Julie McCarthy http://krcc.org en A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women http://krcc.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 17661 at http://krcc.org A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women Out Of Delhi, A Potential Sea Change For India Election http://krcc.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 20:40:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 17524 at http://krcc.org India Sets Date For What Will Be World's Largest Vote http://krcc.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 15890 at http://krcc.org India Sets Date For What Will Be World's Largest Vote Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption http://krcc.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 14897 at http://krcc.org Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape http://krcc.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 14193 at http://krcc.org Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape New Delhi's 'Agitator' Administrator Ends Unusual Protest http://krcc.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 14139 at http://krcc.org New Delhi's 'Agitator' Administrator Ends Unusual Protest India's High Court Rocked By Allegations Of Sexual Harassment http://krcc.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 13852 at http://krcc.org India's High Court Rocked By Allegations Of Sexual Harassment Deadly Violence Mars Elections In Bangladesh http://krcc.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 13520 at http://krcc.org Deadly Violence Mars Elections In Bangladesh Restoring The Mausoleum That Helped Inspire The Taj Mahal http://krcc.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 12065 at http://krcc.org Restoring The Mausoleum That Helped Inspire The Taj Mahal End Of An Era: India's Greatest Cricketer Begins Final Match http://krcc.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 23:18:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 11410 at http://krcc.org End Of An Era: India's Greatest Cricketer Begins Final Match Zubin Mehta's Concert Strikes A Discordant Note In Kashmir http://krcc.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 8343 at http://krcc.org Zubin Mehta's Concert Strikes A Discordant Note In Kashmir India's New Central Banker Steps Into A Perfect Storm http://krcc.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 8220 at http://krcc.org India's New Central Banker Steps Into A Perfect Storm India's PM Tries To Reassure Country Over Rupee's Slide http://krcc.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 7918 at http://krcc.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://krcc.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 7841 at http://krcc.org Mystery Series' Portly P.I. Peels Back The Layers Of Delhi Society India Accuses Pakistan Of Killing 5 Soldiers http://krcc.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 6728 at http://krcc.org India Accuses Pakistan Of Killing 5 Soldiers Why India's Next State Is Not Likely To Be The Last http://krcc.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 6665 at http://krcc.org Why India's Next State Is Not Likely To Be The Last Indian School Deaths: A Village's Pain Compounded By Poverty http://krcc.org/post/indian-school-deaths-villages-pain-compounded-poverty "We are small people. What can we really do about this?" asks Surendra Prasad, perched on the steps outside the Patna Medical College and Hospital in the state capital of Bihar in eastern India.<p>Inside, two of his young children are recovering in the intensive care unit. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:55:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 6221 at http://krcc.org Indian School Deaths: A Village's Pain Compounded By Poverty Families Of Poisoned Children Try To Cope In India http://krcc.org/post/families-poisoned-children-try-cope-india Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>In India, police have widened their hunt for the principal of an elementary school. It's the place where 23 children died last week after eating a toxic school lunch. The principal has been missing, along with her husband, since the day the children fell sick. An arrest warrant has been issued for her. In the meantime, parents of the victims are trying to cope with the tragedy. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:13:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 6065 at http://krcc.org Bangladesh Collapse: The Garment Workers Who Survived http://krcc.org/post/bangladesh-collapse-garment-workers-who-survived <em>(We updated this post at 11:58 a.m. ET to include a statement released Wednesday by Walmart. <a href="#001">Click here</a> </em><em>to see that)</em><p>It's been 2 1/2 months since the Rana Plaza collapsed on garment workers in Bangladesh, exposing abysmal safety conditions in the country's factories.<p>On a recent trip to Bangladesh, I sought out the survivors of what was the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/09/182737557/bangladesh-factory-collapse-death-toll-crosses-1-000" target="_blank">deadliest disaster</a> in the history of the garment industry. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:37:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 5387 at http://krcc.org Bangladesh Collapse: The Garment Workers Who Survived In India, More Women Are Playing Matchmaker For Themselves http://krcc.org/post/india-more-women-are-playing-matchmaker-themselves In India, some of the most entertaining reading on a Sunday afternoon is found in the classified ads. Sat, 25 May 2013 09:55:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 3141 at http://krcc.org In India, More Women Are Playing Matchmaker For Themselves Mother Of India Gang-Rape Victim Faces Suspects In Court http://krcc.org/post/mother-india-gang-rape-victim-faces-suspects-court In India, the mother of the 23-year-old woman <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/01/03/168529507/in-india-five-charged-with-rape-and-murder-in-crime-that-shocked-nation" target="_blank">fatally gang-raped on a moving bus last December</a> appeared in court Friday and for the first time put eyes on the men accused in the heinous attack on her daughter.