KV Lakshmana

KV Lakshmana

KV Lakshmana is the Tamil Nadu bureau chief of Hindustan Times. He covers social, economic and political changes in the state and neighbourhood.

Articles by KV Lakshmana
Thirteen people lost their lives in the police firing in Thoothukudi last week.(Reuters File Photo)
Thirteen people lost their lives in the police firing in Thoothukudi last week.(Reuters File Photo)

Protesters cheer as Thoothukudi collector seals Sterlite plant after govt order

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2018 12:04 AM IST
The Tamil Nadu government on Monday directed the state’s environment regulatory body to seal the Vedanta group’s copper plant and close it down “permanently”.
AIADMK members pay floral tribute to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on her 70th birth anniversary in Coimbatore on February 24.(PTI File Photo)
AIADMK members pay floral tribute to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on her 70th birth anniversary in Coimbatore on February 24.(PTI File Photo)

HC asks Apollo Hospitals to submit report on Jayalalithaa’s blood samples

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2018 09:22 PM IST
The court’s order came as it heard a petition filed by S Amrutha, who claims to be Jayalalithaa’s daughter.
The action of Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit patting the cheek of journalist Lakshmi Subramanian sparked outrage among other journalists who have demanded an apology from him.(Lakshmi Subramanain/Twitter)
The action of Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit patting the cheek of journalist Lakshmi Subramanian sparked outrage among other journalists who have demanded an apology from him.(Lakshmi Subramanain/Twitter)
File photo of Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit.
File photo of Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit.

College sex scandal: Tamil Nadu governor rules out resignation

Chennai, Hindustan Times | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2018 11:55 PM IST
The “sex scandal” involves an assistant professor of a college, who allegedly advised students to extend sexual favours to some university officials for higher grades and money.
Hours after a complaint was lodged by the college and a local women’s association, police on Monday evening detained the lecturer after a brief questioning at her residence in Virudhunagar District.(File photo)
Hours after a complaint was lodged by the college and a local women’s association, police on Monday evening detained the lecturer after a brief questioning at her residence in Virudhunagar District.(File photo)

Tamil Nadu professor tells students to ‘please’ officials for marks, arrested

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2018 02:33 PM IST
The lecturer of Devanga Arts College allegedly advised students “to adjust with some officials” in return for higher marks and money, in what is seen as a suggestion for sexual favour.
File photo of Tamil Nadu folk singer Kovan.(HT PHOTO)
File photo of Tamil Nadu folk singer Kovan.(HT PHOTO)

Tamil folk singer arrested for singing songs criticising PM Modi, gets bail

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2018 01:34 PM IST
Kovan was arrested after a complaint by a district secretary of the BJP youth wing who alleged that the song brought disrepute to the Prime Minister’s name and post.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Chennai on Thursday.(PTI File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Chennai on Thursday.(PTI File Photo)

Modi in Tamil Nadu for Defence Expo, Cauvery protesters wave black flags at him

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2018 03:33 PM IST
Cauvery protesters held “Modi Go Back” posters and some, wearing black shirts, climbed up a huge advertisement hoarding in the parking area near Chennai airport.
According to sources, Visakhapatnam is front-runner among the four cities -- the other three being Trivandrum, Pune and Rajkot -- to host Chennai Super Kings’ IPL 2018 home games.(AP)
According to sources, Visakhapatnam is front-runner among the four cities -- the other three being Trivandrum, Pune and Rajkot -- to host Chennai Super Kings’ IPL 2018 home games.(AP)

IPL 2018: BCCI picks four standby cities for CSK games due to Cauvery turmoil

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2018 08:14 PM IST
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has shortlisted Visakhapatnam, Trivandrum, Pune and Rajkot as standby venues to host Chennai Super Kings’ IPL 2018 home games.
Police detain activists of Tamilzhar Vazhvu Urmayi Katchi who were staging an anti-IPL protest outside MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.(PTI)
Police detain activists of Tamilzhar Vazhvu Urmayi Katchi who were staging an anti-IPL protest outside MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.(PTI)

