Julie McCarthy

Julie McCarthy appears in the following:

In India, A Battle Brews Over A Museum Honoring A Revered Leader

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to update the Nehru Memorial Museum, honoring India's first prime minister, to include his own achievements. Critics say it's an effort to undermine Nehru's legacy.


Fasting To The Death: Is It A Religious Rite Or Suicide?

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

A member of the ancient religion of Jainism who is very sick or very old may opt to stop eating. But India's Supreme Court is weighing a ban on the practice because suicide is illegal by Indian law.


An Angry Young Man Leads Protests Against India's Affirmative Action

Monday, August 31, 2015

At 22, Hardik Patel is challenging the system of reserving jobs and college slots for socially and economically challenged castes. He's drawing crowds of 500,000 — and tensions are rising.


Mass Rally Protesting Indian Quota System Leads To Unrest

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Protests turned deadly in Gujarat, India, this week. Thousands of people, galvanized by a charismatic young member of the Patel community, took to the streets to demand access to jobs and education.


Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes New Readers

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Jaffna library once held irreplaceable, ancient manuscripts, lost when it was torched in 1981. Fully restored, the beloved landmark today is filled with readers.


India Seeking $99 Million From Nestle Over Noodle Soup Scare

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Indian government is seeking $99 million in damages from Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle over a recent food scare involving the Maggi brand of instant noodles that are a household staple in India.

The class action, filed late Tuesday before India's National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, accuses ...


Atheist Blogger Slain By Extremists In Bangladesh

Friday, August 07, 2015

In Bangladesh, another well-known secular blogger was murdered Friday — the fourth such killing this year. Police say the 40-year-old activist was hacked to death by assailants in his apartment.


Indian Government Blocks, Then Quickly Unblocks Porn Sites

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The government move against more than 850 websites, most of them pornographic, sparked a firestorm on social media this week. After just four days, the government on Wednesday reversed course.


In Peaceful Sri Lanka, Army Holds Thousands Of Acres Seized In Civil War

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Since the country's long fight against Tamil separatists ended, the economy and democracy have advanced. But for thousands of civilians displaced by war, the fight to recover their land continues.


Sri Lanka's War Is Long Over, But Reconciliation Remains Elusive

Monday, June 29, 2015

The civil war is now six years in the past, but thousands of Tamil families are still looking for loved ones who disappeared during the conflict.


35,000 Bend It With Modi As India Launches World Yoga Day

Sunday, June 21, 2015

You don't expect to see world leaders getting down on all fours to perform yoga in public, let alone in a mass yoga class that draws observers from Guinness World Records.

But India's Narendra Modi did just that when he launched International Yoga Day on Rajpath, the central Delhi mall ...


Who Knew Yoga Could Be So Stressful!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Yoga is supposed to bring inner calm. So why are some people in India up in arms about the upcoming International Day of Yoga?


Brutal Attacks On Nuns Put India's Christians On Edge

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit


Praise For Indian PM's Diplomacy, Then A Backlash For His Undiplomatic Remark

Monday, June 08, 2015

It's India's latest social media battle cry: #DespiteBeingAWoman erupted on Twitter on Monday after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the phrase while talking about the female prime minister of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh's Sheikh Hasina was Modi's host over the weekend when the two countries ratified a historic boundary agreement, doing ...


Indian Prime Minister Gives Backhanded Compliment To Bangladeshi Counterpart

Monday, June 08, 2015

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi's praise for his Bangladeshi counterpart's tough stance on terrorism "despite being a woman" has sparked an avalanche of criticism and a Twitter hashtag.


Nestlé India In Hot Water Over Reports Of Excess Lead In Noodle Soup

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The Swiss giant Nestlé is facing a commercial disaster in India over allegations that its best-selling brand of instant noodle soup contains unsafe amounts of lead as well as the taste enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Sales of the soup, sold under the brand Maggi (pronounced Maggie), have plunged since the ...


The Very Strange Life Of Nepal's Child Goddess

Thursday, May 28, 2015

She's young and beautiful. A glimpse of her is believed to bring good fortune. She's Nepal's Living Goddess, or Kumari, who is selected as a small child and lives a life of isolation and secrecy.


Indians Wait For Prime Minister Modi's Promises Of Better Days

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a historic election last year promising "better days are coming." He has now completed a year in office. We take stock of his achievements, or lack thereof.


Death Toll Rises To 750 As Heat Wave Sweeps Through India

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Over 750 people are dead in India — mostly in the South — as an intense heat wave grips the country.


Nepali Village Struggles To Recover From Earthquake

Monday, May 04, 2015

Some have vented their anger by throwing rocks at visiting politicians. Others have become social workers in their villages. But many Nepalis are absorbed in the daily struggle to find food and water.