Divya Gandhi
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Divya Gandhi

The Hindu, Chennai. divgandhi@gmail.com


The town that makes designer labels

Sivakasi’s matchbox industry, as famous for its iconography as it was once notorious for child labour, is dying rapidly

The Hindu / April 2017

We must read Darwin

Mark Kurlansky, who has written about the cod and salt, about baseball and rock & roll, talks of the need to understand evolution in order to be an evolved society

The Hindu / December 2016

Elephants in the room

A small town in Tamil Nadu has become a microcosm of the tenuous co-existence between humans and elephants across the country

The Hindu / July 2016

The man who illuminated the brain

Neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth on how path breaking techniques are changing the way we see, understand and control the brain

The Hindu / January 2016

The nowhere children

There is much in the new guidelines that eases the process of adoption. But some categories of children might still never find families to take them in.

The Hindu / November 2015

India, a victim of e-waste crime

Much of the 40 million tonnes of electronic waste produced around the world — old smartphones, TVs, laptops and obsolete kitchen appliances — finds its way illegally to Asia

The Hindu / May 2015

A leaf out of Newton’s notebook

A neat black-ink notebook jotting, sourced back to his Cambridge University days, reveals that Newton in fact briefly pondered plants too.

The Hindu / February 2015

Not quite a roaring success?

Statistical extrapolation used in the tiger census is “weak” and based on an approach developed in 1938 says Ullas Karanth

The Hindu / January 2015

Reading, writing, 'rithmetic... And rape

Of the 38,868 cases of child rape recorded by NCRB over the past five years, a good proportion comes from shelters, schools and juvenile homes.

The Hindu / July 2014

New Wildlife Board is "illegal"

In its reconstituted avatar the National Wildlife Board could be catastrophic to protected habitats, opening them out to dams, mines, highways and other development projects.

The Hindu / July 2014

Malnourished amid a glut of schemes

Untouched by a gamut of Central and State schemes targeted at child and maternal health, over 33,000 children across Karnataka's Raichur district are malnourished.

The Hindu / July 2010

Women scientists up against 'systemic bias'

60 per cent of women with Ph.Ds in science never make it to research positions. The "glass ceiling” that cuts short women's careers in science has little to do with having kids.

The Hindu / May 2010

Mining devastated Tumkur and Chitradurga too

As we learn about the impact of illegal mining in Bellary, an EIA of two other iron-ore-rich districts in Karnataka, reveals repercussions on farming here.

The Hindu / December 2011

Honour killing and her battle for justice

After the horrific ‘honour killing' of almost her entire marital family by her brother, Sushma battled valiantly for justice, not least against the dictates of the Supreme Court.

The Hindu / March 2010

Gold's toxic legacy in KGF

A decade after Kolar’s goldfields were closed down by Bharat Gold Mines Ltd. it emerges that residents have been left with a frightening legacy: arsenic in their water.

The Hindu / September 2010

Caste atrocity rises in Karnataka

In Kadkol, no arrests have been made yet for the denial of access to a public water tank and later for its fouling by upper caste Hindus.

The Hindu / November 2006

Sand extraction erases livelihoods here

The insatiable demand from Bangalore’s construction industry spawns large-scale illegal sand extraction in Kanakapura, permanently changing the landscape of scores of villages.

The Hindu / August 2008

Coping with misconduct in Indian science

A possible case of manipulation in a research paper by an NCCS professor awaits an eighth investigation, exposing the need for a formal mechanism to tackle malpractice in science.

The Hindu / September 2007

Artists, the original neuroscientists?

Could Picasso, Matisse or Andy Warhol, with their magnificently inexact representations of the real world, possibly offer anything to the empiricism of neuroscience? It turns out, yes.

The Hindu / December 2013

"Scientists downplay earthquake risks"

The massive tectonic processes intrinsic to the Indian plate, notably in the Himalayan arc and on the western coast, cannot be ignored, says seismologist Vinod Kumar Gaur.

The Hindu / May 2013

A turkey in the sky?

ISRO's Rs 900 crore "education satellite" EduSat beams lectures to 10,000 classrooms in technical universities and primary schools across the country. But is it a success?

The Hindu / March 2007

Losing homes

The Soliga tribal community faces imminent eviction as BRT Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka gets a "tiger reserve" status.

Frontline / December 2010

Man-eaters: a scientific response

Two States that celebrated a formidably successful tiger conservation programme have turned into sites of unprecedented conflict between the endangered animal and people.

The Hindu / January 2014

What's heritage sans people

The vibrant Hampi bazaar, which for years thrived and morphed within an old temple complex, is being demolished, leaving traders out of work and hundreds homeless.

The Hindu / August 2011

The biggest elephant capture after khedda

The Karnataka Forest Department sets about planning its biggest ever operation to capture wild elephants since the State’s last ‘khedda’ in 1971, when 47 animals were captured.

The Hindu / October 2013

Indian deltas are sinking

And no, it is not because of sea level rise. Humans are sinking them four times faster than the sea level is rising.

The Hindu / April 2014

Ailing tigers, chicken farms and the holy cow

Snatching time between attending to 16 tigers down with gastroenteritis, a “zoo health committee”, has to now help the Government find a solution to a self-inflicted problem: the proposed ban on cattle slaughter.

The Hindu / September 2010

Farms go to waste

If you weren't looking for it, you would miss the dried stalks of ragi that poke out through the layer of plastic bags, broken glass and rotting food on Lakkappa's farm. But the 65-year-old is surprisingly uncomplaining.

The Hindu / March 2011

Coerced into destroying own homes

Under a relentless mid-morning sun, Maimunisa and her husband salvage the last of their belongings — utensils, clothes, firewood — from the home they have lived in for 25 years, and one they have been asked to destroy. Elections are round the corner.

The Hindu / March 2010

50 % of Cauvery water is lost in transit

This, in a city where piped water is largely erratic or absent, where women spend at least two hours a day fetching water from public taps and where groundwater is overexploited.

The Hindu / June 2009

Fluoride in their bones

His gaunt frame propped by walking sticks, Ramegowda C. Patil looks older than his 45 years. His painful limbs prevent him from working, and his six-acre farm has turned into a wasteland.

The Hindu / May 2010

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