Divya Chandrababu

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.

Articles by Divya Chandrababu

Tamil Nadu rejects permit for RSS rally over law and order concerns

Citing law-and-order concerns over the march, TN government officials said that, following the violence after the NIA raids on the PFI, arrests of its members, and the subsequent banning of the organisation by the Union government on Wednesday, the state police were busy in maintaining the peace.

On September 22, a single judge bench of the court had approved the RSS march and public meetings, with certain riders. (Representative use)
On September 22, a single judge bench of the court had approved the RSS march and public meetings, with certain riders. (Representative use)
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 01:00 AM IST

Congress, CPI(M) mock Nadda’s claim on ‘95% completion’ of AIIMS Madurai

Virudhunagar MP Manickam Tagore and Madurai MP S Venkatesan on Friday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president J P Nadda, and held placards at the site where he said 95% of work at AIIMS in Madurai is complete

Congress MP Manickam Tagore and CPI(M) MP S. Venkatesan at the site earmarked for the construction of AIIMS Madurai on Friday. (PTI)
Congress MP Manickam Tagore and CPI(M) MP S. Venkatesan at the site earmarked for the construction of AIIMS Madurai on Friday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 24, 2022 12:01 AM IST
By, Chennai

PFI stir sparks clashes, Kerala HC takes note

Functionaries of the controversial Islamic outfit issued a shutdown call after government agencies and police forces raided PFI premises across 15 states and one Union territory in the early hours of Thursday, arresting 108 functionaries on charges of terror funding, radicalisation, and hate crimes.

Thiruvananthapuram: Police personnel take stock of the damages done to a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation bus after some miscreants threw stones on it, during the 'hartal' called by PFI.(PTI)
Thiruvananthapuram: Police personnel take stock of the damages done to a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation bus after some miscreants threw stones on it, during the 'hartal' called by PFI.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 07:49 AM IST
ByRamesh Babu and Divya Chandrababu, Thiruvananthapuram/chennai

Madras HC allows RSS to take out procession in TN on Oct 2

Justice G K Ilanthiraiyan said that the state authorities should grant the permission on or before September 28 and a detailed order will be passed later.

In a win for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Madras high court on Thursday directed the state government to grant them permission to go on a route march in 50 locations with restrictions on October 2. (HT)
In a win for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Madras high court on Thursday directed the state government to grant them permission to go on a route march in 50 locations with restrictions on October 2. (HT)
Published on Sep 23, 2022 12:02 AM IST
By, Chennai

17 from Tamil Nadu trapped in Myanmar: Stalin seeks PM’s help

A senior official from the department of rehabilitation and welfare of non-resident Tamils told HT on the condition of anonymity that they have tracked down one family from the state who had sent their son to Dubai for work.

At least 17 people from Tamil Nadu are seeking their release from Myanmar’s military junta, chief minister MK Stalin said (ANI)
At least 17 people from Tamil Nadu are seeking their release from Myanmar’s military junta, chief minister MK Stalin said (ANI)
Published on Sep 21, 2022 11:53 PM IST
By, Chennai

How police awareness drive bringing child abuse to light in Coimbatore

For at least a year, a girl studying in class 11 at a government school in Coimbatore had been in a shaky state over her former classmate who kept blackmailing her to make nude video calls with him.

Since Coimbatore rural police launched “Project Pallikoodam” (project school) on June 30, seven other people have been booked under the POCSO Act. (Representative Photo)
Since Coimbatore rural police launched “Project Pallikoodam” (project school) on June 30, seven other people have been booked under the POCSO Act. (Representative Photo)
Published on Sep 19, 2022 11:56 PM IST
By, Chennai

Police seek to keep shopkeeper away from TN village for denying candy over caste

The accused, identified as Maheswaran, who owns a small shop, and his close associate Ramachandra alias Murthy, were arrested on Saturday for allegedly practicing untouchability after a video of the incident went viral on social media and amid protest from residents of KV Nallur village, officers added.

Tamil Nadu police on Sunday initiated proceedings under the SC/ST Act to ban two people from entering a village (Representative use)
Tamil Nadu police on Sunday initiated proceedings under the SC/ST Act to ban two people from entering a village (Representative use)
Updated on Sep 19, 2022 05:01 AM IST
By, Chennai

Allow team from Assam to inspect elephant Joymala, Gauhati HC orders Tamil Nadu

The row erupted over a video released by PETA allegedly showing a mahout ill-treating Joymala on the temple premises. The Tamil Nadu Forest department has denied the accusation.

