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Tea leaf pickers in the Indian tea industry are nearly all women, and in the southern tea-growing state of Kerala, they earn the lowest daily minimum wage of any sector in the state. They work six days a week rain or shine. But J. Rajeshwari (right) helped mobilize the female worforce. "We couldn't feed ourselves or educate our children, so we organized," she says. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Female Tea Workers In One Indian State Fight For Their Rights

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Jisha's face peers out from posters across the state demanding "Justice for Jisha." Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Brutal Murder In India's Kerala State Spotlights Underlying Maladies

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Narendra Modi Comes To Washington

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U.S.-India Relations Centers On Defense, Modi Returns For 4th U.S. Visit

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Reports Of Brutal Rape In India, Brazil Ignite National Debate

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Ambadas Raut uses copper rods known as dowsing sticks to locate sources of underground water in a dry reservoir. He's had 400 clients and says he's found water for 80 percent of them. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Are Indians Turning To The 'Supernatural' In Subterranean Search For Water?

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A farmer steers his cart through land that was a dam brimming with water just a few years ago which fed the district of Beed in the parched state of Maharashtra. After two years of drought it is among India's hardest-hit. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Amid India's Drought Crisis, Suicides Increase Among Farmers Deep In Debt

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Men watch the fires of a cremation along the banks of the Yamuna River against the backdrop of the Wazirabad Barrage and floating industrial waste. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Can India's Sacred But 'Dead' Yamuna River Be Saved?

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Rape Suspects In New Delhi Have A Good Chance Of Being Acquitted, Report Says

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Neetu trains nearly 8 hours a day at a wrestling facility in Rohtak, India. Her coach says, "She doesn't take a break for even one minute." Poulomi Basu/for NPR hide caption

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A Child Bride At 13, She's Turned Herself Into A Prize-Winning Wrestler

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Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya, the owner of Kingfisher Airlines, gets into his car outside Parliament in New Delhi, India, in 2013. Mallya, who owes large sums on loans to his businesses, recently left the country for Britain, according to reports. Saurabh Das/AP hide caption

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Indian Tycoon Leaves The Country Amid Criminal Investigation

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Traditional Punjabi shoes are displayed at a trade expo in Amritsar, India. The country's new budget will cut the taxes on materials used in heels and soles. Sanjeev Syal/Demotix/Corbis hide caption

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Water In New Dehli Partially Restored After Protesters Sabotage Source

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Protesters from India's Jat agricultural caste block a highway linking New Delhi to Rohtak in the state of Haryana. The government has sent columns of troops to the area. Tsering Topgyal/AP hide caption

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