Divya Chandrababu is an award-winning political and human rights journalist based in Chennai, India. Divya is presently Assistant Editor of the Hindustan Times where she covers Tamil Nadu & Puducherry. She started her career as a broadcast journalist at NDTV-Hindu where she anchored and wrote prime time news bulletins. Later, she covered politics, development, mental health, child and disability rights for The Times of India. Divya has been a journalism fellow for several programs including the Asia Journalism Fellowship at Singapore and the KAS Media Asia- The Caravan for narrative journalism. Divya has a master's in politics and international studies from the University of Warwick, UK. As an independent journalist Divya has written for Indian and foreign publications on domestic and international affairs.

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Dual leadership in AIADMK ceased to exist: Shanmugam

Former law minister and Rajya Sabha MP C Ve Shanmugam on Friday said the tenure of O Panneerselvam (OPS) as coordinator and Edappadi Palaniswami (EPS) as joint coordinator ceased to exist on Thursday when the AIADMK’s general council did not pass a resolution of the December 2021 election of their dual leadership.
Former law minister and Rajya Sabha MP C Ve Shanmugam on Friday said the tenure of O Panneerselvam as coordinator and Edappadi Palaniswami as joint coordinator ceased to exist on Thursday. (PTI)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 12:45 AM IST
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Sasikala to hold roadshow amid power tussle in AIADMK

Expelled AIADMK interim general secretary V K Sasikala on Friday will hold a roadshow here on June 26 “to defend the rights of Tamil soil and dignity of women”.
Expelled AIADMK interim general secretary V K Sasikala on Friday announced to hold a roadshow here on June 26 “to defend the rights of Tamil soil and dignity of women”. (ANI)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 12:44 AM IST
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What’s next for the AIADMK

Panneerselvam supporters said that they will continue to fight this issue as a contempt of court saying that the general council did not have powers to cancel these 23 resolutions and another meeting cannot be called.
After the AIADMK’s newly elected presidium chairman Tamilmagan Hussain announced that the next general council meeting will be convened on July 11 to discuss the unitary leadership, Panneerselvam walked out in a huff. (PTI)
Published on Jun 24, 2022 12:45 AM IST
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Panneerselvam heckled, walks out of key AIADMK meet

The next meeting of the AIADMK’s general council will be held on July 11 to discuss the unitary leadership
AIADMK general council meeting in Chennai on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 03:17 AM IST
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Late-night Madras HC verdict grants O Panneerselvam relief ahead of AIADMK meet

According to senior AIADMK leaders, the order stated that no bylaws can be passed that would pave the way for a single leadership, which was otherwise going in the favour of Edappadi Palaniswami
Former Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam. (PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 11:41 AM IST
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Madras HC refuses to restrain AIADMK from amending by-laws at today’s key meet

  • Presently, Palaniswami and Panneerselvam — popularly called EPS and OPS — are joint leaders of the party, occupying positions as coordinator and joint coordinator, respectively.
O Paneerselvam and former Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 05:31 AM IST
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Amid leadership tussle, Panneerselvam seeks police help to stop AIADMK meet

Hectic developments marked the on-going political churn within Tamil Nadu’s main opposition, the AIADMK, over the single leadership issue.
O Paneerselvam and former Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami are occupying positions as coordinator and joint coordinator. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 04:54 AM IST
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IIT-M, army partner to set up 5G testbed at Indore military college

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) towards this collaboration was signed on Monday by the Military College of Telecommunication, on behalf of the Army Training Command, Shimla, and IIT-Madras in the presence of army officials and faculty of the institute to help the army to utilise 5G technology for its operational use.
Army Training Command (ARTRAC) is partnering with IIT-Madras to set up a 5G testbed at Military College of Telecommunication in Indore’s Mhow to help the army to utilise 5G technology for its operational use, especially along the international borders. (HT)
Published on Jun 21, 2022 12:54 AM IST
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Sterlite copper plant in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi up for sale

Thirteen people were killed in alleged police firing during protests against Vedanta Limited’s Sterlite copper plant in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district in 2018
The Sterlite copper plant. (REUTERS)
Published on Jun 20, 2022 04:30 PM IST
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Decision soon on AIADMK cadre’s calls for single leadership, says D Jayakumar

