Julie McCarthy http://kccu.org en A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India http://kccu.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 54607 at http://kccu.org A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women http://kccu.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 54290 at http://kccu.org A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women Out Of Delhi, A Potential Sea Change For India Election http://kccu.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 54130 at http://kccu.org India's Election: Six Weeks Long, 814 Million Potential Voters http://kccu.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 53882 at http://kccu.org India's Election: Six Weeks Long, 814 Million Potential Voters Southeast Asia Free Of Polio As India Declares Health Victory http://kccu.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 53315 at http://kccu.org Southeast Asia Free Of Polio As India Declares Health Victory