articles by Divya Karthikeyan

India

Raju failed school exam, paid with his life

Education is one of few pathways out of poverty, but underprivileged children like Raju, who hanged himself from a tamarind tree in Telangana, cannot afford private tuitions

Politics

Sonshine in poll-bound Sivagangai

Despite facing graft allegations, Karti Chidambaram has the support of friends and Congress

India

In Chennai, Child Welfare Committee struggles to stay afloat, with no chairperson for five years

The CWC in Chennai has not had a chairperson for five years, and has only three members, as opposed to five.

India

Tamil Nadu fares poorly when it comes to women's safety and security; badly handled Nirbhaya Fund worsens problem

The Nirbhaya Fund is a corpus fund announced in the Budget session of 2013, after the December 2012 rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi.

India

Chennai hopes to keep drinking water woes at bay as major reservoirs record sufficient storage this year

After a successful North East monsoon bringing the maximum rainfall to the city as opposed to other drought-ridden cities and districts, Chennai has fulfilled its promises of reducing water shortage.

India

Tamil Nadu real estate series Part 4: Rampant construction make realtors richer as water table goes poorer

Many know little about the extremely worrying consequences of borewells on water recharge areas and buffers which have already been encroached on.

India

Tamil Nadu real estate series Part 3: Land grabbing becomes political turf as citizens suffer convoluted legal battles

While the claims of widespread land grabbing by the DMK during their regime from 2006-11 are not without basis, Jayalalithaa used these claims also to settle political scores.

India

Tamil Nadu real estate series Part 2: Realty rots in Chennai as rampant bribery makes regularisation a method to pelf

Regularisation of plots as per new guidelines is a mammoth task as the only to get to the end of this labyrinthine process is through bribery.

India

Tamil Nadu real estate series Part 1: A flooded Velachery Lake in 2015 failed to teach govt a lesson

Illegal encroachment of the Velachery lake in Chennai, Tamil Nadu is one of the major reasons for which the city went through a devastating flood in 2015.

India

The inheritance of crop losses: How are Centre's insurance schemes faring in drought-hit Tamil Nadu?

India has a history of experimenting with crop insurance, most of which have tipped towards failure. Every scheme so far has been made compulsory for farmers who take agricultural loans from any financial institution, and is voluntary for other farmers

India

Tamil Nadu, once a pioneering state for welfare of transgenders, now shuns the third gender

Unspent money, no welfare board, no members to represent transgenders, Tamil Nadu once a model state for transgender policies now crumbles.

Life

Perumal Murugan on row over his book One Part Woman: 'I am not the controversy, I am the writer'

With the Madhorubagan controversy and legal troubles behind him, Perumal Murugan is looking firmly to the future

India

South India's Drought Part 3: Parched lands in Nagapattinam lead to distress migration

This is the third article from an eight-part series of ground reports on the ongoing water crisis in south India. In this piece the author writes about how the Dalits in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu are forced to migrate because of the acute water crisis and no land rights.

India

JNU student suicide: Subtle and overt discrimination haunting young Dalits in Indian colleges

On 12 March, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was jolted by the alleged suicide of 27-year-old Muthukrishnan Jeevanandham — a PhD student and a Dalit from Salem in Tamil Nadu

Politics

Exclusive: TN Cong president Thirunavukkarasar dismisses talk of supporting either Sasikala or OPS

In an exclusive interview, S Thirunavukkarasar, Tamil Nadu Congress state president says that the party is waiting and watching the political scenario.

Politics

Watch: O Panneerselvam discusses Jayalalithaa's death and her missing will

The caretaker Tamil Nadu chief minister and challenger to VK Sasikala spoke exclusively to Firstpost on the controversy over Jayalalithaa’s death and how he was ill treated by Sasikala and ministers

India

Jallikattu violence: Chennai's fishingfolk live in fear as 'savagery' of saviours robs trust off cops

A ground report from the fishing hamlets that witnessed violence during the Jallikattu protests throws new light and deepens the intrigue