Divya Chandrababu

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
NEET became a reality for students in the state in 2017, following a Supreme Court order asking Tamil Nadu to follow the rest of the country.
NEET became a reality for students in the state in 2017, following a Supreme Court order asking Tamil Nadu to follow the rest of the country.

NEET adversely impacts government school students: Tamil Nadu panel report

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2021 12:42 AM IST
Much of the reports’ findings cement Tamil Nadu’s arguments against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), which the state government feels favours the privileged, and is against social justice.
The AIADMK has already formed an internal legal committee to help party leaders fight cases registered against them by the DMK government. (PTI)
The AIADMK has already formed an internal legal committee to help party leaders fight cases registered against them by the DMK government. (PTI)

Another former AIADMK minister booked in DA case

PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 12:16 AM IST
Veeramani is the third former AIADMK minister, besides MR Vijayabaskar and SP Velumani, to come under the DVAC net after MK Stalin-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government came to power in May this year.
On Thursday, the Madras high court became the third appellate court in the country to stall operations of rules pertaining to the last two – particularly two clauses contained under Rule 9 – subclauses 1 and 3.(HT File)
On Thursday, the Madras high court became the third appellate court in the country to stall operations of rules pertaining to the last two – particularly two clauses contained under Rule 9 – subclauses 1 and 3.(HT File)

IT rules rob press of its freedom: HC

By Divya Chandrababu, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 04:16 AM IST
The IT Rules, notified in February, contain a host of new directions and liabilities for social media companies (also known as intermediaries), news websites and streaming content providers (also known as OTT services) such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.
KC Veeramani is the third AIADMK leader in Tamil Nadu to face a corruption probe after MK Stalin-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government came to power in May this year. (Twitter/KCVeeramaniofl)
KC Veeramani is the third AIADMK leader in Tamil Nadu to face a corruption probe after MK Stalin-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government came to power in May this year. (Twitter/KCVeeramaniofl)

Ex-AIADMK minister Veermani raided; FIR says his assets 650% more than income

PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 06:35 PM IST
The FIR by Tamil Nadu DVAC said AIADMK leader KC Veeramani was “involved in corrupt activities” and acquired assets disproportionate to his income by 654 per cent between 2016 and 2021
The rate of crime, which is incidence per 100,000 population, against women last year is 9 in Coimbatore and 13.4 in Chennai. (Photo for representation)
The rate of crime, which is incidence per 100,000 population, against women last year is 9 in Coimbatore and 13.4 in Chennai. (Photo for representation)

Crime rate against women lowest in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore, Chennai: NCRB data

PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 12:45 AM IST
In Coimbatore, the number of crimes against women was 107 in 2018 which dipped to 85 in 2019 and went up to 97 in 2020 with a charge-sheeting rate of 97.9%, the data shows.
PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss talking to media. (HT PHOTO)
PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss talking to media. (HT PHOTO)

PMK to contest rural body polls alone, to remain in NDA

PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 12:41 AM IST
On late Tuesday night, PMK chief GK Mani released a statement announcing that they will go alone in the polls to be held on October 6 and October 9. He added that this was being made with approval of PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss and youth wing secretary Anbumani Ramadoss
According to the NCRB data, crime rate against women last year was 9 in Coimbatore, 13.4 in Chennai. (Representational image)
According to the NCRB data, crime rate against women last year was 9 in Coimbatore, 13.4 in Chennai. (Representational image)

Crime rate against women lowest in Coimbatore, Chennai: NCRB data

PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 12:38 AM IST
In Chennai, the crimes against women have been declining -- 761 in 2018; 729 in 2019; and 576 in 2020. In Coimbatore, the number of crimes against women was 107 in 2018 which dipped to 85 in 2019 and went up to 97 in 2020, according to NCRB data
Members of various groups demonstrate against the Hathras rape incident and crimes against women, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, in October last year. (Sanjeev Verma/HT photo)
Members of various groups demonstrate against the Hathras rape incident and crimes against women, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, in October last year. (Sanjeev Verma/HT photo)