Helicopter and 4,000 cops secure Chepauk for IPL 2018 match, Cauvery protesters chased away

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2018 08:39 PM IST
Massive security cover thrown around Chennai’s Chepauk stadium as 4,000 policemen — many in riot gear — stand guard.
DMK working president MK Stalin during the third day of a mega rally over the Cauvery issue that will cover the delta regions of Tamil Nadu, seeking immediate constitution of a management board, in Thanjavur on Monday.(PTI photo)
DMK working president MK Stalin during the third day of a mega rally over the Cauvery issue that will cover the delta regions of Tamil Nadu, seeking immediate constitution of a management board, in Thanjavur on Monday.(PTI photo)

TN parties ‘disappointed’, say SC gave too much time to Centre on Cauvery board

Chennai, Hindustan Times | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2018 10:06 PM IST
The Cauvery protests would continue and Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be shown black flags during his April 12 visit to the state, DMK’s working president MK Stalin, who is leading a protest march, said at a rally.
Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister and finance minister, O Paneerselvam will not be attending the meeting of finance ministers of south Indian states in Thiruvananthapuram.(PTI File Photo)
Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister and finance minister, O Paneerselvam will not be attending the meeting of finance ministers of south Indian states in Thiruvananthapuram.(PTI File Photo)

Tamil Nadu oppn parties flay Panneerselvam’s decision to skip meet of southern states

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2018 07:43 PM IST
The Tuesday meeting of finance ministers of southern states is being held to discuss the proposals of the 15th Finance Commission which they fear could go against them.
Rajinikanth, with fellow actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan at a protest in support of ongoing agitations in Tamil Nadu.(PTI Photo)
Rajinikanth, with fellow actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan at a protest in support of ongoing agitations in Tamil Nadu.(PTI Photo)

Rajinikanth says CSK should think about Cauvery issue, time not right for IPL in Chennai

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana, Chennai
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2018 09:55 PM IST
Actor-politician Rajinikanth also said that if it was not possible to withdraw IPL from Chennai at this stage, then the players should wear black badges to highlight the plight of the state’s farmers.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) players during a practice session for IPL T20-2018 tournament at MAC Stadium in Chennai.(PTI File Photo)
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) players during a practice session for IPL T20-2018 tournament at MAC Stadium in Chennai.(PTI File Photo)

Tamil Nadu parties oppose IPL matches in Chennai over Cauvery issue

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 11:55 PM IST
Tamil Nadu parties said IPL organisers should consider the plight of farmers and protests over the Centre’s delay in constituting a board to resolve the decades-old Cauvery water-sharing dispute with Karnataka.
Leaders of various opposition parties hold a ‘road roko’ protest in Chennai on Thursday.(PTI photo)
Leaders of various opposition parties hold a ‘road roko’ protest in Chennai on Thursday.(PTI photo)

Cauvery issue: DMK-backed bandh evokes mixed response in Tamil Nadu

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2018 07:23 PM IST
While protesters blocked roads and disrupted railway services across the state, police stepped up efforts to ensure that essential services were not hit.
Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam, fisheries minister D Jayakumar and others break their day-long fast on the Cauvery issue in Chennai on Tuesday.(PTI)
Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam, fisheries minister D Jayakumar and others break their day-long fast on the Cauvery issue in Chennai on Tuesday.(PTI)

Sumptuous lunch break turns AIADMK’s hunger strike into farce

By KV Lakshmana, Chennai
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2018 05:59 PM IST
The AIADMK’s image took a hit after pictures emerged of its cadres eating biryani during a day-long hunger strike on Tuesday. But Tamil Nadu’s ruling party claims the pictures were morphed.
Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam begin hunger strike over Cauvery Management Board issue, in Chennai.(ANI Photo)
Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam begin hunger strike over Cauvery Management Board issue, in Chennai.(ANI Photo)

