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Topic : Media representation of migrant workers: A critical analysis
Facilitator: Dr. Ram Bhat , Co-founder, Maraa & Visiting fellow, London School of Economics

Is the earliest known form of documentary cave painting? As he was discussing the background of documentaries, Amudhan R.P. posed this question to the audience. Undoubtedly, cave paintings serve as documentation of the events that took place. Therefore, the history of documentaries begins with cave paintings, followed by ancient paintings, modern paintings, and photographs. Now,...
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A consultation meeting was jointly organized by VMFT and Tata Institute of Social Sciences  (TISS) on 16th February 2023 at VMFT Hall, Thekkummood with the aim to design a series of education seminars on the topic  ‘Perspectives for Kerala’s School Education  – Shaping a Future with Social Justice.   Tata Institute of Social Sciences or TISS,...
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More than 80 undergraduate and postgraduate students attended two workshops organized  by the Swadeshabhimani Media Study Centre of the VMFT on 25-26 November, 2022.  The workshops critically examined the methods used by the mainstream media to shape public opinion, using the representation of migrant workers during the COVID-19 crisis as an example. Dr. Ram Bhat,...
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At a function organized at the K.M. Bashir Memorial Hall by VMFT,  Sri. V. N. Vasavan, Hon. Minister for Culture, Co-operation, and Registration released the Multilingual booklet on the life and times of Vakkom Moulavi, as well as “Media under the Lens, a research study report on the representation of migrant workers in regional media...
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The 15th K. M. Bashir Memorial Lecture and presentation of 4th Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust’s ‘Professor N. A. Karim Award for Outstanding Public Service’ (comprising of Rupees One lakh in cash, citation and memento) was done by Prof. V. K. Ramachandran, Vice Chairperson,Kerala State Planning Board at 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at...
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This is the first step in VMFT’s project to digitize the works of Vakkom Moulavi in order to make them more broadly available to the general public and researchers in India and abroad. The newspaper, ‘Svadesabhimani’ (commonly transliterated into English as ‘Swadeshabhimani’) was his first and most famous publication and occupies a key role in...
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Women are increasingly participating in work, education, the arts, politics and governance.  Still, gender inequality is widespread in India and across the world.  This discrimination is partly perpetuated by how women are represented in the media.  On the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8, VMFT together with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication,...
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Seven months after millions of migrant workers abandoned our cities to walk back hundreds of miles in the searing heat to their villages, their sordid stories have all but been forgotten.  A ‘virtual roundtable’ convened by VMFT highlighted the policies, programs, and actions that need to be in place to prevent such disasters in the...
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The publication will be released on 22 January 2021 by senior journalist Shri Sudeep Thakur, Resident Editor of Ama犀利士 r Ujala; senior journalist, Shri Ashutosh, Founder, Satya Hindi, and Prof. V.K. Damodaran,President of VMFT. The experience of migrant labour returning to the Eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand will be shared by senior journalist...
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A National Solidarity pledge was organized by VMFT in Palayam Square, Trivandrum, to commemorate the 147th birth anniversary of Vakkom Moulavi Abdul Khader on 28 December 2020. Shri M.G. Radhakrishnan, Editor-in-Chief, Asianet News led the recitation of the pledge. Explaining why Vakkom Moulavi played such a pivotal role in the Kerala Renaissance, Shri Radhakrishnan highlighted...
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