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Homeland is the whole Earth
an article by Dilyara, Vasila

There are a great deal of negative aspects connected to the conquest of different nations. Nevertheless, some positive sides can also be found. We will relate to this matter using the example of the two Post-Soviet countries: Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.


people in peace

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In terms of national peculiarities there were many changes due to external influences from Russian expansion. In the pre-Soviet era traditions were more explicit and visible and played crucial role within the societies of Central Asia. Being a part of Soviet Union all states experienced had to accept the regulations that were brought into the unified territories by the Soviet authorities. The regulations included communisms and Russian language domination; suppression of religion; change of the writing system, etc.

Despite that fact the Soviet influence brought a lot of positive impacts regarding development of the implied regions. One of these positive outcomes is that the nations of such a great unity had a chance to share and exchange their cultures. In regards to Tajikistan and Kazakhstan which have a common historical background had the opportunity to live within the diversity of religions and traditions, languages and ethnic communities in tolerance, solidarity and peace. We had a good fortune to learn from each other, broaden our horizon and experience the everyday life of each other and be engaged within something common.

More than 20 years elapsed since the collapse of Soviet Union but still the nations relate to each other, have friendly relationships and mutual respect. Now in the 21st century of globalization perhaps the population of the world is losing its indigenous cultures and traditions due to the globalization process. However, we think that no matter how this process will affect the variety of human beings’ lifestyles negatively or positively , we hold an opinion that people around the world should live in peace, solidarity regardless of their origin, religion and gender.

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Direct people-to-people contact and solidarity, How can it be promoted?

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Latest reader comment:

The examples from the countries of Central Asia are interesting.  On the one hand, their history under the Soviet Union was not a pleasant one, because solidarity was imposed, sometimes even by force.  On the other hand, the Soviet experience brought together many different nationalities and peoples and made possible many forms of voluntary, non-violent cooperation and solidarity.

An important question for the 21st Century is how this kind of international contact and solidarity can be promoted without involving states and their culture of war.  As it says in the Constitution of UNESCO: "A peace based exclusively upon the political and economic arrangements of governments would not be a peace which could secure the unanimous, lasting and sincere support of the peoples of the world, and peace must therefore be founded, if it is not to fail, upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind."


This report was posted on 05/01/2011.