8.3% dip in crimes against women in 2020: NCRB report

By Sachin Saini, Shruti Tomar, Divya Chandrababu, Hindustan Times, Jaipur/ Bhopal/ Chennai
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 03:32 AM IST
The NCRB, which functions under the Union home ministry, said that a total of 371,503 cases of crime against women were reported across the country last year in comparison to 405,326 in 2019 and 378,236 in 2018.
On Wednesday, the teenager was found hanging at her home in a village around 9am after her parents left for work. The girl, a student of a government school in Vellore’s Thottapalayam, had appeared for the exam on Sunday.(HT File)
On Wednesday, the teenager was found hanging at her home in a village around 9am after her parents left for work. The girl, a student of a government school in Vellore’s Thottapalayam, had appeared for the exam on Sunday.(HT File)

3rd NEET aspirant dies by suicide in 4 days across Tamil Nadu

By Divya Chandrababu, Hindustan Times, Chennai
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 04:49 AM IST
This is the third suspected suicide of a NEET aspirant in four days, and adds to the dozens of deaths since the common entrance exam for medical courses was first introduced in 2017.
Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly Edapaddi K. Palaniswami walks out with AIADMK MLAs sporting black badges over NEET suicides during the Budget Session at Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai on September 13. (PTI)
Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly Edapaddi K. Palaniswami walks out with AIADMK MLAs sporting black badges over NEET suicides during the Budget Session at Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai on September 13. (PTI)

The story behind the Tamil Nadu-NEET controversy

UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 10:23 AM IST
The Tamil Nadu assembly, on Monday, passed a bill to scrap NEET and admit students to undergraduate programmes in medicine on the basis of their performance in their Class 12 examinations — a move that the state government said was in the interests of “social justice”
Newly appointed Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai. (PTI)
Newly appointed Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai. (PTI)

I don’t want to fit into the Dravidian political mould, says TN BJP president Annamalai

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2021 12:09 AM IST
Annamalai is confident that the BJP will rule Tamil Nadu in a few years, and as a former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, he doesn’t want to fit into a mould as a Dravidian politician.
Tamil Nadu Police said the girl student was found dead in her home in Sathampadi village on Monday evening a day after writing NEET examination. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representative use)
Tamil Nadu Police said the girl student was found dead in her home in Sathampadi village on Monday evening a day after writing NEET examination. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representative use)

Another TN student dies by suicide allegedly fearing failure in NEET

By Divya Chandrababu, Hindustan Times, Chennai
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 02:58 AM IST
The girl student studied in a private school in Namakkal district and had scored 562 out of 600 marks in her class 12 examination conducted by the state board. Her family said she still found the NEET examination tough
Exam officials screen NEET aspirants wait at the examination centre, at Delhi Cantonment in New Delhi(Sanchit Khanna/HT File)
Exam officials screen NEET aspirants wait at the examination centre, at Delhi Cantonment in New Delhi(Sanchit Khanna/HT File)

TN adopts bill to scrap NEET, Centre objects

By Fareeha Iftikhar, Divya Chandrababu, Hindustan Times, New Delhi/ Chennai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2021 02:11 AM IST
  • The bill, the Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Medical Degree Courses Act 2021 was passed by a voice vote.
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said vaccination was necessary to prevent the third wave of Covid 19 infection. (PTI)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said vaccination was necessary to prevent the third wave of Covid 19 infection. (PTI)

Sitharaman says vaccination must for economic rebound, 3rd wave prevention

PUBLISHED ON SEP 13, 2021 12:09 PM IST
Sitharaman’s comments came on a day when Tamil Nadu administered at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to 2.5 billion residents through 40,000 camps across the state
Stalin appealed to students to not lose hope and assured them that the DMK government will pass a bill in the state assembly on Monday, seeking permanent exemption from NEET.(PTI file photo)
Stalin appealed to students to not lose hope and assured them that the DMK government will pass a bill in the state assembly on Monday, seeking permanent exemption from NEET.(PTI file photo)

