Vishnu Varma

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

Articles By Vishnu Varma

Kerala bypolls: BJP’s fortunes at the mercy of Nair and Ezhava communities

The Nair Service Society (NSS) and the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam, that chaperone the Nair and Ezhava communities respectively in the state, have not been on the best of terms with the ideological positioning of the BJP in recent times.

An eel like the bhujia: Scientists in Kerala discover new subterranean fish species

The Pangio bhujia is unique because of the absence of the dorsal fin and pelvic fins. It also differs from other species of the Pangio genus due to the presence of long nasal barbels.

In Kerala, police exhume graves after six suspicious deaths in one family

The officer confirmed that all the six deaths occurred right after the victims consumed food of some kind. Whether the food they consumed was poisoned is yet to be known.

Eviction deadline runs out tonight for Maradu flat owners, authorities stern on no extension

The local Maradu municipality, under whose jurisdictional limits the four complexes were built, has set Thursday midnight as the deadline for the 343 resident families.

On Gandhi Jayanti, revisiting the Kerala temple town where Gandhi helped fight untouchability

When Gandhi went to meet the priests at Vaikom temple, they kept a safe distance from him, as they believed he might have 'polluted' himself by touching 'untouchable' satyagrahis.

Maradu flat owners end hunger strike after meeting with administration, agree to eviction by Oct 3

The ruling LDF government has proposed to evacuate over 350 flats in the four complexes by October 3, so that the demolition process could commence by October 11. The government's 138-day timeline has been ratified by the Supreme Court.

In Kerala’s Pala, Left-backed candidate breaches UDF fortress after 54 years

The bypoll was necessitated in Pala due to the death of sitting legislator and 13-time MLA KM Mani, the founder-chief of the KC(M) in April this year.

Hamirpur, Dantewada, Badharghat bye-election results 2019 Highlights: BJP wins Hamirpur seat; Congress gets Dantewada

Hamirpur, Dantewada, Badharghat Bye-Election Results 2019 Highlights: In Uttar Pradesh's Hamirpur, BJP candidate Yuvraj Singh emerged victorious in a tough race with Samajwadi Party's candidate Manoj Prajapati, with a margin of 17,000 votes.

Pala election results: LDF’s Mani C Kappan defeats UDF candidate by 2943 votes, BJP in third place

Pala Election Results 2019: The LDF nominee Mani C Kappan registered a victory in Pala over his UDF opponent Jose Tom by 2,943 votes. BJP candidate N Hari came in the third position.

Tension at Kerala church: One faction courts arrest, another waits to move in

The High Court had directed police to implement the 2017 ruling of Supreme Court, granting ownership of the church and over 1000 other churches to the Orthodox faction of Malankara church.

Kerala: Chaotic scenes engulf Piravom church as police arrest Jacobite priests, protesters

The arrests came after the Kerala High Court came down hard on the Jacobite faction for locking the church gates and disallowing members and priests of the rival Orthodox faction to offer prayers.

Kerala: Tension at Piravom church as two Christian factions fight for ownership

The church, currently controlled by the Jacobite faction, was handed over to the Orthodox faction for administration in keeping with the July 3, 2017 verdict of the Supreme Court.

Kochi: Palarivattom flyover contractor is the axis of all conspiracy, says Vigilance probe team

According to the VACB, the accused misappropriated the public exchequer by not properly utilising the allotted money for the construction of the flyover and misused the money for their pecuniary advantage which ultimately led to the poor condition of the flyover.

Kerala: Demolition of Maradu apartments will have severe environmental effects, indicates IIT Madras study

"Possible stagnation of contaminants due to restrictions in tidal movement could be harmful for aquatic life , including phytoplankton and zooplankton," the report by the eight-member team notes.

For first time in 54 years, there’s no Mani sir in fray as Pala goes to polls

Pala votes on September 23. The constituency fell vacant on April 9 this year when 13-time MLA K M Mani succumbed to long-standing respiratory illnesses at the age of 86. The results will be declared on September 27.

School student cooks up kidnapping story, mob beats up two men in Kerala

While attempt to murder charges have been filed against 40 unidentified men in the mob, three people have been arrested so far.

Maradu demolition case: Before all-party meeting, flat owners launch protest

The protest comes even as the ruling LDF government had Sunday called for an all-party meeting in Thiruvananthapuram Tuesday to brainstorm and identify solutions to the crisis.

How a Kerala schoolteacher has been using music to draw student to Malayalam poetry

For Namboodiri, now retired from government service, engaging with more school students to teach them about the charm of their ‘mathrubhasha’ through ‘Malayala Madhuri’ remains his sole pursuit.

With pan-India helpline 112, police response to distress calls in Kerala gets faster and transparent

The project, funded by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, was rolled out on February 19 this year with the aim of bolstering police response systems to distress calls landing on 112, a new, pan-India number.

One of Kerala’s oldest synagogues crumbles in rain due to disrepair

The synagogue in Mattancherry served as a temple for the Malabar Jew community, also known as Black Jews, in Kochi, who migrated from northern Kerala after the war between Chola Raja and the Cranganore Maharaja.