family and food. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:57:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 23984 at http://ktep.org Mystery Series' Portly P.I. Peels Back The Layers Of Delhi Society Sub Fire Called India's Worst Naval Disaster In Peacetime http://ktep.org/post/sub-fire-called-indias-worst-naval-disaster-peacetime Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Hope is fading for any survivors to be found aboard an Indian submarine that sank at port in Mumbai. An 18-man crew was aboard. A massive explosion ripped through the boat as it sat at the naval docks.<p>As NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from New Delhi, it's being called India's worst naval disaster in peacetime.<p>JULIE MCCARTHY, BYLINE: Indian authorities said by early this evening, divers had managed to pry open the main hatch of the submarine but found no signs of survivors in the boat that sank in the monsoon-churned waters. Navy chief Admiral D.K. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:27:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 23038 at http://ktep.org India Accuses Pakistan Of Killing 5 Soldiers http://ktep.org/post/india-accuses-pakistan-killing-5-soldiers India has accused Pakistani troops of killing five Indian soldiers after firing across the Line of Control, the de facto border in disputed Kashmir. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:51:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 22467 at http://ktep.org India Accuses Pakistan Of Killing 5 Soldiers Why India's Next State Is Not Likely To Be The Last http://ktep.org/post/why-indias-next-state-not-likely-be-last India's cartographers may soon be redrawing the country's map. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:28:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 22399 at http://ktep.org Why India's Next State Is Not Likely To Be The Last