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TN This Week: Governor Unilaterally Picks 3 University VCs; Students, Teachers Enraged

Sruti MD |
NewsClick brings you a round-up of the happenings in the past week in Tamil Nadu.
TN This Week

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Two men lost their lives due to asphyxiation after opening a manhole lid in a sewage chamber at the Ordnance Clothing Factory (OCF) quarters in Avadi, 22 km from Chennai, on Thursday.

Fifteen students at a school in Karur district reportedly refused to eat food provided under the breakfast scheme as it was cooked by a dalit woman. The district collector intervened and had breakfast at a school.

Tamil Nadu received approximately 3.9 thousand million cubic feet of Cauvery water from Karnataka within just one week, a significant portion of the allotted 6.48 tmcft to be delivered over a span of 15 days.

The Cauvery Delta Protection League has called upon the Tamil Nadu government to sanction a compensation of R 35,000 per acre to the farmers who have cultivated and lost the Kuruvai paddy crop due to a shortage of water in the Cauvery River. It also announced an indefinite protest from September 20 demanding a quantum of water for irrigation.

The Madras High Court on Friday took up, of its own accord, a review of the discharge of two senior politicians – DMK minister I Periyasamy and former AIADMK minister B Valarmathi – in corruption cases probed by the state’s Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC). So far, the court has taken up on its own, similar cases against DMK ministers K Ponmudy, Thangam Thennarasu, and KKSSR Ramachandran.

The Madras High Court on Tuesday left it to Chief Minister MK Stalin to take a call on the continuation of Minister Senthil Balaji – who is under custody in a money laundering case – in the Cabinet as a minister without portfolio. The court added that Balaji’s continuation in the Cabinet did not serve any purpose and did not augur well with Constitutional principles.

In his first episode of the ‘Speaking for India’ podcast series, CM Stalin said that the BJP government at the Centre had failed to fulfil its poll promises, especially with regards to people’s welfare schemes, and was using religion as a weapon to hide all its shortcomings.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) held picket protests in more than 300 centres across Tamil Nadu on Thursday condemning the Narendra Modi-led Union government for not controlling inflation and not creating employment. Read more

A preliminary survey report on nomadic tribes (NT) in Tamil Nadu, released by Vanavil Trust on Wednesday, shows that nobody completed school in 1,118 out of 1,485 NT households in Tamil Nadu. Read more

Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF) held a special convention in Chennai on Sunday to discuss issues of students of the oppressed sections at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other central universities. Read more

NewsClick brings you a round-up of the happenings in the past week in Tamil Nadu.


At least three organisations representing working and retired faculty members of various higher education institutions in Tamil Nadu separately issued statements, condemning Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi for unilaterally constituting “search-cum-selection” committees for filling the posts of Vice-Chancellors in three state universities.


Students stage a protest by burning images of Governor R N Ravi. Image courtesy: SFI, Tamil Nadu.


Students’ Federation of India (SFI) held protests in universities across the state opposing the move on Friday. 


Udhayanidhi Stalin, the son of Chief Minister MK Stalin, sparked controversy on Saturday when he said that Sanatana Dharma is incompatible with the concept of social justice and should be “eliminated”. Udhayanidhi drew parallels between Sanatana Dharma and diseases like dengue and malaria, drawing sharp criticism from BJP leaders. 

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday said his son had expressed certain comments about the “inhuman principles” preached in it and accused the BJP of being 'desperate' to create division in the mega opposition bloc, INDIA. Read more

The remark has sparked a debate on media platforms about what exactly Sanatana Dharma is and whether it should be eradicated in toto or only in parts. Read more

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