Cauvery issue: Tamil Nadu CM, deputy CM begin hunger strike

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2018 07:10 PM IST
Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam participated in the strike in Chennai, while in districts, the protest was led by other ministers and party leaders.
Policemen outside the gate of Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research in Chennai on Friday.(ANI Twitter)
Policemen outside the gate of Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research in Chennai on Friday.(ANI Twitter)

Stalker slits teen’s throat outside college in Chennai, had wanted to marry her

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2018 08:10 AM IST
Police said the girl’s parents had lodged a complaint against the accused last month for allegedly pestering her with proposals of marriage.
A statue of social reformer EVR Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, was vandalised in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
A statue of social reformer EVR Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, was vandalised in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

Brahmins attacked in Tamil Nadu as Periyar statue vandalism triggers violence, protests

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2018 10:05 PM IST
The attack on Brahmins is viewed as a retaliatory move after senior BJP leader H Raja posted, and removed later, remarks that Periyar’s statues in Tamil Nadu will fall next following communist icon Vladimir Lenin’s in Tripura.
A statue of social reformer EVR Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, was vandalised in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.(ANI Photo/Twitter)
A statue of social reformer EVR Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, was vandalised in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.(ANI Photo/Twitter)

Tamil Nadu BJP leader, whose Periyar remark sparked row, expresses ‘heartfelt regret’

Chennai, Hindustan Times | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2018 12:35 PM IST
H Raja had said that Periyar’s statues in Tamil Nadu will meet the same fate after Communist leader Lenin’s statue was razed in Tripura.
A petrol bomb was hurled at the BJP office in Coimbatore early Wednesday.(ANI/ Twitter)
A petrol bomb was hurled at the BJP office in Coimbatore early Wednesday.(ANI/ Twitter)

Periyar statue vandalised in Vellore, petrol bomb hurled at BJP Coimbatore office

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2018 05:15 PM IST
The four culprits came on two bikes, hurled the petrol bombs at the BJP office and escaped before the police on guard could catch them. 
The Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) protest against the demolition of Lenin's statue in Tripura. A BJP leader H Raja on Tuesday allegedly put up a social media post that read: “Today Lenin’s statue, tomorrow Tamil Nadu’s EVR Ramaswami statue”, sparking protests in Tamil Nadu.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
The Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) protest against the demolition of Lenin's statue in Tripura. A BJP leader H Raja on Tuesday allegedly put up a social media post that read: “Today Lenin’s statue, tomorrow Tamil Nadu’s EVR Ramaswami statue”, sparking protests in Tamil Nadu.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

After Lenin, it’s Periyar: Statue vandalised in Vellore after BJP leader’s remark, TN parties up in arms

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2018 11:39 PM IST
The Vellore incident came on a day political parties in Tamil Nadu raised a storm against BJP national secretary H Raja’s statement on social media that indicated that statues of Periyar in Tamil Nadu could face the same fate at those of Lenin in Tripura.
In Tamil Nadu, BJP national secretary H Raja in a celebratory mood put out a warning to the Dravidian parties, saying now it was the turn of Periyar statues in the southern state.
In Tamil Nadu, BJP national secretary H Raja in a celebratory mood put out a warning to the Dravidian parties, saying now it was the turn of Periyar statues in the southern state.

DMK wants strict action against BJP leader Raja for his remark on Periyar statue

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2018 07:54 PM IST
A post on BJP’s national secretary H Raja’s Facebook page said: ‘Today Lenin’s statue, tomorrow Tamil Nadu’s EVR Ramaswami’s statue.’
Actor Rajinikanth has said he will float a political party that will practise "spiritual politics" and contest in all of Tamil Nadu’s 234 constituencies in the next assembly elections.(IANS File Photo)
Actor Rajinikanth has said he will float a political party that will practise "spiritual politics" and contest in all of Tamil Nadu’s 234 constituencies in the next assembly elections.(IANS File Photo)

Rajinikanth says he will fill vacuum in Tamil Nadu politics, can repeat MGR’s good governance