<p>The four men on trial have been charged with murder and face capital punishment for the crime that convulsed the country and prompted harsher punishments for rape.<p>Three of the defendants sat in a back row of the small Delhi co Fri, 17 May 2013 18:33:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 2722 at http://krcc.org Nawaz Sharif Expected To Win Pakistan's Elections http://krcc.org/post/nawaz-sharif-expected-win-pakistans-elections Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>On a Monday, it's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning.<p>The last time Nawaz Sharif was prime minister of Pakistan, it did not work out so well for him. Sharif won a big election, moved to consolidate his power, and named a new army chief - only to see that same general overthrow him in a coupe in 1999.<p>INSKEEP: Sharif ended up in exile for years. Mon, 13 May 2013 08:21:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 2443 at http://krcc.org Will Imran Khan Shake Up Pakistani Politics This Time? http://krcc.org/post/will-imran-khan-shake-pakistani-politics-time After retiring as Pakistan's most celebrated cricket player, Imran Khan has dabbled on the margins of Pakistani politics for nearly two decades, trying to make a mark.<p>The sportsman turned philanthropist who led a playboy lifestyle in his younger days has attracted endless media attention, but until now neither he nor his movement has had any real impact.<p>As Pakistanis vote in a crucial parliamentary election on Saturday, could this time be different?<p>Watching Khan in the final stretch of the race is to see a man who found it impossible to stop campaigning. Fri, 10 May 2013 17:18:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 2371 at http://krcc.org Will Imran Khan Shake Up Pakistani Politics This Time? Pakistani Women Still Struggle For A Voice In Politics http://krcc.org/post/pakistani-women-still-struggling-voice-politics Flags of the competing political parties whip in the wind of seaside Karachi. But little else is stirring in this city of 18 million this day.<p>The MQM, a leading political party in the megacity, has shut Karachi down with a general strike in response to a deadly bombing at its election office. Thu, 09 May 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 2328 at http://krcc.org Pakistani Women Still Struggle For A Voice In Politics Pakistani Prosecutor Investigating Bhutto Death Is Gunned Down http://krcc.org/post/pakistani-prosecutor-investigating-bhutto-death-gunned-down In Pakistan, police say two unidentified gunmen fatally shot the special prosecutor investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.<p>Friday's attack on Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali in Islamabad deepens the mystery surrounding one of the country's most politically charged cases, which remains open six years later.<p>Ali was traveling from his home to a court hearing in the Bhutto case when his car was sprayed with bullets. Fri, 03 May 2013 13:19:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 2022 at http://krcc.org Pakistani Prosecutor Investigating Bhutto Death Is Gunned Down Outrage Erupts In India Over 5-Year-Old Girl's Rape http://krcc.org/post/outrage-erupts-india-over-5-year-old-girls-rape "What has changed?" That is the question echoing through Delhi on Sunday. Sun, 21 Apr 2013 19:28:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 1413 at http://krcc.org Outrage Erupts In India Over 5-Year-Old Girl's Rape Purging Candidates Offers Pakistan A Bit Of Comic Relief http://krcc.org/post/purging-candidates-offers-pakistan-bit-comic-relief The culling of candidates in the run-up to Pakistan's May 11 election is providing the country some badly needed levity.<p>The "Pakistani Inquisition," as it's been dubbed, has election commission officials grilling office-seekers on their Islamic bona fides.<p>Many have stumbled badly, only to be disqualified.<p>But not Mussarat Shaheen, who performed impeccably. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:56:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 841 at http://krcc.org Purging Candidates Offers Pakistan A Bit Of Comic Relief In Court, Former Pakistan President Faces A Flying Shoe http://krcc.org/post/court-former-pakistan-president-faces-flying-shoe Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf suffered only a blow to his dignity when a lawyer <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/29/angry-lawyer-throws-shoe-_0_n_2978649.html?utm_hp_ref=world" target="_blank">hurled a shoe</a> at him Friday as he entered the High Court in the southern city of Karachi.<p>The shoe missed its target but made its point. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:28:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 331 at http://krcc.org In Court, Former Pakistan President Faces A Flying Shoe On India's Trains, Seeking Safety In The Women's Compartment http://krcc.org/post/indias-trains-seeking-safety-womens-compartment Headlines in India's national newspapers tell the story of the state of women in the country. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:51:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 264 at http://krcc.org On India's Trains, Seeking Safety In The Women's Compartment