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

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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.

Dear com­pa­tri­ots!

Dear guests!

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!

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