Midday meals not only promote enrolment in educational institutions but also encourage equality by mandating that children sit together and eat regardless of caste.
The Tamil writer will be remembered for his views on communalism, the battle of the sexes and the Emergency, but also his silence on caste.
The researchers have now set their sights on developing software to calculate optimum fertiliser amounts for crop fields given other cultivation parameters.
Sandhya Ravishankar has been receiving threats and abusive messages ever since she published a four-part exposé on the sand mafia in The Wire.
The petitioners have demanded action against the people threatening Sandhya Ravishankar, saying their actions violate the freedom of press.
Chandra Subramanium was married at 16 and widowed at 24. At 28, she has now built a life for herself as a farmer.
Farmers from Tamil Nadu are protesting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against state apathy towards their concerns.
Ever since the series came out, Sandhya Ravishankar says she has been harassed by online trolls and on the phone, receiving multiple threats of violence.
Desalination is considered a solution to increasing water shortage in the world. A few functional desalination plants in Tamil Nadu, however, show a different picture.
Thiruvengadam from Tamil Nadu has diversified from simply cultivating paddy to growing vegetables and selling saplings to increase his income.
What the leaders of bahujan parties have done by asserting their backward identity and standing up to oppression is bring the millions that hail from the oppressed sections into mainstream political discourse.
Court orders and executive decisions made by states’ stamp and registration departments all want such fraudulent transfer cases declared ‘null and void’.
While farmers, researchers and activists want politicians to be more transparent and honest, the government continues to say due process will be followed in Neduvasal.
The ‘drought fighter’ helps reduce fuel consumption, making crop cultivation cheaper and more efficient.
A story written by Cho Ramaswamy in 1996 has a lot to say about Tamil Nadu politics.
As TN assembly speaker P. Dhanapal was pushed and shoved in the commotion created by DMK MLAs, assembly marshals stepped in and safely escorted him out.
Many of the existing benefits and beneficiaries have failed to find protection under the Act, which is limited only to the distribution aspects, ignoring several vital elements such as agriculture, climate change and farmer’s rights.
The BJP and its supporters, who sparked and sustained the pro-Jallikattu protests, do not seem to take the very real dangers associated with the sport seriously.
Palaniswamy’s appointment ended the ten-day political flux in the state which began with O. Panneerselvam’s revolt against the AIADMK general secretary.
What bearing will a loss in the assembly elections have on the BJP ? Narendra Modi’s position remains unassailable, but will Amit Shah be safe?
Ending the 10-day impasse in Tamil Nadu, Palaniswami has been invited by the governor to form the government and seek a vote of confidence as soon as possible.
The court also commented on the role played by Jayalalithaa in the conspiracy to amass wealth and strongly indicted her.
Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor of The Wire, discusses Sasikala’s conviction and what it means for the state’s politics in a Facebook Live chat.
Tamil Nadu continues to witness cycles of flood and drought annually. Mismanagement of traditional water management systems is one of the main reasons.
While O. Panneerselvan says V.K. Sasikala is keeping MLAs ‘hostage’, reports say she may go on hunger strike if the governor does not invite her to take the oath of office soon.
As O. Panneerselvam and V.K. Sasikala continue to vie for party loyalty, there is trouble brewing for Tamil Nadu’s courts.
Providing a UBI in place of existing schemes will not change the fundamentally unequal income distribution in the country. The way to resolve the crisis is a redistribution from the rich to the poor.
Tamil Nadu’s governor is still evaluating the legal opinion on V.K. Sasikala’s claim to the chief minister post, while several MLAs from the Panneerselvam camp have approached the Election Commission.
In an interview, V.C. Arukutty discusses the trials faced by AIADMK legislators on the ground as people show their anger at Sasikala’s leadership.
The pride that Jallikattu evokes is clearly associated with people from a particular dominant caste, often at the forefront of violence against Dalits.
In an exclusive interaction with The Wire, O. Panneerselvam, the caretaker chief minister of Tamil Nadu, says that he is prepared to prove his support on the floor of the legislature.
Observers are asking why the Governor cannot be open about what exactly is happening in the state
“Amma gave him several opportunities when she was alive. Which is why I gave him an opportunity as well,” Sasikala on Pannerselvam.
Asked if she thought her swearing-in was being delayed by the governor even though she has been elected leader of the legislature party, Sasikala told reporters, “I feel exactly what you feel.”
If Sasikala is found guilty in the disproportionate assets case, in which the Supreme Court is set to deliver its judgment soon, she will have to step down as chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
Sasikala has several hurdles to overcome if she wants a long innings in office, from the numerous power struggles within her family to public animosity.
The cow, the bull and the buffalo are unlikely to disappear from mainstream Indian politics for some time.
A journalist’s account of the perils of investigating illegal beach sand mining in Tamil Nadu.
The recently declassified report dated as early as March 1986 details CIA’s thorough analysis on possible repercussions of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.
S. Vaikundarajan has been accused of large-scale illegal mining, a charge he denies, though he admits to using all sorts of methods to tackle those who stand in his way.