Vishnu Varma

Vishnu Varma is a correspondent for the Indian Express in Kerala.

Articles By Vishnu Varma

Storming a Communist bastion, Congress sends it’s first woman Dalit MP from Kerala

32-year-old Ramya Haridas defeated two-time CPM MP PK Biju by more than 1.5 lakh votes from the Alathur Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala.

Kerala Lok Sabha election results: Congress-led UDF set to win 19 out of 20 seats, LDF decimated, BJP continues winless run

Kerala election results: For the BJP, yet to win a seat on it's own in Kerala, the initial trends are not favourable.

LiveKerala election results 2019 highlights: UDF wins 19 out of 20 seats, worst results for LDF in 3 decades

Kerala Lok Sabha election results 2019 live news updates: The Congress-led UDF has raced to the finish line, winning 19 of the 20 seats in Kerala.

SFI joins fundraising for Congress student wing member’s treatment

Rafi, a block committee member of the Kayamkulam unit of KSU, lives in a rented house with his mother, Rayihanath, who works as domestic help and is the only earning member in the family.

Kerala’s rival student outfits, SFI and KSU, sink differences to fund colleague’s treatment

SFI workers in Karunagappally, a town in Kollam district of Kerala, are busy raising funds for the treatment of Muhammad Rafi (22), a KSU worker whose kidneys are damaged.

Explained: Netherlands’ ‘Room for the River’ project that Kerala CM wants to replicate

Last year, Kerala had witnessed the century's worst floods, which claimed nearly 500 lives and wiped out thousands of homes. The Netherlands has historically been prone to flooding of rivers due to its low elevation.

Amazon Prime is betting big on regional languages

Subbu Palaniappan, who heads the member growth and engagement at Amazon Prime in India, underlined that the company recognizes the potential in bringing to users a wide array of exciting regional content including original programming.

Kerala Congress upbeat about exit poll numbers despite dismal prospects nationwide

All exit polls suggest the BJP may open it's account in the southern state with one seat, possibly Thiruvananthapuram where the saffron party fancies its chances against sitting Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.

Sony Music under fire as Kerala’s temple music videos get copyright strikes online

A host of YouTubers and social media videographers are up in arms against American giant Sony Music Entertainment for claiming copyright over the state’s temple percussion styles such as ‘pandi melam’ and ‘panchavadyam’.

Tigers thrive in Kerala forests, 175 individuals captured on camera traps in extensive survey

Conducted over the course of a year in 2017-18, the All Kerala Tiger Monitoring Programme identified a total of 176 individuals, 75 of them within the confines of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS) alone, based on camera-trap images.

Thechikottukavu Ramachandran is still in business: The story behind Kerala’s most loved (and feared) elephant

Why Thechikottukavu Ramachandran's many admirers are unwilling to let go of an old, near-blind and cranky temple elephant in Thrissur.

Kerala success story: Bihar migrant boy is board exam star, in Malayalam medium

Ever since the news of the results filtered in, Sajid, his wife Abida and the teachers at the Binanipuram Government High School have been flooded with congratulatory calls from government quarters and the media.

Thrissur Pooram: Understanding Kerala’s largest temple festival

This year, Thrissur Pooram will be held on May 13. While the Pooram itself is just one day, preparations begin months in advance.

Kerala elephant owners say no to parading tuskers from May 11; Thrissur Pooram festivities in disarray

A ban on a partially-blind 54-year-old tusker was placed by the Chief Wildlife Warden after the elephant killed two people at a housewarming ceremony in Guruvayur in February this year.

Hearing-impaired Kerala boy fought odds to become CBSE Class 10 topper in special category

Dilwin Prince, a hearing-impaired student from Thrissur district in Kerala, is the national topper in the Children with Special Needs (CWSN) category of the CBSE

Purple frog, believed to have co-existed with dinosaurs, set to be crowned Kerala’s state amphibian

Herpetologists believe that the species should be rightly called a ‘living fossil’ as it’s evolutionary roots suggest it could have shared space with dinosaurs going back almost 70 million years ago.

Kerala woman alleges rape by multiple men befriended online by husband for wife-swap; four arrested

The complainant said her husband forced her to have sexual relations with at least three men he befriended on ShareChat application with the expectation of getting the same favours from their wives.

Kerala CEO confirms bogus voting in Kasaragod constituency, cases to be filed against 3 women

The CEO's action comes after the Congress complained of bogus voting in favour of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) at several booths across the Kannur and Kasaragod Lok Sabha constituencies in north Kerala. The party released web-cam footage of persons suspected to be engaged in bogus voting.

‘No equality without safety and security’: Women in Cinema Collective completes two years

Over the last two years, the WCC, formed with the blessings of the state's ruling Left government, has been involved in a heated dispute with the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) over the membership of actor Dileep, an accused in the sexual assault case.

Alphons ‘doesn’t care’ for gaffe watchers trailing his first poll: ‘Morons on WhatsApp’

The BJP’s calculation is simple: getting the constituency’s Catholic votes behind Alphons, and adding its own Hindu base. Alphons’s blemish-less record as a bureaucrat also stands him in good stead, the party believes.