NRI, K C Varghese came to Doha in 1977 where he took
up employment with telecommunications Cable & Wireless Company.
He worked for about 20 years in the Gulf as a freelance journalist
and as part of his journalistic duties, travelled extensively all
over the world and attended several important world events like
the Madrid peace conference, many Arab-Israeli conferences, GCC
conferences, post Gulf-war scene, Middle East and North African
Varghese was a founder-member of the Indian Community
Benevolent Fund (ICBF) and went on to become its vice-president
and its head of medical aid. He was chairman of the Indian Cultural
and Arts Society (Incas), chairman of the advisory board of the
Qatar Syro Malabar Cultural Association, a member of the follow-up
committee of Norka and president of the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC).
His initial involvement in social as well as cultural activities
was at a time when such involvement was banned in Qatar.
Varghese became a leader among the large Malayalee
community here and deeply involved in philanthropic activities by
helping the needy, like housemaids, workers and Indians placed in
deportation centres. Varghese made efforts to organise food and
other necessities for these people in their times of distress.
At the age of 13, during his student days, he was
very much outgoing and became the president of Malayala Manorama,
Kunnam unit, Mavelikkara. He entered the stormy world of politics
through campus activities and served as the President of Kerala
Students Union for some time and later became President of Block
Youth Congress Committee in Changacherry only to progress towards
the leadership of Trade Unions in Kottayam district.