Julie McCarthy http://wesa.fm en U.S. Spying Allegations Chafe An Already Angry India http://wesa.fm/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 32027 at http://wesa.fm U.S. Spying Allegations Chafe An Already Angry India In Blogs And Tweets, India's New Leader Bemoans Lack Of 'Honeymoon' http://wesa.fm/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 31774 at http://wesa.fm 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://wesa.fm/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 31497 at http://wesa.fm Indians Caught In Middle Of Iraq's Worsening Crisis http://wesa.fm/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 31238 at http://wesa.fm Indians Caught In Middle Of Iraq's Worsening Crisis India's Transgender Community Turns Seat Belt Safety Into Video Hit http://wesa.fm/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 31108 at http://wesa.fm 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://wesa.fm/post/sexual-assaults-india-highlight 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 13:20:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 30585 at http://wesa.fm 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://wesa.fm/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 30398 at http://wesa.fm Double Rape, Lynching In India Exposes Caste Fault Lines http://wesa.fm/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 30281 at http://wesa.fm Double Rape, Lynching In India Exposes Caste Fault Lines India's New Prime Minister Sworn In http://wesa.fm/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 29873 at http://wesa.fm Brash On The Campaign Trail, Modi Steps Into Parliament Humble http://wesa.fm/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 20:57:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 29556 at http://wesa.fm In Sea Change Election, Young India Ushers In A New Political Era http://wesa.fm/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 29431 at http://wesa.fm After Weeks Of Voting, India's Opposition Party Gets A Sweeping Win http://wesa.fm/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 29361 at http://wesa.fm Opposition Party Wins, India's Congress Party Concedes Defeat http://wesa.fm/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 29315 at http://wesa.fm A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India http://wesa.fm/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 27827 at http://wesa.fm A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women http://wesa.fm/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 27517 at http://wesa.fm A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women Out Of Delhi, A Potential Sea Change For India Election http://wesa.fm/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 27368 at http://wesa.fm India Sets Date For What Will Be World's Largest Vote http://wesa.fm/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 25394 at http://wesa.fm India Sets Date For What Will Be World's Largest Vote Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption http://wesa.fm/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 24128 at http://wesa.fm Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape http://wesa.fm/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 22:19:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 23259 at http://wesa.fm Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape New Delhi's 'Agitator' Administrator Ends Unusual Protest http://wesa.fm/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 23179 at http://wesa.fm New Delhi's 'Agitator' Administrator Ends Unusual Protest India's High Court Rocked By Allegations Of Sexual Harassment http://wesa.fm/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 22828 at http://wesa.fm India's High Court Rocked By Allegations Of Sexual Harassment Deadly Violence Mars Elections In Bangladesh http://wesa.fm/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 22410 at http://wesa.fm Deadly Violence Mars Elections In Bangladesh Restoring The Mausoleum That Helped Inspire The Taj Mahal http://wesa.fm/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 20631 at http://wesa.fm Restoring The Mausoleum That Helped Inspire The Taj Mahal End Of An Era: India's Greatest Cricketer Begins Final Match http://wesa.fm/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 23:41:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 19849 at http://wesa.fm End Of An Era: India's Greatest Cricketer Begins Final Match Men Convicted In India Gang Rape To Be Sentenced Friday http://wesa.fm/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 16341 at http://wesa.fm Men Convicted In India Gang Rape To Be Sentenced Friday