“In today’s meeting, we discussed single leadership. It was a healthy discussion. And most of the office bearers and district secretaries expressed that the AIADMK requires a single leadership. They felt it was necessary,” Jayakumar told reporters after a four-hour meeting held with office bearers in Chennai.
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) district secretaries and office-bearers asked the party to go back to single leadership in place of the duo of Edappadi Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, spokesperson D Jayakumar said on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 15, 2022 12:33 AM IST
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Chennai man detained for theft dies, five police officers suspended

S Rajasekar’s family alleged he was framed and beaten up at Chennai’s Kodungaiyur police station before his death
Updated on Jun 13, 2022 12:45 PM IST
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Tamil Nadu government sets up panel to regulate online gaming

Tamil Nadu banned online gaming with stakes in November 2020 but the provision was struck down by the Madras high court in August 2021
Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) chief Anbumani Ramadoss with party supporters holding placards raise slogans during a protest demanding a ban on online gambling in Chennai on Friday. (ANI)
Published on Jun 10, 2022 09:47 PM IST
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Madras HC commutes death sentence of 2003 Tamil Nadu hate crime convict

The Madras high court on Wednesday reduced the death sentence of the main convict in the 2003 sensational murder of an inter-caste couple in Tamil Nadu to life sentence and acquitted two others serving life sentence
The high court commuted the death sentence of D Marudhupandian, the brother of D Kannagi, the woman victim. The court, however, confirmed life term given to the other accused, including the woman’s father Duraisamy. (Agencies)
Published on Jun 09, 2022 12:50 AM IST
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The curious case of war of words between allies AIADMK, BJP

The man, who started the recent tussle last Tuesday, is one of AIADMK’s founding members C Ponnaiyan.
C Ponnaiyan, one of AIADMK’s founding members, says the AIADMK and BJP were in alliance only for electoral purposes and that the BJP has always been against Tamil sentiments. (HT)
Published on Jun 09, 2022 12:38 AM IST
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Tamil Nadu CM Stalin unveils project giving houses to people from different castes at one place

At the inauguration, Tamil Nadu chief minister Stalin said the project was the dream of his late father and former chief minister M Karunanidhi. Karunanidhi launched this scheme in 1997 to promote social justice.
Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin inaugurated 100 houses under the Periyar Ninaivu Samathuvapuram (Periyar Memorial Equality Village) in the Sivaganga district on Wednesday, to promote social integration by providing houses to people from different castes in one place. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 09, 2022 12:28 AM IST
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TN temple refuses to allow govt audit

In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that the “podhu dikshithars” will run the temple by setting aside a 2009 Madras High Court order that allowed appointment of an officer by the HR&CE department to oversee the administration of the temple.
In May, the HR&CE department had served a notice to the general “dikshithars” (hereditary priests) of Nataraja temple to keep records on the temple’s accounts and assets ready for an inquiry committee’s visit on June 7 and 8. (PTI File)
Published on Jun 08, 2022 12:32 AM IST
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Free Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu from govt control: Pontiff

The pontiff of the Madurai Aadheenam (a Tamil Shaivite monastery) slammed the Hindu religious and charitable endowments (HR & CE) department on Monday and called for the department to be disbanded, accusing them of corruption.
In August 2021, Harihara Desika Gnanasambantha Paramacharaya took over as the 293rd head of the Madurai Aadheenam, established 1,500 years ago, and has been critical of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, which formed the government in May 2021. (HT)
Published on Jun 07, 2022 12:46 AM IST
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DMK MP’s remarks on Hindi fan row, BJP launches attack

Senior DMK leader and Rajya Sabha MP, TKS Elangovan, allegedly said that ‘Hindi was a language of underdeveloped states.’
“What will Hindi do? Hindi will make us all Shudras,” senior DMK leader and Rajya Sabha MP TKS Elangovan said. (HT)
Updated on Jun 07, 2022 12:44 AM IST
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A year after landmark HC ruling, lesbian couples still face discrimination

Suffering from gender dysphoria since adolescence, R Ramya, 24, is in the process of a sex change to transition to identify as a male.
Despite all these changes, the two lesbian couples and LGBTQIA+ activists say they continue to face discrimination. (HT)
Published on Jun 07, 2022 12:29 AM IST
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Violence in a classroom rocks Tamil Nadu district torn by caste division