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2018 10:12 PM IST
Veteran actor Rajinikanth unveiled a statue of late chief minister MG Ramachandran at a private medical college in Chennai in the presence of a huge crowd and spoke about his political plunge.
Rajinikanth, while announcing his entry into politics last December, had pointed out the failure of systems and how he wanted to make a meaningful change to governance.(IANS Photo)
Rajinikanth, while announcing his entry into politics last December, had pointed out the failure of systems and how he wanted to make a meaningful change to governance.(IANS Photo)

Rajinikanth’s political rally marred by ‘illegal’ posters; Kamal takes a jibe

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2018 07:58 PM IST
On Monday, ahead of his first big public rally at the MGR University in Chennai where he also unveiled the statue of the late chief minister MGR, Rajinikanth came in for criticism as huge, obtrusive posters lined the roads leading to the venue.
DMK leader MK Stalin suggested that all MPs from Tamil Nadu should resign if the Centre fails to immediately set up Cauvery Management Board .(PTI File Photo)
DMK leader MK Stalin suggested that all MPs from Tamil Nadu should resign if the Centre fails to immediately set up Cauvery Management Board .(PTI File Photo)

DMK’s Stalin urges Tamil Nadu CM to ask MPs to resign over Cauvery water dispute

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2018 03:08 PM IST
DMK president MK Stalin says his party is ready to make any sacrifice to protect the interest of the state’s farmers.
HT Image
HT Image

Tamil Nadu: 86 rescued from St Joseph’s Hospice over ‘organ harvesting’

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2018 11:47 PM IST
Villagers surrounding the hospice, located at Salavakkam in Chennai’s neighbouring Chengalpattu district, have been protesting against the facility since Tuesday last week when an old woman and a man were found being transported in a van along with the dead body of another old man.
Director of IIT-M Bhaskar Ramamoorthy, who was also present at the event, said the institution does not issue any directions to students for a particular song to be sung.(AP File Photo)
Director of IIT-M Bhaskar Ramamoorthy, who was also present at the event, said the institution does not issue any directions to students for a particular song to be sung.(AP File Photo)

Sanskrit invocation song at IIT Madras event, attended by central ministers, sparks row

Press Trust of India, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2018 08:05 PM IST
The IIT Madras students sung ‘Maha Ganapathim Manasa Smarami’, penned by late poet Muthuswami Dikshithar, as the invocation song.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets during the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Auroville International township at Villupuram district at Tamil Nadu on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets during the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Auroville International township at Villupuram district at Tamil Nadu on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

‘Spiritualism needed even as world makes progress in science and tech’, Modi at Auroville

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2018 10:51 PM IST
Modi also interacted with students of the International School of Education on his first visit to Puducherry after becoming PM. 
PM Modi addresses a gathering at the launch of a scheme to provide subsidised two-wheelers to working women, in Chennai on Saturday.(ANI Photo/Twitter)
PM Modi addresses a gathering at the launch of a scheme to provide subsidised two-wheelers to working women, in Chennai on Saturday.(ANI Photo/Twitter)

PM Modi launches subsidised ‘Amma’ two-wheeler scheme in Tamil Nadu

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2018 10:35 PM IST
PM Modi also launched a sapling planting drive to commemorate the 70th birth anniversary celebrations of the late J Jayalalithaa.
Cauvery river flowing in to Kallanai Dam in Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court increased Karnataka's share of water and directed the state to release 177.25 tmc to Tamil Nadu on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Cauvery river flowing in to Kallanai Dam in Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court increased Karnataka's share of water and directed the state to release 177.25 tmc to Tamil Nadu on Friday.(PTI Photo)

Tamil Nadu all party meet decides on united fight on Cauvery issue

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By KV Lakshmana, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2018 11:38 PM IST
The Tamil Nadu all-party meeting comes in the wake of Karnataka’s proposed decision to challenge the Supreme Court order on the setting up of the Cauvery board. 
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