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Vishnu Varma


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

‘It wasn’t easy…’ Greenhorn panchayat chief had her job cut out in Kerala’s prolonged second wave
Mon, Mar 21, 2022

As a woman panchayat president in her debut term, did Jini face obstacles? “No, I don’t think so. A woman can lead just as well as a man. But the important thing here is we need cooperation from everyone..."

When ‘God’ comes to doorstep
Sun, Mar 20, 2022

A recent video of a Theyyam artist consoling a stricken Muslim woman had won hearts. Another Theyyam performance, and Sani Peruvannan does more of that, immersing himself in the art form that welcomes all, accommodates all. As he tells a devotee: “I don’t look at the size of your currency note, colour of your clothes, or how high or low your caste is. I look at how big your heart is”

7th woman complains of sexual assault by tattoo artist in Kochi
Sun, Mar 13, 2022

Kochi DCP (Law and Order) Kuriakose V U said a French woman sent an email complaint detailing an incident of sexual abuse she had faced in 2019, allegedly at the hands of P S Sujeesh, who ran a tattoo parlour in Kochi named ‘Inkfected’.

Kerala student in Ukraine, who refused to abandon her pet dog, waits to board flight to India
Wed, Mar 02, 2022

Kerala Education Minister V Sivankutty praised Arya in a Facebook post, saying, "Without abandoning her pet dog, Arya is on her way to India from a war-torn country. It is born out of love and the world benefits from such love."

‘Come here, you’re not different’: A theyyam artist’s comforting words to Muslim woman draw cheers
Thu, Feb 24, 2022

Theyyam is a ritualistic art and dance form that encompasses aspects of tribal and primitive religion through worship of gods, goddesses, warriors, local spirits, tribal deities and even Muslim characters from ancient fables.

Amid hijab row, a refrain from a Kerala school: ‘Idea is to be inclusive, that’s what India stands for’
Sun, Feb 13, 2022

Over 400 kms away from that pre-university college in Mandya, Shybu KP, who teaches English for students of 11th and 12th grade at the Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) in Edappally in Kerala, is a worried man.

Explained: Key features of Kerala’s SilverLine project, and why it is facing massive protests
Wed, Feb 02, 2022

SilverLine is a semi high-speed railway project connecting the state's northern and southern ends at a cost of over Rs 63,000 crore. What is the need for it? Why are there protests against the project?

How the film Bhoothakaalam makes you believe it’s all happening in your head
Sun, Jan 30, 2022

Malayalam director Rahul Sadasivan on his latest film, why a psychological edge to horror works, and the difficulty in making such films

Protests against Kerala SilverLine grow; in village after village, concern over ‘secrecy’
Sun, Jan 30, 2022

🔴 The government says it will help decongest Kerala’s roads, provide a sustainable commuting option, and along the way, develop ecosystems that will enable infra-progress.

Explained: What is the Kerala nun rape case?
Fri, Jan 14, 2022

Former bishop of the Jalandhar diocese of the Catholic Church Franco Mulakkal has been acquitted in the Kerala nun rape case by a trial court. What is the case about, and why is it significant?

Outrage as bishop acquitted in nun rape, court blames ‘rivalry’
Sat, Jan 15, 2022

🔴 Franco Mulakkal later broke down in the corridor outside, hugged his lawyers, and told reporters before leaving the premises: “Daivathinu sthuthi' (Praise the Lord).”

Issues women face in Kerala cinema: what now
Fri, Jan 14, 2022

A government panel will examine Hema Commission's report submitted two years ago. What did the commission find?

Kerala’s SilverLine: why it has been planned, why it is facing protests
Thu, Dec 23, 2021

🔴 Protests are taking place in Kerala against SilverLine, a semi high-speed railway project. What is this project, and why is it needed? What are its features? Why are there protests?

Lakshadweep decides to discontinue with Friday holidays in schools
Wed, Dec 22, 2021

In Lakshadweep, where Muslims form 96 per cent of the population, Fridays have been observed as a weekly holiday in schools on religious grounds. The new order is a departure from that system.

Kerala: Young tusker dies after accidentally biting live electric wire, forest dept to file case
Wed, Nov 17, 2021

The three-year-old tusker, a part of a herd of elephants moving through the area at the time, bit into a 200-metre-long electric cable that was being used to pump water out of a nearby borewell in the estate.

Accolades pour in for 104-year-old Kuttiyamma who aced Kerala literacy exam
Tue, Nov 16, 2021

Kuttiyamma, a native of Ayarkunnam panchayat in Kottayam district, scored 89 out of 100 marks in an examination conducted as a part of ‘Mikavulsavam’, a project of the Kerala State Literacy Mission to test preliminary knowledge of students.

Why rising Covid cases in Europe are a reason for worry in Kerala
Thu, Nov 11, 2021

Europe saw a six per cent increase in new infections last week compared with the week before, and a corresponding 12 per cent rise in deaths.

Meet the young climate leader behind Kerala’s ‘model wetland village’
Tue, Nov 09, 2021

The campaign titled ‘We the Change’ brings together young climate activists as they deliberate with the government, media, policymakers and most importantly, millions of other youngsters, to push forward solutions and inspire collective action.

‘Extraordinary feeling to look students in eye and teach’: The importance of reopening of schools in Kerala
Sat, Nov 06, 2021

The parent-teacher-student communities emphatically agree that the school as an institution is integral to learning and that coming back to offline classes, sooner than later, is the right choice.

Kerala: Three years and the ravages of climate change
Sat, Oct 23, 2021

Owing to years of rampant mining, lack of scientific land-use policy, and a railway project in the offing, Kerala is no longer the safe haven it was, say experts. The alarm bells on climate emergency are yet to ring in Thiruvananthapuram, though.

Explained: What happens when water is released from Idukki dam
Tue, Oct 19, 2021

Kerala rains, Idukki dam opened after 3 years: The water level at the time of opening was 2,398.04 ft. The water will travel through Neriamangalam, Bhoothathankettu and Idamalayar dams to reach Ernakulam district.

Kerala floods and landslides: Death toll rises to 27, IMD predicts more rain from Wednesday
Tue, Oct 19, 2021

An orange alert was sounded at the Idukki dam at 7 am Monday after the water level in the reservoir touched 2396.86 ft. The full reservoir level is 2403 ft.

Heavy rains, landslides in Kerala leave 5 dead; ‘situation serious,’ says CM
Sat, Oct 16, 2021

Two people were killed after the car in which they were travelling was swept away by rising floodwaters near Moonunkavayal on the Kanjar-Manappadi road in Idukki district.

With cases rising under POCSO, a film in Kerala aims to warn tribals about perils of underage marriages
Thu, Oct 14, 2021

Around 250 men, 90 per cent of whom belong to tribal communities, are estimated to have been charged under the POCSO Act in the last nine years in Wayanad for impregnating their minor wives.

Uthra murder case: Kerala man gets double life term for killing wife using cobra
Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Uthra murder case: The trial court stopped at awarding the convict the death penalty considering his young age and no past criminal antecedents, underlining that there are opportunities for him to reform.