Tag: Culture

Fostering Cultural Diversity

Every activity or object to which meaning can be attributed is a part of culture. Culture is an ever transforming phenomena and it is not uniform throughout a society. Aspects and features of a culture will change over time due to internal and external factors. It is to be noted that not all aspects of any culture is to be preserved and promoted. For example, the caste system or the patriarchal aspects of our culture are not to be preserved or promoted. Government has an active role to play in promoting an egalitarian society based on our constitution.

Resistance through Culture

Globalistaion has made several cultures vulnerable to the assault of capitalism. At present, all over the world people are being subjected to an onslaught of ultra-conservative nationalism. Even in India there are persistent attempts to establish a single regressive monolithic culture. (more…)

The Oceans Conference 2017

Dear friends, at the outset let me welcome you all to the green and scenic state of Kerala. I thank the Ambassador of Netherlands, Honourable Alphonsus Stoelinga, for extending this invitation to me to deliver the keynote address at the Oceans Conference 2017. I am humbled by your kind gesture.

May I also take this opportunity to thank The Kingdom of Netherlands and the Observer Research Foundation for bringing the deliberations on ‘Towards A Common Prosperity Framework’ to ‘God’s Own Country’. Kerala has time and again made it clear that our doors are open to all those who want to come here and conduct meaningful discussions and deliberations. We, the people of Kerala are gearing towards playing a significant role in the knowledge production that is driving growth and ensuring accessibility across the world. Particularly when we see that the space for free and fair expression is diminishing around us, we are opening our arms to the world, inviting you all to come and experience the liberty in vogue here and to relish the beauty of our glorious backwaters and mesmerising hills. (more…)

200 Days

The Government have completed just 200 days in office. The decisions taken during this short period of time are not only innovative but also visionary.

The Government decisions have covered almost all important sectors including education, health, industry, IT, social security, agriculture, environment, youth, weaker sections and infrastructure. LDF Government have announced four mega missions which emphasis on people’s participatory approach to tackle issues concerning Housing, Environment and Agriculture, Health and Education. (more…)

Indian History Congress

Honourable President and other distinguished guests on the dias, scholars, historians, dear students and friends; I am indeed privileged to welcome you all to Kerala, as the Chief Minister of this state, to the 77th session of the Indian History Congress, being held at the University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.

I am happy to note that the Indian History Congress is the major national organisation of Indian historians, and has occupied this position since its founding session under the name of Modern History Congress, held at Poona in 1935. Professor Shafaat Ahmad Khan the organisation’s first President, in his address, called upon Indian historians to study all aspects of history, rather than only political history and to emphasize the integrative factors of the past. (more…)

പുരോഗമന കലാസാഹിത്യസംഘം : സംസ്ഥാന സമ്മേളനം

പുരോഗമന കലാസാഹിത്യ സംഘത്തിന്റെ സംസ്ഥാന സമ്മേളനം നടക്കുന്നത് വളരെ ശ്രദ്ധേയമായ ഒരു ഘട്ടത്തിലാണ്. എന്താണ് ഈ ഘട്ടത്തെ ശ്രദ്ധേയമാക്കുന്ന ഘടകം എന്ന ചോദ്യത്തിനുള്ള ഉത്തരം ഏറെ അന്വേഷിച്ചു കണ്ടെത്തേണ്ട ഒന്നല്ല. നമുക്കുചുറ്റും ദൈനംദിനമെന്നോണം വര്‍ധിച്ച തോതില്‍ മനുഷ്യത്വവിരുദ്ധമായ ഒരുപാടു കാര്യങ്ങള്‍ നടക്കുന്നു. ഒരുമയോടെ നില്‍ക്കേണ്ട ജനങ്ങള്‍ ഛിദ്രീകരിക്കപ്പെടുന്നു. മനുഷ്യന്‍ മനുഷ്യനെ ജാതീയതയുടെയും വര്‍ഗീയതയുടെയും അടിസ്ഥാനത്തില്‍ വേര്‍തിരിക്കുന്നു; വെറുക്കുന്നു.
മനുഷ്യത്വം നശിച്ചാല്‍ എല്ലാം നശിച്ചു. അതുകൊണ്ടുതന്നെ മനുഷ്യത്വത്തിന്റെ സംരക്ഷണത്തിനുവേണ്ടി നിലകൊള്ളുക എന്നതാണ് ഈ കാലത്ത് പുരോഗമന കലാസാഹിത്യ പ്രസ്ഥാനത്തിന്റെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ കടമ. അത് ഏറ്റെടുക്കാന്‍ നിങ്ങള്‍ക്കു കഴിയട്ടെ എന്ന് ആമുഖമായി തന്നെ ആശംസിക്കുകയാണ് ഞാന്‍. (more…)