Tamil Nadu NEET aspirant kills self, CM says will move bill against exam

By Divya Chandrababu, Hindustan Times, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 13, 2021 05:15 AM IST
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2021 for admission in undergraduate medical courses was conducted across 202 cities on Sunday, after the Supreme Court recently rejected a plea by a group of students to postpone the exam.
File photo: Tamil Nadu’s outgoing Governor Banwarilal Purohit will now take charge as the Governor of Punjab. (ANI)
File photo: Tamil Nadu’s outgoing Governor Banwarilal Purohit will now take charge as the Governor of Punjab. (ANI)

There were issues that tested patience': TN’s outgoing Governor in farewell note

UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 04:37 PM IST
In October 2017, Banwarilal Purohit was appointed the 14th Governor of Tamil Nadu when the state was reeling under a political crisis following J Jayalalithaa’s death.
Having received a steady supply of vaccines from the Union government, Tamil Nadu on Sunday held the drive by setting 40,000 camps across the state with a particular concern for the nine districts bordering Kerala. (AFP)
Having received a steady supply of vaccines from the Union government, Tamil Nadu on Sunday held the drive by setting 40,000 camps across the state with a particular concern for the nine districts bordering Kerala. (AFP)

TN vaccinates 2mn people in 12-hour mega drive, hopes for more supplies

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 12, 2021 11:55 PM IST
The vaccine drive is being carried out when there is a marginal increase in cases here, while neighbouring Kerala has more than 200k active Covid-19 cases, and the state is also dealing with Nipah and Zika, putting Tamil Nadu on alert.
“Our legal battle against NEET is just beginning,” Stalin said. (PTI)
“Our legal battle against NEET is just beginning,” Stalin said. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu student’s suicide ahead of NEET sparks political row

UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2021 08:39 PM IST
Chief minister MK Stalin assured students that they will bring a bill on Monday that seeks the President’s assent to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET.
The family said that the boy was under pressure to clear NEET examination to grab a seat in a medical college. (REUTERS Photo/Representative use)
The family said that the boy was under pressure to clear NEET examination to grab a seat in a medical college. (REUTERS Photo/Representative use)

TN boy dies by suicide before NEET, Stalin promises law for exemption from exam

UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2021 03:09 PM IST
Former All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami accused the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or DMK for not fulfilling its election promise of abolishing NEET and thereby causing confusion among students
Tamil Nadu chief minister Stalin drew on the past achievements of the DMK regime, which increased the reservation for the community and introducing a 3% special reservation for SC Arunthathiyars. (PTI)
Tamil Nadu chief minister Stalin drew on the past achievements of the DMK regime, which increased the reservation for the community and introducing a 3% special reservation for SC Arunthathiyars. (PTI)

Stalin tables Bill to set up panel for SC/ST members

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2021 12:12 AM IST
The Bill clarifies that the National Commission for the SCs and STs will prevail over the yet to be set up state commission.
Representational image.
Representational image.

1 dead, 8 seriously injured as fire breaks out in illegal Tamil Nadu firecracker unit

PUBLISHED ON SEP 10, 2021 01:50 PM IST
Among the eight injured, three were taken to the government hospital in Madurai and the remaining are being treated at the Sivakasi government hospital
Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)

Proof of civilisation 3,200 years ago in Tamil Nadu: Stalin

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai:
PUBLISHED ON SEP 10, 2021 12:15 AM IST
There’s conclusive proof of a civilisation existing in Tamil Nadu around 3,200 years ago, state chief minister MK Stalin said on Thursday, citing scientific evidence for the same -- a finding that means a thriving city-based river valley civilisation existed in the state, coinciding with the latter half of the Indus Valley civilisation
Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin. (ANI file photo)
Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin. (ANI file photo)

