Honoring the Great Statesman
The 100th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding statesman and writer Sharaf Rashidov is widely celebrated in our country
On November 6 – on his birthday, festive events dedicated to his centenary were held in Jizzakh. President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev attended the events.
The opening ceremony of the monument to Sharaf Rashidov, erected in the center of the city of Jizzakh, was held.
The event was attended by members of the Senate, deputies of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, members of the government, representatives of state and public organizations, labor veterans, writers and artists, residents of the region, our compatriots fr om the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions and the city of Tashkent, foreign guests, and youth. It was also attended by relatives of Sharaf Rashidov, his friends, colleagues and students.
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev delivered a speech at the ceremony. The Head of our state spoke about life and activities, high human qualities of Sharaf Rashidov, his great merits for the benefit of our people. Sharaf Rashidov was born on November 6, 1917 in the city of Jizzakh. He studied at Jizzakh Pedagogical Technicum, at the Faculty of Philology of Samarkand State University. He started his career in a newspaper of Samarkand region, became an editor of the newspaper due to his profound knowledge and abilities, while studying at the university’s final year.
He participated in the Second World War, in 1942, returned after being injured. At the age of thirty was appointed editor of the leading edition of the republic of that time – “Kizil Uzbekiston” newspaper. Sharaf Rashidov is well known as a poet, writer and publicist.
When he was appointed head of Uzbekistan in 1959, he was just over forty. Sharaf Rashidov devoted himself to this extremely responsible post for almost a quarter of a century.
It was a very difficult, contradictory time. Sharaf Rashidov fulfilled his filial duty to people in such conditions with honor. Development of Mirzachul, Karshi, Yazyavan, Surkhan-Sherabad steppes, creation of gardens and food crops on millions of hectares of virgin lands – these were the measures aimed towards the future.
During the period of Sharaf Rashidov’s leadership, new cities such as Navoi, Zarafshan, Yangiyer, Gulistan and others emerged on the map of Uzbekistan. Largescale construction and improvement works were carried out in all regions of the republic. Construction of a variety of facilities – plants, factories, hospitals, higher educational institutions, schools, laying of roads, development of mines are associated with the name of this person.
During this period, Tashkent turned into one of the most beautiful cities in the East. This was especially evident after the earthquake in Tashkent. Today, the metro, the Palace of arts “Istiklol”, “Uzbekistan” hotel, Tashkent TV Tower are the adornment of our capital. Sharaf Rashidov was a very modest, generous man. He could find a way to everyone’s heart.
An outstanding statesman also established a large school of management. The wisdom, justice, diplomacy of this person and at the same time his simplicity served as an example for all leaders.
The economic growth of the republic decreased after the death of Sharaf Rashidov. This became, first of all, the result of an illconceived policy at that time, finally, the loss by people of their authoritative, experienced leader, without whom our republic was turned into an experimental site.
Sharaf Rashidov was a representative of his era, served the system operating at that time. However, with his death, this system betrayed him, insulted his memory, pursued his relatives.
After Islam Karimov became the head of the republic, historical justice was restored; the good name of Sharaf Rashidov was reborn. At the initiative of the first President of our country, his 75th anniversary was widely celebrated in 1992.
Large-scale preparation for this event was carried out in Jizzakh. The alley of Sharaf Rashidov in the regional center has been reconstructed. Over 20 species of trees imported fr om Belgium, such as mountain pine, birch, tulip tree and others, have been planted on the territory. A color fountain with a diameter of 24 meters is installed. Uzbekistan Hotel next to the alley is also reconstructed. The Buston and Navruz complexes located on its two sides have been thoroughly renovated, modern conditions for holding large forums have been created.
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and daughter of Sharaf Rashidov’s, Sayyora Rashidova, opened the monument to the great statesman.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the memorial museum of Sharaf Rashidov, the construction of which was completed on the eve of the jubilee, got acquainted with conditions created here and the presented expositions. The facade and interior of the museum are decorated in traditions of national architecture. An opportunity of showing films about activities of Sharaf Rashidov is created in the conference hall.
There are more than 2,700 exhibits in the museum, which tell the story of the life and work of the outstanding statesman and writer. There is a railway car next to the museum, which Sharaf Rashidov used during the state service. The interior of the railway car is kept in its original form.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the memorial complex created in Jizzakh in memory of Hamid Alimjan and Zulfiya. The head of our state gave instructions for perfecting the landscape of the alley named after Hamid Alimjan and Zulfiya, improvement of the museum’s activities, strengthening the material and technical base of the boarding school. He laid flowers at the foot of the monument to the poets.
Jizzakh regional musical drama theater was reconstructed at the level of modern requirements in connection with the 100th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding statesman, famous writer Sharaf Rashidov.
The facade of the theater building is riveted with a modern cover, stained-glass windows are installed, and the sidewalks are laid with ceramic tiles in the process of large-scale activities carried out here. A majestic fountain is erected in front of the theater, rare ornamental trees and flowers are planted on the territory.
The heating and ventilation systems, water and electricity networks, seating in the auditorium for 550 seats, stage lighting devices, sound amplifying equipment are renovated, necessary conditions in dressing rooms are created.
The President of our country, inspecting the theater building, noted that this modern center of art became a great gift for residents of Jizzakh region during the celebration of the anniversary of Sharaf Rashidov.
The activity of the creative team of the theater should now be felt by residents of remote districts of the region, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. To do this, it is necessary to increase the potential of the creative team, work on creating theatrical works at the level of today’s requirements. People’s interest in the theater should be increased, and their spirituality should be educated through this.
A memorial evening and a concert program dedicated to the centenary of the birth of the outstanding statesman and writer Sharaf Rashidov was held in Jizzakh regional musical drama theater.
Memorial evenings, spiritual and educational activities devoted to the 100th anniversary of the outstanding statesman and writer Sharaf Rashidov are continuing throughout our country, in educational institutions, military units, work teams collectives and mahallas.