Deputy Speaker of Kerala Assembly reads out Solidarity Pledge to make 143rd birth anniversary of Vakkom Moulavi
The relevance of renaissance leaders like Vakkom Moulavi is more today than ever, and it is the responsibility of the present generation to work together towards materialising his vision, said V Sasi, Hon. Deputy Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assemby, this morning at the Swadeshabhimani Smrithimandapam.
He was speaking at a function held to mark the 143rd birth anniversary of Vakkom Moulavi, one of Kerala’s fearless and visionary renaissance leaders of last century and the founder of Swadeshabhimani newspaper.
He also read out a National Solidarity Pledge at the Swadeshabhimani memorial corner at Palayam.
“Vakkom Moulavi through his legendary newspaper Swadeshabhimani and through other socio-cultural activities had fought the ills in the society and the superstitions in his own community,” he added.
“The importance of women’s eduction and the need to root out superstitions and extreme elements from the society are needed more than ever to take Kerala forward,” he said, urging the gathering to take up the mantle of leaders like Vakkom Moulavi for a better society.
C Rahim, chairman, Kesari Smaraka Trust, said: “It is the need of the time that we invoke the memories of true nationalists to keep at bay the pseudo-nationalists.”
“Vakkom Moulavi was a visionary who walked ahead of his time, understanding the power and possibilities of journalism. Both Vakkom Moulavi and his editor Ramakrishna Pillai should be role models for today’s journalists,” he added.
Though we remember him as a newspaper owner, he had contributed considerably to journalism and Malayalam language, added Rahim.
KR Ajayan, secretary, Press Club, Trivandrum, said: “When corporates and their lobbies are controlling the media today, we wish visionary and committed newspapers owners like Vakkom Moulavi were living today.”
The function was organised by Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust (VMFT). Sri AK Suhair, chairman, Prof. VK Damodaran, president, Dr Kayamkulam Yoonus, secretary, Sabin Iqbal, director, of VMFT, and Sri Ram Kamal Manoj, journalist, also spoke at the event.