Julie McCarthy http://apr.org en A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India http://apr.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 50438 at http://apr.org A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women http://apr.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 50125 at http://apr.org A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women Out Of Delhi, A Potential Sea Change For India Election http://apr.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 20:08:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 49967 at http://apr.org India Sets Date For What Will Be World's Largest Vote http://apr.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 21:33:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 47886 at http://apr.org India Sets Date For What Will Be World's Largest Vote Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption http://apr.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 22:56:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 46479 at http://apr.org Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape http://apr.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 22:25:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 45509 at http://apr.org Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape New Delhi's 'Agitator' Administrator Ends Unusual Protest http://apr.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 45406 at http://apr.org New Delhi's 'Agitator' Administrator Ends Unusual Protest India's High Court Rocked By Allegations Of Sexual Harassment http://apr.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 44956 at http://apr.org India's High Court Rocked By Allegations Of Sexual Harassment Deadly Violence Mars Elections In Bangladesh http://apr.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 44470 at http://apr.org Deadly Violence Mars Elections In Bangladesh India's Workplace Cases Highlight Abuse Against Women http://apr.org/post/indias-workplace-harassment-cases-highlights-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 10:03:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 43350 at http://apr.org Restoring The Mausoleum That Helped Inspire The Taj Mahal http://apr.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 42487 at http://apr.org Restoring The Mausoleum That Helped Inspire The Taj Mahal End Of An Era: India's Greatest Cricketer Begins Final Match http://apr.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 23:48:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 41598 at http://apr.org End Of An Era: India's Greatest Cricketer Begins Final Match Fed Decision Gives Indian Market Temporary Reprieve http://apr.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 38164 at http://apr.org Zubin Mehta's Concert Strikes A Discordant Note In Kashmir http://apr.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 17:52:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 37542 at http://apr.org Zubin Mehta's Concert Strikes A Discordant Note In Kashmir Concert Stirs Strife In Disputed Kashmir Region http://apr.org/post/concert-stirs-strife-disputed-kashmir-region Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The New York City Opera may be forced to cancel the rest of its current season and all of its next season, if it is not able to raise $20 million by the end of the year. It has been known as the People's Opera since it debuted 70 years ago. Its mission: Making opera more accessible and affordable. City Opera, as it's called, has experienced what it calls a cash crisis for some years. And now, it's started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money it needs to survive.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The location of this next story is what makes it amazing. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 09:02:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 37520 at http://apr.org