Justice Suman Shyam issued the directions to the Tamil Nadu government on a petition by the Assam high court seeking custody of Joymala. (File Photo)
Justice Suman Shyam issued the directions to the Tamil Nadu government on a petition by the Assam high court seeking custody of Joymala. (File Photo)
Published on Sep 16, 2022 10:39 PM IST
ByUtpal Parashar and Divya Chandrababu

‘Unrepentant character’: ‘Savukku’ Shankar gets 6 months’ jail in contempt case

Shankar has been sent to the Madurai central jail for standing by his comments in a YouTube interview that, “the entire higher judiciary is riddled with corruption.” Shankar argued his own case before a bench of justice GR Swaminathan and justice B Pugalendhi.

‘Savukku’ Shankar has been sent to the Madurai central jail for standing by his comments in a YouTube interview (HT File Photo)
‘Savukku’ Shankar has been sent to the Madurai central jail for standing by his comments in a YouTube interview (HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 16, 2022 07:48 PM IST
By, Chennai

Back to the temple: How Idol Wing is tracking Tamil Nadu’s Stolen treasures

Established in 1983, Tamil Nadu Police’s Idol Wing has one objective one task — tracking down ancient artifacts stolen from places of religious worship in the state.

 (TN Idol Wing)
(TN Idol Wing)
Updated on Sep 16, 2022 10:50 AM IST
By, Chennai

DVAC again raids two AIADMK ex-ministers in corruption case

The directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption (DVAC) on Tuesday raided 39 properties linked to AIADMK leaders and former ministers -- SP Velumani and C Vijayabaskar -- for alleged irregularities in municipal administration and health departments during the erstwhile AIADMK government

The directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption (DVAC) on Tuesday raided 39 properties linked to SP Velumani and C Vijayabaskar (HT)
The directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption (DVAC) on Tuesday raided 39 properties linked to SP Velumani and C Vijayabaskar (HT)
Published on Sep 13, 2022 11:38 PM IST
By, Chennai

Tamilisai’s plight is a warning, says DMK mouthpiece in message to governors

Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundarajan rebutted the DMK’s Murasoli article which cited her plight in Hyderabad as an example for other governors, saying the DMK article appeared to take advantage of the fact “that I was disrespected instead of being empathetic”

Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan spoke last week on her three years as governor at an event on “Beginning of Fourth Year in the Service of people of Telangana” at Raj Bhawan, in Hyderabad (ANI File Photo)
Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan spoke last week on her three years as governor at an event on “Beginning of Fourth Year in the Service of people of Telangana” at Raj Bhawan, in Hyderabad (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Sep 12, 2022 08:21 PM IST

Chennai journalist arrested, released later

Kannan had published an article two days ago on Aram Online stating that there was no transparency in the investigations into the student’s death in Kallakurichi in July.

Senior Tamil journalist Savitri Kannan was arrested from his home in Chennai over an article on Kallakurichi student suicide case. (HT Archives)
Senior Tamil journalist Savitri Kannan was arrested from his home in Chennai over an article on Kallakurichi student suicide case. (HT Archives)
Updated on Sep 12, 2022 05:02 AM IST
By, Chennai

After NCPCR letter: Amid row, TN denies ‘conversion’ at school

Additional director of the social welfare department SP Karthikaa led a team that also included child protection officers in Chennai to conduct enquiries in the school on Saturday, a senior official from the chief secretary’s office told HT on Sunday

The Tamil Nadu government has decided to inform the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) that it has been misguided on allegations of conversion at CSI Monahan School Girls Hostel in Chennai. (PTI)
The Tamil Nadu government has decided to inform the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) that it has been misguided on allegations of conversion at CSI Monahan School Girls Hostel in Chennai. (PTI)
Published on Sep 12, 2022 12:19 AM IST

Rahul’s meeting with Tamil Nadu pastor triggers a row

The BJP accused Rahul Gandhi of propagating “anti-Hindu” hatred while Congress responded saying it shows BJP’s desperation after seeing the response for the yatra. Reacting to this, Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh said that this was BJP’s propaganda.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi meets a controversial catholic priest George Ponnaiah during the party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, in Kanniyakumari on Saturday. (ANI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi meets a controversial catholic priest George Ponnaiah during the party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, in Kanniyakumari on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 11, 2022 04:58 AM IST
By, Chennai

EPS visits AIADMK office after Madras high court order, rules out OPS’ return

The AIADMK headquarters in the heart of the city’s Royapettah had been out of bounds since July 11. On that day when the party was proceeding to elect EPS as interim general secretary during the general council meeting, OPS boycotted it and made his way to the headquarters.