Tamil Nadu assembly adopts anti-CAA resolution

By Divya Chandrababu, Hindustan Times, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2021 05:20 AM IST
“This August House considers that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, passed by the Parliament in the year 2019 is not in tune with the secular principles laid down in our Constitution and also not conducive to the communal harmony that prevails in India,” chief minister MK Stalin, who tabled the resolution, told the House.
On August 30, the DMK-led state government banned public installation of large idols, procession and immersion. (PTI)
On August 30, the DMK-led state government banned public installation of large idols, procession and immersion. (PTI)

Madras high court rejects plea seeking lifting of curbs on Ganesh Chaturthi

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2021 04:02 PM IST
The first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavalau passed the orders on a public interest litigation filed by Ela Ganapathi praying that the state government permit installation and procession by prescribing social distancing norms for the public gathering without a complete ban.
The I-T department continues to seize properties belonging to VK Sasikala based on a 2014 court judgment on the disproportionate assets case (PTI)
The I-T department continues to seize properties belonging to VK Sasikala based on a 2014 court judgment on the disproportionate assets case (PTI)

I-T attaches Sasikala assets worth 100 crores

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2021 04:01 PM IST
According to officials, a bungalow and its adjacent land totalling about 49 acre, which was purchased in 1994, has now been taken over by the I-T department. A government notice to this effect was pasted by officials on the entrance walls and gate of the property.
A single-judge bench permitted the student to appear for NEET subject to her IQ results tested at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru. (Representational picture)
A single-judge bench permitted the student to appear for NEET subject to her IQ results tested at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru. (Representational picture)

Madras high court sets aside order allowing 16-year-old girl to write NEET this year

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2021 12:35 AM IST
The court stated that it would be unfair to other students and courts across the country which will be flooded with such applications. NEET is scheduled for September 12.
Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin. (PTI)
Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu adopts resolution urging  government to repeal CAA

UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2021 01:49 PM IST
The resolution stated that the CAA is not in tune with the secular principles prescribed by the Constitution. With this, Tamil Nadu joins states such as Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal in passing resolutions against CAA
A Chennai-based anti-corruption NGO, Arappor Iyakam, has submitted a draft of the Right to Services legislation to chief minister MK Stalin and urged the government to take feedback from the public before tabling a Bill in the assembly. (PTI)
A Chennai-based anti-corruption NGO, Arappor Iyakam, has submitted a draft of the Right to Services legislation to chief minister MK Stalin and urged the government to take feedback from the public before tabling a Bill in the assembly. (PTI)

TN planning service rights bill for public

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2021 12:24 AM IST
People line up in taluk offices and at e-seva centres for services, such as pensions and change in registrations, from across more than 50 state departments.
Advocate general R Shunmugasundaram, appearing for the state, informed the court that chief minister MK Stalin has decided not to publish his photos in such materials. (PTI)
Advocate general R Shunmugasundaram, appearing for the state, informed the court that chief minister MK Stalin has decided not to publish his photos in such materials. (PTI)

Don’t carry photos of CM and public officers on kids’ items: Madras HC to TN government

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2021 12:22 AM IST
“It is abhorring that school books or school bags meant for school-going children, who do not have a right to vote, would carry photographs of public functionaries even if the functionary is the chief minister of the state,” the court said. “The state should ensure that such practice is not continued in future.”
The bill has come as a huge relief to employees and salespeople working in shops and showrooms across the state – some of whom work in undesirable working conditions.
The bill has come as a huge relief to employees and salespeople working in shops and showrooms across the state – some of whom work in undesirable working conditions.

TN tables bill making it must for shop owners to provide seating for staff

By Divya Chandrababu, Hindustan Times, Chennai
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2021 03:23 AM IST
The bill is subject to assent from governor Banwarilal Purohit, and once it is an act, Tamil Nadu would be the second state after Kerala to legalise the ‘right to sit’ at the workplace.
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