Great Son of the Uzbek People
Speech of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the fdestive ceremony dedicated to the opening of the monument to Sharaf Rashidov in the city of Jizzakh
Dear compatriots! Dear guests! Dear Jizzakh people!
Today we all gathered in the ancient and eternally young city of Jizzakh in connection with an important event in the life of our dear Motherland. These days in our country is widely celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great son of the Uzbek people, an outstanding statesman and famous writer Sharaf Rashidov. Our multinational people pay a tribute to this great personality with deep respect and respect.
Sharaf Rashidov, due to his high intellectual potential, rich experience and knowledge, diligence and modesty, noble human qualities won great respect and authority not only in Uzbekistan but also abroad.
Despite the harsh conditions of the former totalitarian system, heavy trials and difficulties, he honestly and faithfully served his people.
Sharaf Rashidov himself left the people, was a real patriot and the meaning of his life considered caring for ordinary people.
We all know well that even the last moments of his life he gave his service to the Motherland, being on the cotton fields of the republic.
Unfortunately, life has developed so that he was unable to fully realize all his cherished dreams and intentions, to receive satisfaction from the results of his work.
Moreover, the totalitarian system, to which Sharaf Rashidov served faithfully, after his death, vilified the memory of this great man.
In the beginning, he was buried with honor in the center of the city, and then blasphemously transferred the grave, persecuted members of his family, relatives and relatives, friends and students.
Branded his life and activities with the insulting word “Rashidovshchina”, they falsified the so-called “cotton” or “Uzbek business”.
Only after independence, the first President of Uzbekistan, Islam Abduganievich Karimov, restored historical justice - the honest name of Sharaf Rashidov was justified, his 75th anniversary was widely celebrated in the country.
Today, recalling these sad events of our recent history, we must realize even more deeply the essence and significance, the immense value of our independence, and always be ready to protect it from any threats and encroachments.
Sharaf Rashidov, being the head of the republic, despite the huge employment, always remained faithful to his favorite business - literature.
From his pen came a lot of talented novels and novels, poems and poems, publicistic articles that glorify the best human qualities.
Sharaf Rashidov, while fluent in Russian, at the same time cared about the development of the Uzbek language and literature and wrote his works in his native language.
We all read the wonderful «Poem of Two Hearts» Sharaf Rashidov.
It seems to me that in this poem that sings true love and devotion, the life and fate of Sharaf Rashidovich and his beloved wife, the wise and sensitive Uzbek woman Khursana Gafurovna, are reflected.
Indeed, this noble and selfless woman was a devoted companion of Sharaf Rashidov's life, courageously and staunchly overcome the difficulties that subsequently fell on her share.
I think it is important to note one more point: the children of this beautiful family, thanks to the education and education that Sharaf-aka and Khursana-opa gave them, including by their own example, today by their devotion to the country and the people , diligence and modesty confirm that they have grown up worthy of their parents.
Of course, such qualities are an example for every family in our country.
Today, paying tribute to the great son of the Uzbek people, Sharaf Rashidovich Rashidov, we are again convinced that his name and life are inseparable from the history of our Motherland and people.
In the difficult and yet glorious life path of Sharaf Rashidov, the fate of the Uzbek people in the 20th century was clearly reflected.
When the Great Patriotic War began, he went to the front in the front ranks and showed real courage and heroism in battles with the enemy. After a serious injury, he returned to Uzbekistan and worked in various positions, sparing no effort and energy.
Sharaf Rashidov headed Uzbekistan in a very difficult time for almost a quarter of a century. Under his leadership, the republic has made great strides in economic development, science, education and health, culture and art.
Thousands of hectares of lifeless lands were developed. New cities and villages appeared on the map of Uzbekistan, hundreds of large enterprises were built, gardens flourished. After the devastating earthquake of 1966, a solid foundation of modern Tashkent was laid in a short time.
Our people will always remember all the good deeds of Sharaf Rashidov.
The solemnity of today's ceremony is attached to the participation of representatives of all regions of our country, which for many years worked together with Sharaf Rashidov. These are prominent state and public figures, scientists, representatives of culture and art of Uzbekistan.
We are also sincerely glad to welcome our dear guests, who knew Sharaf Rashidov well. These are cosmonauts - our compatriot Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Salizhon Sharipov, the famous scientist-breeder Ivan Kuzmin, the author of a number of books about Sharaf Rashidov, writer Fedor Razzakov and many others.
Dear guests, your respect and respect for the memory of Sharaf Rashidov, we perceive primarily as a sign of sincere respect and respect for the entire people of Uzbekistan.
As you know, a year ago, taking into account the wishes of our people, we decided widely, throughout the country to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Sharaf
Rashidov and erect here, where this outstanding man was born and grew, a majestic memorial complex.
Taking this opportunity, I express my sincere gratitude to all our compatriots honored people who have made a worthy contribution to this noble cause.
I am sure that every person who visited this beautiful place, especially young people, in a light form
Sharaf Rashidova will see the most noble qualities inherent in our people.
As you know, over the past year memorial complexes have been built in different regions of our country, dedicated to such well-known writers as Iskhakhhan Ibrat, Ibrahim Yusupov, Erkin Vakhidov, Abdulla Aripov, Muhammad Yusuf, creative schools named after them.
The logical continuation of this work was the opening of a beautiful monument to prominent figures of our national literature, Hamid Alimjan and Zulfiya, held recently in Jizzakh. I am sure that the complex dedicated to their memory will contribute to the realization of the talents of our youth, especially our beautiful girls.
It should be noted that the doors of this peculiar center of spirituality are open to the youth not only of the Jizzakh region, but of the whole country.
I want to ask you, dear friends: let's more often bring our children, especially girls, to such amazing places where the atmosphere of inspiration and creativity reigns, to introduce them to the mysterious and beautiful world of culture and art. I hope that this proposal will find a response from the residents of Jizzakh, our entire people.
The sacred books say that good is rewarded with good. Sharaf Rashidov throughout his life did good to people, united them for noble purposes. Wise man of a broad soul, despite all the trials he experienced, he invariably remained true to the high ideals of humanism, and his good name will forever remain in the heart of our people.
Dear friends, let the memory of the great son of the Uzbek people, outstanding statesman Sharaf Rashidov be eternal!