Essay contest, symposium organized to remember Indian freedom fighter

Updated 01 December 2014
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Essay contest, symposium organized to remember Indian freedom fighter

The-Jeddah-based Mohammad Abdulrahman Sahib Memorial Symposium Committee will organize an essay competition and symposium under the theme “Feel India 2014” next month to enlighten the public about Abdurahman Sahib’s vision and his contributions to the Indian independence struggle.
“The essay competition is exclusively for students of Indian schools in Jeddah, including girls schools,” said Abdul Rahman, chairman of the committee. The impact and importance of Abdulrahman Sahib’s vision for a long lasting secular, democratic, developed, progressive and united India is the key topic of the competition.
“This is the first ever essay competition held to enlighten the youth and teens while refreshing the memories of the seniors about the outstanding contributions of Abdulrahman Sahib toward India’s freedom movement,” Chairman Rahman told Arab News.
Contestants have been classified into three groups: Group A contains students from classes five to seven, Group B contains students from classes eight to ten, and Group C contains students from classes eleven and twelve.
Applicants can send scanned copies of their essays (not exceeding five A4 pages) along with a copy of their school ID to [email protected] and [email protected] to enter. Participants should submit their essays on or before December 5th.
Contest organisers noted that “essays can be written in both Malayalam and English,” adding that top scorers from each group would be given a chance to present their papers at the symposium to be hold December 12th, while other winners will get certificates and prizes.
Abdulrahman Sahib, nicknamed “The lion of Kerala”, was a charismatic leader, freedom fighter, writer, educationist, orator, journalist, social reformer, environmentalist, teacher, printer and publisher. His uncompromising stand bothered the British, and he was tortured and imprisoned for many years. He died on Nov. 23, 1945 at the age of 47.
Abdul Rahman said the symposium will be addressed by community leaders, writers, academicians, journalists, professionals and diplomats.


Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

At a five-star hotel in Davos, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming ‘The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.’ (AN photo)
Updated 23 January 2019
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Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

  • The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders

DAVOS: From the sub-zero temperatures of the icy Davos Promenade you are ushered through a glass door into the warmth of a desert majlis, with works by young Saudi artists on the walls and traditional Arabian delicacies being served. It is quite a culture shock.

The Davos majlis is the work of the Misk Global Forum (MGF), the international arm of the organization founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to promote youth empowerment. 

The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders.

“The Kingdom’s participation in WEF 2019 highlights its role in developing the regional and global economy, and reflects the nation’s continuing ambition for sustainable development,” said Bader Al-Asaker, head of the crown prince’s private office and chairman of the Misk Initiatives Center. 

The Saudi delegation’s HQ overlooks the main congress hall, inside the Davos security cordon. 

At a nearby five-star hotel, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming: “The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.” 

This is the second year Misk has been prominent at Davos. As well as the majlis, its pavilion offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in modern Saudi art via a virtual reality tour of the work of four young artists.

Misk is organizing daily events there, building up to a power breakfast with leading executives on Friday on the theme of youth empowerment.

“In an age of profound economic disruption, we regard young people as the problem-solvers, not a problem to be solved,” said MGF executive manager Shaima Hamidaddin.

“We’re holding interactive discussions on how to empower young people to be the architects of the future economy, not the tenants of it.”