On April 25, during the lunch break at the school, the 17-year-old’s classmate from the dominant OBC (other backward classes) Thevar community was hit by a brick during an altercation which cut his ear, leading to a blood clot that killed him five days later.
(HT Photos)
Updated on Jun 07, 2022 11:22 AM IST
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A decade on, Kudankulam nuclear plant protesters say still face ordeal

As many as 8,956 people were slapped with 21 cases of sedition in Idinthakarai village and the adjacent Kudankulam village for protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant
In the small fishing hamlet of Idinthakarai in Tamil Nadu’s southern district of Tirunelveli, people continue to live with the trauma of the police action they faced during the protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in 2012 (Agencies file)
Published on Jun 06, 2022 12:26 AM IST
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AIADMK distances itself from leader’s jibe on BJP

Palaniswami did not take questions on Ponnaiyan’s statement but he tore into BJP leader V P Duraisamy when a reporter asked for his reaction on the latter’s comment that the AIADMK was “ineffective” as an opposition party inside and outside the legislative assembly.
On Tuesday, Ponnaiyan, one of the founding members of the AIADMK, in an internal party meeting said that the BJP was trying to grow at AIADMK’s cost . (PTI)
Updated on Jun 04, 2022 12:40 AM IST
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Stalin meets guv seeking nod for 21 Bills

The amendment to the Cooperative Societies Act is among the 21 bills that have been pending in the Raj Bhavan for several months.
Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin thanked the governor for forwarding the anti-NEET bill to President Ram Nath Kovind for his assent. (ANI)
Published on Jun 03, 2022 12:31 AM IST
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Extortion case in Chennai: Police drop journalists’ names from FIR

In a statement, Greater Chennai Commissioner of Police, Shankar Jiwal, said there was no evidence against directors of Vikatan and a few “others” in a case of extortion and intimidation lodged based on a complaint by G-Square Realtors.
The Chennai police dropped the names of directors of Tamil publishing group Vikatan in a case of extortion and intimidation lodged based on a complaint by G-Square Realtors. (HT Archives)
Published on May 27, 2022 12:20 AM IST
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Tamil eternal, says PM after Stalin’s Hindi jibe

PM Narendra Modi praised Tamil language and culture and said his government is committed to popularising it. He said: “Tamil language is eternal and Tamil culture is global... The government of India is fully committed to further popularising Tamil language and culture.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin in Chennai on Thursday, May 26, 2022. (PTI)
Updated on May 27, 2022 05:35 AM IST
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3 booked for murder of BJP leader in Chennai

Police on Wednesday registered a case against three unidentified persons in connection with the murder of BJP functionary K Balachandar in Chennai on Tuesday night
Police said they found three men, on a motorbike, chased and attacked Balachandar on Tuesday night. (HT)
Published on May 26, 2022 12:49 AM IST
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Hurdles in 8-day rescue at ‘man-made’ Tirunelveli quarry accident

A gigantic boulder collapsed post 11 pm on May 14, burying 6 workers and heavy equipment inside a stone quarry under mounds of heavy rocks with only two survivors in Tirunelveli district
The accident at the quarry occurred at Adaimithipankulam, only 10 km from the main city, but off the high road in the interiors, which is hidden from the public eye. (Divya Chandrababu/HT)
Published on May 25, 2022 12:47 AM IST
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BJP leader Balachandar killed on Chennai street; party steps up attack on DMK

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) functionary in Chennai Balachandar was killed by an unidentified group of men on a city street on Tuesday evening, prompting the opposition party to flag the ruling MK Stalin-led government in Tamil Nadu for the law and order situation in the state
On Twitter, some BJP leaders said that Balachandar was assigned a single policeman for protection over threat to his life
Updated on May 26, 2022 02:24 PM IST
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Court order may pave way for other convicts’ release: Experts

The SC order on Wednesday to release AG Perarivalan, a convict serving life imprisonment in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, could pave way for release of other convicts in the assassination case, legal experts said.
AG Perarivalan, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, plays a musical instrument to celebrate the SC verdict outside his house in Jolarpet, Tirupattur district of Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on May 19, 2022 11:49 AM IST
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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Perarivalan free after 3-decade legal fight

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: AG Perarivalan was 19 when he was arrested for buying two 9-volt batteries, which were used in the bomb in the 1991 assassination.
Perarivalan’s release, along with that of six other convicts in the case, has been a major electoral and emotive issue which has dominated Tamil Nadu politics for three decades. (ANI)
Updated on May 18, 2022 11:58 AM IST
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