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

40% electric vehicles sold in India made in Tamil Nadu: Report

According to the data, 1,044,600 EVs were registered with RTOs this year till September 20. Of this, Tamil Nadu sold 414,802 EVs manufactured based on registration of all EVs across the state’s RTOs

Out of the 1 million EVs sold in India this year, more than 400,000 EVs were manufactured in Tamil Nadu (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 01:21 AM IST
By, Chennai

AIADMK pulls out of NDA ahead of LS polls

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has ended its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and exited the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Tamil Nadu. The AIADMK will now lead a state-level coalition, setting up a three-cornered fight in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections between the DMK, AIADMK, and BJP. Tensions in the alliance escalated after BJP leader K Annamalai made controversial remarks about Dravidian stalwart CN Annadurai and former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

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Updated on Sep 25, 2023 11:47 PM IST
By, Chennai

‘Unanimous decision’: AIADMK pulls out of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance

AIADMK leader K P Munuswamy said the party will lead an alliance with other parties to face the 2024 Lok Sabha elections

AIADMK leader KP Munuswamy speaks to reporters at the party headquarters in Chennai on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 08:26 PM IST

40% electric vehicles sold in India manufactured in Tamil Nadu

According to the Vahan Dashboard data, as many as 10,44,600 EVs were registered with RTOs from January until September 20

Out of the ten lakh EVs sold in India this year, over four lakh were manufactured in Tamil Nadu. (HT file photo)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 03:25 PM IST

AIADMK to hold key meeting today amid rift in ties with BJP

Led by general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami, the party will decide on its future course of action.

Amid strains in ties with BJP, AIADMK will hold a meeting led by Edappadi K Palaniswami to decide path ahead. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 05:00 AM IST
By, Chennai

Replace OPS as deputy Leader of Oppn, AIADMK urges speaker

This is the third time the AIADMK has approached the Speaker on the matter since Panneerselvam was expelled last July.

AIADMK legislators urged the Speaker for a change in seating arrangement in assembly since colleagues-turned-rivals Panneerselvam and AIADMK general secretary Palaniswami are seated together in the present arrangement. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 23, 2023 03:14 AM IST

Chennai court rejects Senthil Balaji’s bail plea in PMLA case

Principal sessions court judge S Alli considered three factors to reject the bail – flight risk, influencing the witnesses and tampering of evidence

V Senthil Balaji (HT Archives)
Published on Sep 21, 2023 01:00 AM IST

‘Delimitation a sword hanging over southern states’: Stalin seeks PM’s help

The northern states have rebuffed this argument saying that they are short-changed and not represented according to their population weight.

Stalin said that delimitation was a Damocles sword hanging over the head of Tamil Nadu and South India. (Ishant)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 05:44 AM IST

In some Tamil Nadu villages, caste bias overshadows death

Dalits in Kudimangalam, Tamil Nadu, are still facing caste discrimination even in death, despite a government scheme mandating common burial grounds.

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Updated on Sep 21, 2023 12:05 AM IST
By, Chennai

Stalin: Delimitation a Damocles sword hanging over head of TN, southern states

The DMK has backed the bill in principle but CM Stalin questioned the decision to connect the proposed law with the delimitation process

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin (File photo)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 07:16 PM IST

Those who agree with our ideology will align with us: AIADMK leader

Both parties remained restrained on Tuesday, a day after AIADMK organising secretary D Jayakumar on Monday said that their stand is to not remain with the BJP because of the party’s Tamil Nadu chief K Annamalai’s comments against Dravidian icons

S P Velumani (HT Archives)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 01:06 AM IST
By, Chennai

‘Not acceptable’: Tamil Nadu CM on bad roads

Stalin further instructed the Greater Chennai Corporation to complete the on-going storm water drain work and the authorities to complete road work, without compromising on quality, at the earliest.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin (PTI)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 01:04 AM IST
By, Chennai

'No tie-up with BJP now,' says AIADMK

Senior AIADMK functionary D Jayakumar stated that the party is "not in alliance" with the BJP, following a dispute with the BJP's state president K Annamalai.

Ties between the Tamil Nadu BJP, led by state chief K Annamalai (left), and the AIADMK, led by EK Palaniswami (right), frayed over the former’s comments on late ex-CM CN Annadurai. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 12:07 AM IST
By, Chennai

AIADMK says no alliance with BJP in Tamil Nadu after rift widens

The BJP’s wish to contest in 15 out of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu has not gone down well with the AIADMK

Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai. (ANI)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 05:27 PM IST

Tamil Nadu: Letter by criminal fearing fake encounter surfaces after his killing

According to the police, a team of officials, on Saturday, went to arrest Viswanathan in a case, when he attacked two police officers including a sub-inspector, who shot him in self-defence

A three-page complaint from Viswanathan, addressed to senior police officers in Kancheepuram and Tamil Nadu government’s home department, dated August 28, has surfaced (HT Archives)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 12:31 AM IST
By, Chennai

Steps taken to deport Lankan convicts in Rajiv case: Centre in HC

The Sri Lankan convicts have been lodged in the foreigners’ detention camp in Tamil Nadu’s Trichy until their deportation

The Centre informed the Madras high court that it has been communicated to the minister of external affairs to issue travel documents to the four Sri Lankan convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, who were released by the Supreme Court. (HT Archives)
Published on Sep 16, 2023 12:43 AM IST

Stalin launches scheme to grant women 1,000 aid per month

The TN government handed over debit cards to 13 women on Friday while the remaining will be given in a phased manner

Tamil Nadu chief minister M.K. Stalin with a beneficiary during the launch of the 'Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thittam' (Kalaignar Women's Rights Assistance Scheme), offering <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,000 monthly assistance to women, in Kancheepuram district on Friday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 16, 2023 12:40 AM IST