AIADMK leader Edappadi Palaniswami (EPS) visited the party headquarters in Chennai on Thursday. (ANI)
AIADMK leader Edappadi Palaniswami (EPS) visited the party headquarters in Chennai on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Sep 08, 2022 11:59 PM IST
By, Chennai

OPS’s son Ravindranath again praises CM Stalin

Edappadi Palaniswami, the newly elected AIADMK interim general secretary, in August revealed that AIADMK cadres were irked when Ravindranath met Stalin for an hour in the secretariat and praised the DMK government.

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam’s son and AIADMK’s lone Lok Sabha MP OP Ravindranath, who was expelled from the party for several reasons, including praising the MK Stalin-led DMK government, on Tuesday once again lauded a scheme launched by the DMK government that provides <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,000 for girl students from government schools to pursue higher education. (ANI)
Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam’s son and AIADMK’s lone Lok Sabha MP OP Ravindranath, who was expelled from the party for several reasons, including praising the MK Stalin-led DMK government, on Tuesday once again lauded a scheme launched by the DMK government that provides 1,000 for girl students from government schools to pursue higher education. (ANI)
Published on Sep 06, 2022 11:57 PM IST
By, Chennai

O Panneerselvam’s son & AIADMK’s lone MP continues to praise Stalin-led DMK govt

Edappadi Palaniswami (EPS) had in August revealed that AIADMK cadres were irked when Ravindranath met Stalin for an hour in the secretariat and praised the ruling government

OPS’s son OP Ravindranath lauded a scheme launched by the ruling establishment. (File image (PTI))
OPS’s son OP Ravindranath lauded a scheme launched by the ruling establishment. (File image (PTI))
Published on Sep 06, 2022 05:25 PM IST

Kejriwal unveils Delhi-type model school plan in Tamil Nadu

During an event held at the state-run Bharathi Women’s College in Chennai, Tamil Nadu chief minister Stalin also launched a scheme, which provides financial assistance of ₹1,000 for girls from government schools for their college education, which Kejriwal said will be an example of the entire country.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday launched government schools in Tamil Nadu on similar lines to Delhi’s model schools, which his counterpart M K Stalin visited in April this year. (HT)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday launched government schools in Tamil Nadu on similar lines to Delhi’s model schools, which his counterpart M K Stalin visited in April this year. (HT)
Published on Sep 06, 2022 12:16 AM IST
By, Chennai

Puducherry woman poisons and kills topper classmate of daughter

According to officials, the mother of the boy’s classmate could be seen handing the drink to the security guard in the school CCTV footage

TN woman poisons daughter’s classmate to death for performing better at exams (Pic for representation only.)
TN woman poisons daughter’s classmate to death for performing better at exams (Pic for representation only.)
Updated on Sep 05, 2022 11:00 AM IST

Stalin helping Panneerselvam as Palaniswami is DMK’s lone challenger: AIADMK

Interestingly, it was Munusamy, who first sowed the seeds of revolt against VK Sasikala in 2017 and sided with Panneerselvam after J Jayalalithaa’s death, but in recent times his loyalties shifted to Palaniswami and he supported chorus for the unitary leadership.

AIADMK senior leader KP Munusamy on Thursday accused chief minister and DMK president MK Stalin of helping O Panneerselvam to bring down Edappadi Palaniswami. (PTI)
AIADMK senior leader KP Munusamy on Thursday accused chief minister and DMK president MK Stalin of helping O Panneerselvam to bring down Edappadi Palaniswami. (PTI)
Published on Sep 02, 2022 12:08 AM IST
By, Chennai

Amid row, Tamil Nadu activist defends his remark against judiciary

A Shankar made the submission before a bench of justice GR Swaminathan and justice B Pugalendhi and the case was adjourned to September 8 after he sought time to file his reply.

Whistle-blower-turned-activist A Shankar, popularly known as ‘Savukku’ Shankar, who appeared before the Madurai bench of Madras HC on Thursday, accepted that he has made “the entire higher judiciary is riddled with corruption” comments. (ANI)
Whistle-blower-turned-activist A Shankar, popularly known as ‘Savukku’ Shankar, who appeared before the Madurai bench of Madras HC on Thursday, accepted that he has made “the entire higher judiciary is riddled with corruption” comments. (ANI)
Published on Sep 02, 2022 12:07 AM IST
By, Chennai

TN launches leather products policy, inks MoU worth 2,250 crore

During the launch of the policy, chief minister MK Stalin signed an MoU with five companies for ₹2,250 crore for manufacturing leather and non-leader footwear and other items.

