Julie McCarthy http://kwit.org en A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India http://kwit.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 43081 at http://kwit.org A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women http://kwit.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 42754 at http://kwit.org A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women Out Of Delhi, A Potential Sea Change For India Election http://kwit.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 42583 at http://kwit.org India's Election: Six Weeks Long, 814 Million Potential Voters http://kwit.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 42339 at http://kwit.org India's Election: Six Weeks Long, 814 Million Potential Voters Southeast Asia Free Of Polio As India Declares Health Victory http://kwit.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 41770 at http://kwit.org Southeast Asia Free Of Polio As India Declares Health Victory India Sets Date For What Will Be World's Largest Vote http://kwit.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 40421 at http://kwit.org India Sets Date For What Will Be World's Largest Vote Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption http://kwit.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 38948 at http://kwit.org Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption Alleged Gang Rape In India Draws Spotlight On Village Justice http://kwit.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 22:17:00 +0000 Julie McCarthy 38209 at http://kwit.org Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape http://kwit.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 37974 at http://kwit.org Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape New Delhi's 'Agitator' Administrator Ends Unusual Protest http://kwit.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 37893 at http://kwit.org New Delhi's 'Agitator' Administrator Ends Unusual Protest