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Better Tamil Nadu

Better Tamil Nadu

Ramanathapuram high achiever becomes doctor

D Ilakkiya, who studied at the Elite School initiated by former Ramanathapuram collector K Nandakumar, is now a doctor after scoring 100% in three subjects in Class 12. Elite school is a special government school for high performers in Ramanathapuram. Ilakkiya’s father Dhakshinamoorthy runs a...

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Opinion

‘Tamil Nadu economy: Binging on borrowing’

‘Tamil Nadu economy: Binging on borrowing’

The current DMK government in Tamil Nadu had severely criticised the previous AIADMK government over the ballooning of the state's debt over the years. When it came to power after a decade in the Opposition, the DMK government released a White Paper on State finances...

How the Nayan wedding event holds a mirror to our society

How the Nayan wedding event holds a mirror to our society

Tamil weddings are often chaotic family affairs but the Vignesh Shivan, Nayan wedding was a carefully orchestrated and controlled media event where the media wasn’t invited. Top stars were in attendance. From Rajinikanth through Shah Rukh Khan and Mani Ratnam, all the...

Did Tamil Rajamouli movie RRR look like a gay flick to you?

Did Tamil Rajamouli movie RRR look like a gay flick to you?

It didn’t for me! But, let’s start from the beginning, shall we?  Pride month is here, and apparently the Tamil Rajamouli movie, RRR has captured the attention of the American audience! Yes, in a very “pride-like” fashion! It seems the chemistry between the two male...

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Editor’s Pick

Editor's Pick

Pearl City Massacre: Lest we forget

A dhoti-clad man is lying on the road and his body is barely moving. Policemen in riotgear are shuffling around, shooing away people. Another man standing next to the body with blood streaming down his face is crying. He is pleading with the person taking the video that he should get him out of...

Pearl City Massacre
Editor's Pick

After Amby, Contessa to come back in Tamilnadu?

Hindustan Motors may well be considering reviving the Contessa through its Tamilnadu plant, given that the company recently trademarked the Contessa nameplate. When the global car community talks about a muscle car, minds wander around American muscle cars. The iconic Ford Mustang, the beastly...

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G Square, Annamalai: Reality check on plot approval

Last week in a press conference, BJP state president had alleged that the group of property developer firms, G Square, has been able to get CMDA plot approval within eight days. He also said it takes 200 days for others to get their plot approval typically. Here’s a reality check from the...

Politics

O Panneerselvam: How No 2 never becomes No 1 in kazhagams

The predicament of O Panneerselvam seems to be a pattern in the Dravidian parties. Nedunchezhiyan was permanently fixed at the second spot be it the party (DMK or AIADMK) or the government hierarchy and could never reach the top spot. He...

Contract jobs, a non-political view

Instead of new recruitment as Tamilnadu government employees, governments have been using contract workers for a long time. From life saving professions to nurses to others, contract workers are being used extensively by government and are paid...

EPS dominates but OPS has legal grip over AIADMK party

What cannot be cured, must be endured, especially in the AIADMK party. This is the moral of the story for the broken and bruised AIADMK camp, divided sharply between the Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) and O Panneerselvam (OPS) groups. Today's...

How Tamil news media blacks out Arappor: Jayaram Venkatesan

Arappor Iyakkam convenor Jayaram Venkatesan has been campaigning against corruption fleshing out prima facie evidence of wrongdoing by officials and ministers. Arappor’s spurs were in the Anna Hazare movement but in the last five years has set a record of memorable...

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Culture

Therukoothu: Method acting is the norm in ancient folk art

Therukoothu is alive and kicking -- at least in some places during the Tamil months of Aani and Aadi. Therukoothu themes are often the smaller stories of the Mahabharatha, the nuggets that are spicy and carry a message. Therukoothu is typically...

Droupadi Murmu: The Dravidian connect to Odisha tribes

Droupadi Murmu, who is from the Santhal tribe in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, is the presidential candidate of the BJP. Her candidature has facilitated Biju Janata Dal support which is crucial for the BJP to get 50% of the electoral...

Food

Organic certification: Much of the produce is uncertified

Organic produce is often marketed as non-toxic in Chennai but without any certification. Sales depends on trust created by word of mouth. Below is the second part of (read first part here) of the interview with Arogyam Organic Foods managing...

Ghost kitchen in Tamil Nadu: To stay or will go soon?

The spread of the ghost kitchen in Tamil Nadu has transformed the dining experience from eating in restaurants to  enjoying cuisines delivered through food aggregators by delivery modes (i.e. outside a restaurant). This has changed eating habits...

Plant-based meat: Just a pricey lifestyle choice?

Plant-based meats refer to food products that mimic animal meat products. The eating experience and taste are equivalent to consuming meat. They appear like meat too. They may also be called “fake” meats, “meat alternatives,” or “vegan meats.” A...

Traditional rice varieties Tamil Nadu: In tune with the times

The traditional rice varieties of Tamil Nadu are seeing a renewal in interest (click here and here for more on this). This article summarizes the scientific aspects. Rice is India’s pre-eminent crop and is the staple food of the people of...

Nayan wedding trail: Is jackfruit biryani healthier?

Among the newsmakers in the Nayan-Shivan wedding was Jackfruit Biryani that was served to guests. This mock-meat dish may have helped guests eat a biryani with the texture of meat but without actually eating meat. But how healthy is jackfruit biryani? Can biryani...

Jackfruit biryani

Civic Issues

Expert panel for flood in Chennai wanted transparency, but . . .

Years before the DMK government gave the former bureaucrat V Thiruppugazh the job of studying the disastrous 2021 flood in Chennai and suggesting permanent remedies, he had undertaken a study of best practices in the wake of the 2015 flood in the city on behalf of...

Chennai Metro to be disabled-friendly, but what about MTC?

It is a running battle between disability rights activists and government establishments to get officials to obey the law. Although it is six years since the new law on rights of the disabled was passed, the situation on the ground is far from improved, whether in...

Environment

India’s poor performance holds lessons for Chennai environment

The precipitous slide in India’s ranking on the Environmental Performance Index this year to rock bottom at 180 has triggered anger and denial by the Union government but it can provide lessons for Chennai environment protection. “Unfounded assumptions”, “surmises”...

Can Tamil Nadu coast survive deadly wet bulb temperature?

The buzz around wet bulb temperature has reached the Coromandel coast with cyclone Asani turning out to be only a brief interlude. The heat wave that has swept many parts of India in recent days, surpassing previously recorded peaks in April and May of 2010, has...

Sports

Cricketer Dinesh Karthik: A dazzling comeback

Cricketer Dinesh Karthik has made a dazzling comeback after being written-off as a serious contender in international cricket. On the verge of being a had-been, Dinesh soldiered on, playing in Madurai local cricket, and taking a shot at commentating. But then he...

Sai Kishore IPL 2022: Super king ignored by Dhoni process

R Sai Kishore, a familiar name in Tamil Nadu and Indian domestic circuit, has just lifted the IPL 2022 title with Gujarat Titans. A proper underrated player in an underrated team. In the four games he played this season, he took six wickets with a good economy rate...

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