Celebrating Tajikistan

It is very sad that the government chose not to mark the 90th anniversary of Tajikistan. It is particularly sad because we really need such anniversaries – anniversaries of real events that nobody is going to dispute – to boost patriotism and a sense of national unity in the country.

Although we have missed the opportunity to celebrate 90 years since the creation of the first explicitly Tajik state, we can still compensate for this by doing several things. First, I think we could replace the Independence Day we observe every year with Tajikistan Day falling on October 14 or October 15, the day when the Soviet Tajikistan was founded. We should be honest with ourselves: we have little to celebrate on Independence Day. Unlike many other nations, we did not fight for independence or put too much effort into becoming independent. Independence was effectively forced upon us at the time when most Tajiks wanted the republic to remain part of the Soviet Union. So, Independence Day is devoid of real meaning. Removing the Independence Day from the national calender and replacing it with the Tajikistan Day could be a way to get a real holiday, the holiday that most people in the country would have no problem understanding and relating to. On this day, we could celebrate the fact that there is a Tajik state. It might even be a good idea to stop observing another meaningful holiday, the Constitution Day, and make the Tajikistan Day last for two days in a row.
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Tajikistan’s Forgotten Anniversary

Ninety years ago, in October 1924, the Bolsheviks created a new political entity, the Tajik Republic. The republic initially had a status of an autonomous republic within the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR). Five years later, in October 1929, a modified Tajikistan was promoted to the status of a Soviet Socialist Republic.

So, this October, Tajikistan could choose between celebrating the 90th anniversary of the creation of a political entity called Tajikistan or the 85th anniversary of the creation of the Tajik SSR. Given the country’s passion for anniversaries and celebrations, it would have been logical to assume that the country would celebrate the both anniversaries. Instead, none was celebrated.

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