TO GO WITH STORY: INDIA GOLD RUSH BY KAY JOHNSON- In this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 photo, an Indian woman looks at a display of gold jewelry at a shop in Mumbai, India. Nowadays, India i

 

              TO GO WITH STORY: INDIA GOLD RUSH BY KAY JOHNSON- In this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 photo, an Indian woman looks at a display of gold jewelry at a shop in Mumbai, India. Nowadays, India i
TO GO WITH STORY: INDIA GOLD RUSH BY KAY JOHNSON- In this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 photo, an Indian woman looks at a display of gold jewelry at a shop in Mumbai, India. Nowadays, India is by far the world's biggest buyer of gold, which despite its rising value, is an increasing drain on an economy that is growing too slowly to reduce widespread poverty. Last year Indians imported 864 tons of gold, about one fifth of world sales. The cost of 2.5 trillion rupees ($45 billion) was second only to India's bill for oil imports. The unquenchable appetite for gold coins, bars and jewelry has swelled India's trade deficit and weakened its currency, making crucial imports such as fuel more expensive. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)