In a first, three Tamil Nadu women complete training to be priests

The ruling DMK revived the six priest training schools after they formed the government in 2021 after appointing 24 non-Brahmin trained priests in temples across the state

Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin said that after appointment of people of all castes as priests, women are also now stepping into the sanctums, bringing a new era of inclusivity and equality. (PTI)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 07:12 PM IST

Madras HC judge refuses to recuse from hearing revision of graft cases

Justice Venkatesh said that this has been exercised by the high court as an “institution” and not by one judge to ensure that the streams of criminal justice are “not subverted and remain pure and unsullied”

Justice N Anand Venkatesh said that by taking up the cases suo moto after special courts for MPs/MLAs had acquitted the six politicians, the Madras high court is acting as per the power of superintendence over the courts subordinate to it. (HT Archives)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 07:11 PM IST

ED raids continue over Tamil Nadu ‘sand mining scam’

Offices and residences of industrialists S Ramachandra, Karikalan and Dindigul Rathinam, who hold sand mining licenses, are also being raided by the agency, officials added

Several teams of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) continued their searches at sand mining sites, sales depots and other locations suspected to be involved in a sand mining scam across Tamil Nadu for the second day on Wednesday. (HT Archives)
Published on Sep 14, 2023 12:44 AM IST

Tamil Nadu agency searches premises of ex-AIADMK MLA in DA case

The 60-year-old leader had humble beginnings running a cycle shop, a milk vending shop along with renting CDs. Later, the agency said he enrolled as a contractor in public works department

Before B Sathyanarayanan was elected as an MLA from T Nagar in 2016, his assets were worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3.2 crore but along with his family, he had acquired assets worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>16.4 crore by end of 2021 by abusing his position, the vigilance agency said. (HT Archives)
Published on Sep 14, 2023 12:42 AM IST
By, Chennai

Avoid comments on Sanatana Dharma: Stalin to party workers

The DMK chief’s message comes after his son and sports minister Udhayanidhi Stalin’s comments that ‘Sanatana dharma must be eradicated’ put the INDIA alliance partners on the defensive

Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK president M K Stalin said anti- Sanatan Dharma comments are being used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP as a “diversionary tactic”. (PTI)
Published on Sep 14, 2023 12:41 AM IST
By, Chennai

Tamil Nadu: Raids at premises linked to AIADMK MLA in disproportionate assets case

The 60-year-old Chennai leader had humble beginnings running a cycle shop, a milk vending shop along with renting CDs and cassettes in the city

A 25-page FIR was filed on September 12 in the case. (Representative file image)
Published on Sep 13, 2023 05:19 PM IST

ED searches 30 locations across TN in illegal sand mining case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted simultaneous searches in about 30 locations in Tamil Nadu over alleged illegal sale of sand mined from riverbeds. The searches were carried out in the districts of Trichy, Namakkal, Vellore, and Karur, targeting sand mining contractors and associates of a minister who was arrested in a corruption case. The raids are seen as targeted against a senior DMK leader who holds water and mining portfolios in the state. The ED is investigating allegations of offline sales of sand mined from riverbeds, which is supposed to be sold only online through the water resources department.

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Updated on Sep 13, 2023 03:04 AM IST

ED conducts searches in Tamil Nadu, targets sand mining contractors

The offices and residential premises of major sand mining contractors were among those locations being searched

ED officials have been carrying out searches at multiple locations in Tamil Nadu (Screengrab/ANI video)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 02:03 PM IST

AR Rahman responds to criticism over Chennai concert; cops too begin probe

AR Rahman Concert Chaos: Police started a probe after DGP Shankar Jiwal told Tambaram police to look into traffic and other arrangements for the concert.

AR Rahman shared a screenshot of this post on his Instagram handle, and added a second message, offering to be the ‘sacrificial goat’ (X/@water_menon)
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 04:49 PM IST

7 women killed in TN after minibus crushes them; CM Stalin announces compensation

A lorry unexpectedly rammed into the parked minibus from behind which overturned on the women crushing them instantly

The injured persons are undergoing treatment at the Krishnagiri Government Medical College Hospital. (Representative file image)
Published on Sep 11, 2023 02:06 PM IST

Madras HC reviews acquittals of 2 more Tamil Nadu leaders

The DMK has previously said that they would take the issue to the Supreme Court

Madras high court took up, of its own accord, a review of the discharge of two more senior politicians – DMK minister I Periyasamy and former AIADMK minister B Valarmathi – in corruption cases probed by the state’s Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption. (HT Archives)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 01:29 AM IST

Madras high court reviews acquittals of two more TN leaders in graft cases

The Madras High Court has taken up a review of the discharge of two senior politicians in corruption cases, bringing the total number of such reviews to six. The judge expressed concern over the number of cases and suggested the need for an anti-corruption ombudsman similar to Karnataka's Lokayukta. The court has issued notices to four other senior politicians. The development comes after a request for the judge to recuse himself from the proceedings. The DMK has stated that they will take the issue to the Supreme Court.

In 2018, Tamil Nadu became one of the last states to pass a Lokayukta Act (Representative photo)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 01:04 AM IST
By, Chennai

‘Sanatana Dharma’ row: Congress, Sena (UBT) slam comments, Stalin backs son

Stalin hit back at the BJP, referring to reports in some media outlets that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for a “proper response” on the issue

On September 2, RN minister Udhayanidhi Stalin said that sanatana dharma is “against social justice and equality” and should hence be “eradicated”, triggering a political controversy. (Agency)
Updated on Sep 08, 2023 04:51 AM IST
By, Chennai/new Delhi
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