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Man-animal conflict: Why culling may work well

The recent incidents involving the tusker Arikomban in Kerala and later in Tamil Nadu have sparked a furore among the public and unsettled government officials in both states. There was an outpouring of sentiment from stakeholders on the rough handling of the elephant. However, the issue of...

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Politics

Savukku Shankar: Once a soaring idealist . . .

Savukku Shankar, the social-media influencer, is in the limelight yet again. But behind bars now, on flimsy and even imaginary charges and attacked while in custody. His lawyers apprehend the draconian Goondas Act could be invoked against him....

The real Rae Bareli choice: Incompetence vs brutality

As far as Amethi and Rae Bareli are concerned, the BJP does have a point. Ideally speaking the entire clan should be booted out of UP. The condition of their so-called pocket boroughs  is pathetic. Visited the region not long ago and found even...

Sleaze video scandal rocks election landscape in Karnataka

As the second phase of general elections in 2024 looms closer, the political arena in Karnataka is ablaze with controversy following the emergence of hundreds of  sleaze videos allegedly involving MP candidate Prajwal Revanna from the powerful...

Culture

Who celebrated Onam first? Answer: The Pandyas

(This article was first published on Sept 7, 2022) As Keralites throughout the world are celebrating Onam festival, the cultural festival of Malayalees cutting across caste and religion, a public holiday has been announced in several districts...

Warli tribe’s colorful tradition

At the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples celebrated near Mumbai recently, the cynosure of all eyes was the parade of adivasis: The most striking feature about them was that the clothes and hats they wore and the musical...

Coconut food festival adds flavour to Aadi in Kongunadu

Tamil Nadu abounds in festivals marked by various food items depending on the geographical and cultural features of the regions. The Kongu region comprising Salem, Erode, Dharmapuri, Namakkal and Tirupur celebrates the advent of the Tamil month...

One hundred years of goli soda

In Tamil Nadu, the very mention of soft - or cool - drinks brings back to mind goli soda. Time was when goli soda was served to guests at home as a token of honour. Post-Independence, the industry expanded. But after the advent of the foreign...

Polarization – where are we headed?

Just a day after he vehemently denied he ever did communal politics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi went back to his old refrain, alleging in a Maharashtra rally that the Congress during its previous rule had wanted to allocate 15 per cent of the government budget...

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Food

GI tag for Vellore thorny brinjal, Ramnad rotund chilli

In recognition of Tamil Nadu’s indigenous varieties of brinjal and chillies, the thorny brinjal of Vellore and the rotund chilli of Ramanathapuram have been given the geographical indication or GI tag. ‘Mullu kaththarikaai’ (thorny brinjal) is...

Drink water regularly; it does more than just quench thirst

Drinking enough water every day plays a great role in maintaining human health. Water accounts for 75 per cent of the substances our body is made up of, and drinking enough water aids digestion and regulates metabolism. How much water should you...

Have greens everyday to keep diseases at bay

Food in itself and of itself is medicine. So goes an old Tamil adage. Familiar with the medicinal properties of greens, our forefathers made them a part of their daily diet. Modern doctors too insist on taking greens regularly as they play a...

Drop it like a hot potato: Boiled good, french fries bad

Is potato good for health or not?  Some vouch for the potato’s health benefits such as being able to prevent cancer. But others say the tuber is anything but healthy. So, which is it? Potato, one of the world’s important food crops, is a...

No oil no boil — raw food restaurant serves superfoods

In the midst of an explosion of exotic food fads and Internet gourmet gurus, Chennai’s own Kannamma Neelakandan flips all our assumptions about food on their head — by serving delicious, multi-course meals without cooking! On the outskirts of the city in...

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Civic Issues

CMDA crosses 50 years: Time to assess

Urbanization has reached such a level in Tamil Nadu that the functioning of the CMDA (Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority) is under the lens now.  A failing CMDA is an indication of the poor state of urban governance in the state reflected in declining...

Environment

Kerala caught in storm over Justice for Arikomban

Kerala: Protest marches, road blockades, endless poster campaigns on digital platforms, legal wrangles, vociferous discussions in television channels, poetry readings, music albums, cultural resistance and much more — Kerala is caught in jumbo debate over problem...

Sports

Chennai, TN, the surfing capital of India

Surfing in Chennai and all of Tamil Nadu has seen a surge in popularity, captivating both locals and tourists along the state’s long and breathtaking coastline. The state's diverse range of surf spots cater to surfers of all levels, making it an enticing...

CSK’s Gujarati, GT’s Tamil talent bode well for IPL

“You do get emotional; the first game at CSK everyone was chanting my name. My eyes were full of tears,” said an emotional Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he led Chennai Super Kings to a record fifth IPL final on Monday. So without going into the details of how and where...

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