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday launched the footwear and leather products policy 2022, aiming to develop existing clusters in leather manufacturing for domestic as well as the export market. (PTI)
The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday launched the footwear and leather products policy 2022, aiming to develop existing clusters in leather manufacturing for domestic as well as the export market. (PTI)
Published on Aug 24, 2022 12:35 AM IST
By, Chennai

Madras HC upholds TN govt’s rules on priests’ appointments, exempts some temples

The case pertains to a petition by the All India Adi Saiva Sivacharyargal Seva Sangam, which sought quashing of rules brought in by the state government, called the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious Institutions Employees (Conditions of Service) Rules, 2020, regarding qualifications and appointment of temple priests.

HC upholds TN govt’s rules on priests’ appoinments, exempts some temples
HC upholds TN govt’s rules on priests’ appoinments, exempts some temples
Updated on Aug 23, 2022 04:50 AM IST

Sterlite firing: Cops named in final report being scrutinised by legal experts

Activists had demanded that the state government convene the assembly to discuss the report by (retired) Justice Arun Jegadeesan Commission following an English news magazine’s article published on Thursday some findings of the report which named senior police officers for the firing

Thirteen civilians died allegedly by police firing on the 100th day of the anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi in May 2018. (Mksr2020 / Wikimedia Commons)
Thirteen civilians died allegedly by police firing on the 100th day of the anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi in May 2018. (Mksr2020 / Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Aug 21, 2022 12:14 AM IST

No lapses in treatment given to J Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospitals: AIIMS report

From 1998, Jayalalithaa was under the care of surgeon Dr K S Sivakumar who had informed the panel that she had been eating grapes, cakes and sweets prior to hospitalisation. Dr Sivakumar examined her on September 19 and treated her until her admission on September 22, 2016.

J Jayalalithaa was admitted to Chennai’s Apollo Hospitals on September 22, 2016 and was there for 75 days till she passed away on December 5 that year. (HT Archives)
J Jayalalithaa was admitted to Chennai’s Apollo Hospitals on September 22, 2016 and was there for 75 days till she passed away on December 5 that year. (HT Archives)
Updated on Aug 21, 2022 05:09 AM IST

Madras HC orders status quo ante on OPS expulsion, EPS elevation

The ruling means that O Panneerselvam is back as the AIADMK coordinator. On July 11, he was expelled from the party and Edappadi Palaniswami (EPS) was made interim general secretary.

O Panneerselvam and his supporters pay tribute at the memorial of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in Chennai on Wednesday. (ANI)
O Panneerselvam and his supporters pay tribute at the memorial of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in Chennai on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 18, 2022 12:41 AM IST
By, Chennai

Police submit forensic report in Chennai serial rapist case

Perumal, 48, was arrested on charges of raping girls and filming them during a crackdown on “gutka” and tobacco products in Chennai in August last year.

In the 2021 Chennai serial rapist case, city police have submitted before a special Pocso court what they believe is a crucial piece of evidence -- a forensic report on data of accused A Perumal’s mobile phone. (Representative Photo)
In the 2021 Chennai serial rapist case, city police have submitted before a special Pocso court what they believe is a crucial piece of evidence -- a forensic report on data of accused A Perumal’s mobile phone. (Representative Photo)
Published on Aug 17, 2022 12:48 AM IST
By, Chennai

Tamil Nadu women forced to sell eggs at fertility clinics despite risks

In December 2021, the Lok Sabha passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020, to regulate assisted reproductive technology services, and sperm and egg banks that have mushroomed across the country.

The recent case of a 16-year-old girl’s eggs being illegally donated to fertility clinics across Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh have brought the focus on how women are exploited as most egg donors in India are poor women. (AP)
The recent case of a 16-year-old girl’s eggs being illegally donated to fertility clinics across Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh have brought the focus on how women are exploited as most egg donors in India are poor women. (AP)
Updated on Aug 15, 2022 03:54 AM IST
By, Chennai:

BJP Madurai chief quits day after slipper was thrown at Tamil Nadu minister

Saravanan, who had quit DMK to join the BJP just a year ago, met Rajan on Saturday midnight following which he told reporters that he was mentally disturbed over the incident. He added that he was not at peace being in the BJP indulging in religious politics.

In Madurai, while finance minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan was returning after paying homage to Rifleman D Lakshmanan who was killed in Jammu and Kashmir, a sandal landed on his car’s bonnet from a crowd of BJP workers and supporters (ANI)
In Madurai, while finance minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan was returning after paying homage to Rifleman D Lakshmanan who was killed in Jammu and Kashmir, a sandal landed on his car’s bonnet from a crowd of BJP workers and supporters (ANI)
Updated on Aug 15, 2022 04:04 AM IST
By, Chennai
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