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March 11th, 2013 by vmft

memorial lecture (Small)I am happy to be here today to deliver the Vakkom Moulavi Memorial Lecture and recognize a few prominent protagonists of Kerala’s commendable socio-economic development. Friends, we are gathered here to commemorate the 140th birth anniversary of Vakkom Mohammed Abdul Khader, popularly known as Vakkom Moulavi, one of the doyens of the Kerala’s renaissance. Alongside, we are celebrating the Silver Jubilee of the Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust, and recognizing the life and work of Prof. N. A. Karim, President of the Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust, in whose name the Foundation has instituted an Award for Outstanding Public Service, being presented today to Shri P.V. Rajagopal, a noted Gandhian who has tirelessly worked for the cause of tribals and other marginalized sections of society. Amongst the luminaries who made important contribution to the resurgence of Kerala between the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, Vakkom Abdul Khader Moulavi, stands tall. more

December 27th, 2012 by vmft

Vakkom Mohammad Abdul Khadir who is now popularly known as Vakkom Moulavi was one of the tallest leaders of the Kerala Renaissance which began in the second half of the 19th century and continued till the end of the first half 20th century with great vigour that caused great awakening in Kerala in the tidal waves of which several of the superstitions connected with religious beliefs of almost all communities in Kerala were washed away and new ideas of freedom and progress blossomed.

The role played by the Moulavi in several spheres of life during this period has been evaluated as really epoch-making. Education, social and religious reforms and political journalism are the areas in which the Moulavi’s works are considered to be memorable. A great scholar and a multi-linguist, he made periodicals in Malayalam and Arabi-Malayalam, mainly for illiterate Muslims, particularly their womenfolk.

Journals were the main medium through which he propagated his programme and ideas of social and political changes, the effect of which was profound.

February 20th, 2013 by vmft

VP presents award2The Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust’s  Professor N.A. Karim Award for Outstanding Public Service comprising of Rs. 1 lakh cash, citation and memento was awarded to the eminent Gandhian social worker Shri. P.V. Rajagopal by Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri.Hamid Ansari at a function held at Kanakakkunnu Palace on 16th February 2013.  The Awardee was selected by a 5 member jury consisting of Dr.B.Ekbal, Prof. V.K. Damodaran, John Samuel, Padmashri.Shankar and Dr.Manisha Priyam.

July 29th, 2012 by vmft

tharoor6Vakkom Abdulkhader (1912-1976) was a great literatteur, scholar, critic and the first writer of full length critical biography of the celebrated poet Sri. G. Sankara Kurup with whom he was on personal and literary intimate terms. Vakkom Abdulkhader introduced western writers and thinkers to the Malayalam readers at a time the Malayalam literature was in its stage of infancy. Besides innumerable articles in leading journals, he also published about 25 books

Violenceen-commit-stamp against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation. Up to seven in ten women have experienced violence in their lifetime. It’s time to end this pandemic, with one commitment at a time. Click to read more

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A debate has been kicked off by Noble Laureate Amartya Sen on whether the Kerala model of growth or the Gujarat model is better. Aravind Panagriya and Jagdish Bhagwati both from Columbia University criticized Sen for advocating the Kerala model instead of Gujarat model.  Click to read more

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A report reviews World Bank support to biodiversity conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade (2003-2012), and presents key lessons and directions for the Bank’s future biodiversity-related investments. Click to read more

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She is southern Africa’s first and only female president – a mother of five catapulted to one of the toughest jobs in the region this year when her predecessor died suddenly.  Click to read more

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High school drop-out Atula, a woman farmer from India’s northeastern state of Nagaland, is today an expert on improving crop cultivation and soil fertility, two subjects that come in handy as she works. Click to read more

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People often think that corruption is “just a way of life”, but every society, sector and individual would benefit from saying “NO” to this crime.

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Countries have successfully launched a new commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, agreed a firm timetable to adopt a universal climate agreement by 2015 and agreed a path to raise necessary ambition to respond to climate change.   Click to read more

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Greece has the distinction to produce the best philosophers in the history of mankind whose teachings are revered. It began with Socrates, followed by his pupil Plato and then by Aristotle, pupil  of Plato.   Aristotle’s teachings of Logos, Ethos and Pathos are considered a pillar of Persuasion.    Click to read more

 

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