Julie McCarthy http://wmot.org en A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women http://wmot.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 37254 at http://wmot.org A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women Out Of Delhi, A Potential Sea Change For India Election http://wmot.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 37122 at http://wmot.org India Sets Date For What Will Be World's Largest Vote http://wmot.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 35548 at http://wmot.org India Sets Date For What Will Be World's Largest Vote Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption http://wmot.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 34553 at http://wmot.org Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape http://wmot.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 33860 at http://wmot.org Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape