articles by Sandhya Ravishankar

long-reads

Anatomy of a protest: Thoothukudi remains angry 18 days later

The answer to the question 'Why did the anti-Sterlite protest turn violent?' lies in the events that unfolded in Thoothukudi in the preceding two weeks

India

Chennai's 'man-made' heatwave: City has only rapid concretisation, loss of green spaces to blame

When the sun's rays hit roads and concrete buildings in Chennai, they absorb the heat, and after a point, begin to radiate it right back at us

Politics

KR Subramaniam's death reeks of Tamil Nadu's murky politics, mysterious suicides and accidents

In Tamil Nadu, when leaders of political parties get into trouble, their close aides and confidantes commit “suicides” or meet with unexplained “accidents”

Politics

CBI raids Chidambaram, Karti's homes: Here's why Congress leader is disliked within party's state unit, DMK

The CBI raids on P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in connection with the FIPB clearances accorded to Peter and Indrani Mukerjea-owned INX Media in 2007-08, has only put a smirk on the faces of most of his colleagues in the Congress party in Tamil Nadu.

India

Drought in the Western Ghats Part 6: Tamil Nadu's over-dependence on ground water has left it parched

Tamil Nadu has very few perennial rivers; it's mostly seasonal rivers, fed by rainfall, that irrigate large swathes of the state. Without its ground water, the state cannot survive

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Drought in the Western Ghats Part 1: Urbanisation demands see hills sacrificed to whims of mining, industry lobbies

The towering Western Ghats, one of the world's largest natural areas of biodiversity, and providing magnificent green cover over south India, is under threat. And with its destruction, south India is becoming more and more parched every year

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South India's Drought Part 4: Water crisis in Tamil Nadu is a manifestation of climate change, say experts

Tamil Nadu is facing higher frequency of extreme weather events and the effects of global climate change are coming from the sea, say experts.

Politics

Jayalalithaa's 'political heirs' do not live up to former chief minister's legacy

None of the aspirants – Sasikala, O Panneerselvam, Dhinakaran, Deepa – none of them have the qualities of Jayalalithaa.

Politics

Jayalalithaa's medical reports: Minister V Saroja fudged her way out of answering critical questions

Saroja first began by explaining what menopause was and how different women react to it differently. Stress, she added, was a complicating factor.

India

Jayalalithaa's discharge summary released by TN govt: Crucial questions regarding her death still unanswered

A close look at Jayalalithaa's discharge summary and AIIMS medical reports paints a confusing mosaic. Firstpost breaks down the medical jargon and poses the crucial questions that need answering

long-reads

Will the real Sasikala please stand up?

Sasikala, the little-known puppet master of Tamil Nadu politics is hoping to take control of the state in the face of stiff opposition from within

Politics

Watch: Doctor who treated Jayalalithaa in June-September 2016 says ill-treatment killed her

Sankar says he was called in to treat the late Jayalalithaa when she was unable to even move in June 2016.

Politics

Mystery over Jayalalithaa's death: Prescribed wrong diabetes meds before hospitalisation?

Questions swirl over late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's illness, treatment and her death on 5 December in Apollo Hospitals in Chennai.

India

Cyclone Vardah killed Chennai's internet, so our writer sent us a handwritten story

The uprooted trees have bee removed, the arterial roads have been cleared, and work is on full swing two days after cyclone Vardah tore into Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts

Politics

Sasikala's role after Jayalalithaa: Who is she to take over AIADMK, many question in TN

Since 8 December, two days after late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa was buried in Chennai, new Chief Minister O Panneerselvam along with 31 others ministers in his cabinet have trooped in and out of Poes Garden every day.

Politics

Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar aims to make things tricky for Sasikala

As Sasikala Natarajan readies to takeover AIADMK, the road ahead for niece and Jayalalithaa-lookalike Deepa Jayakumar will be a tough one, but one that can create a power-tussle in Poes Garden

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As Sasikala attempts to take over AIADMK, disproportionate assets case looms large

As Sasikala marches on to fulfill her political ambition, a Damocles’ sword continues to hang over her head – that of the Rs 58 crore Disproportionate Assets case currently awaiting orders on appeal in the Supreme Court.

Politics

After Jayalalithaa: Rahul Gandhi infuriates 'ally' DMK by cosying up to AIADMK

Rahul Gandhi infuriates the DMK as he reaches out to the ruling party, post Jayalalithaa

Politics

Jayalalithaa's silence on demonetisation leads AIADMK to second-guess her stance

“I have taken a rebirth,” wrote Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, in a statement issued from Apollo Hospital, Chennai on 13 November

India

Why converting to Islam won't help Nagapattinam's Dalits

Why the recent conversion threat of Nagapattinam’s Dalits is not likely to make any difference to their lives