Babakhan Sharif: We have even more to accomplish – Photo

Babakhan Sharif: We have even more to accomplish – Photo

Culture
10 October 2019, 16:37 66
"Today, relations between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan are developing in all areas. Literary and cultural ties, in particular, promote the deepening of friendly relations between the two countries. Our friendly relations are strengthening day by day.” These words were voiced at the 70th Anniversary of Babakhan Mohammed Sharif, who has a great role in translation and the promotion of the Uzbek-Azerbaijani literary and friendly relations, and the presentation of the "Azerbaijani-Uzbek” and "Uzbek-Azerbaijani” dictionary, held jointly by the Kaspi newspaper and the Press Council at the International Press Center in Baku.
 
Opening the event, Editor-in-Chief of the Kaspi newspaper Ilham Guliyev underscored the significance of the 70th anniversary of Babakhan Sharif, and the presentation of the "Azerbaijani-Uzbek" and "Uzbek-Azerbaijani" dictionary for the literary and cultural life of the country. "Today we have gathered for two reasons – the 70th anniversary of the outstanding literary scholar Babakhan Sharif and the presentation of this dictionary,” he said.
 
Welcoming the guests, Head of Kaspi Education Company, PhD Sona Veliyeva gave a brief overview of Babakhan Sharif's creative activity. "I sometimes wonder why Mr. Babakhan devoted his life to writing, even more to literature, in addition to teaching. After graduating university, he was working  as a journalist in the 1960s and '70s. Publications of the book devoted to the nation’s fate and its literature have turned into his destiny. Not everyone can devote themselves to words, connect their destiny to it and represent their nation and people through the enchantment of words, as well as play the role of a bridge between all Turkic-speaking peoples. For example, in 1990 his "Turkish-Uzbek” speech booklet was published over three times due to its significance. This publication was of great importance for the unhindered communication between the Turkic-speaking peoples. In the early century, it was a stimulus for the single language issue of Turkic-speaking peoples. Mr. Babakhan overcame this work honorably. That is why this book was published three times. This book left many traces in his fate by playing the role of a bridge and communication between peoples. He became well-known, loved and gained many friends because of it. Mr. Babakhan was able to establish his own Turkism ideas and served this ideology by playing the role of a bridge between his peers and new generations,” she said.
 
In the years to come, future generations will also benefit from your books and dictionaries which were developed through hard work, Veliyeva told the prominent scientist, mentioning that he was awarded TURKSOY's "Honor” and Mahmud Kashgari awards specially for these services. "You have received awards from Azerbaijan, and have also been awarded with the Turkic world service awards. Only people that are well-known in the Turkic world for their signature and work are able to receive such awards. This brings great joy to us and the Uzbek people. We are very happy with the work you have done regarding Azerbaijan,” she noted.
 
Veliyeva also said that Babakhan Sharif, by translating books, such as Prof. Ali Hasanov's "Geopolitics” and Elmira Akhundova's "Heydar Aliyev. Personhood and Time”, books by author Anar, as well as a collection of stories by young authors, has promoted them. "This is your service to both Uzbek and Azerbaijani literature,” she said.
 
She underscored the need for student exchange programs between the two countries in order to promote friendly relations. "This is a very important issue. If the heads of higher education institutions attended this event, they would have drawn attention to this issue. I believe that this friendship will play a significant role in re-establishing our pre-existing, later weakening educational, literary relations,” she added. Veliyeva noted that the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Tashkent was also instrumental in expanding friendly relations between the two countries.
 
Noting that relations with Uzbekistan originated in the early 1990s, Umud Rahimoglu, chairman of the International Eurasia Foundation, said that many visits to Uzbekistan, including media tours, have been organized in recent years. "In recent years, there have been great opportunities for holding such events in Uzbekistan. It seems to me that we should use these opportunities to do more,” he added.
 
Reminding her recent visit to Uzbekistan, MP Ganira Pashayeva said it was a great honor to celebrate the anniversary of this individual, who is a bridge between the two fraternal countries, in Baku. "Mr. Babakhan is a great personality, known not only in Uzbekistan but also in the whole Turkic world. With his entire family, he has devoted his heart and soul to the Turkic world. He has mentioned Azerbaijan not only in his books published in Uzbekistan, but also in 10 articles written in his latest book published in Turkey,” she said.
 
Pashayeva said that we should try to acquaint the younger generation of the two countries with each other. "We should promote business relations between the two countries. Our people should travel to Uzbekistan as tourists because this country is one of the most beautiful countries to sightsee. I am confident that the Azerbaijani-Uzbek relations will further develop,” the MP added.
 
Samir Abbasov, head of the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Tashkent, said the Uzbek-Azerbaijani friendship was growing steadily. "We must further strengthen our friendship with Uzbekistan, one of the key countries in Central Asia. Let's face towards the major cultural center of the Turkic world, the birthplace of culture. I expect each of you to support this,” he said.
 
Abbasov underscored the dictionary as the first of its kind in history. "Mr. Babakhan is one of the co-authors of this project from Uzbek side,” he noted.
 
Writer, publisher Shohrat Barlas wished the Uzbek-Azerbaijani friendship and love to be everlasting. "This love must last forever. We need to protect our traditions,” he noted.
 
Prominent scientist Ramiz Asgar noted Turkey and Azerbaijan as the two most important countries in the Turkic world. "Both are powerful and both are ancient. Both are the heirs of a great culture. Uzbekistan is the heart of Central Asia. The cultural and literary relations between our countries are strong, but we need to strengthen these ties. The President of Uzbekistan will visit our country in the near future. These relations will be further strengthened,” he added.
 
Writers Union Secretary, Editor-in-Chief of the "525th newspaper” Rashad Majid noted that he had known Babakhan Sharif since 2014. "From the first day, I have known Mr. Babakhan as an optimistic person. One person's love and thoughtfulness has an influence on everyone,” he said.
 
Speaking at the event, writer, publicist Yunus Oghuz, and doctoral candidate Fazil Guney, also congratulated the guest on his anniversary.
 
At the end of the event, Babakhan Mohammed Sharif thanked the event organizers. "Seeing your admiration makes me feel like an 18-year-old. As the Turkic world we are all brothers and sisters. Brothers may quarrel but there is no place for hatred when there is love. We must turn our brotherly ties into ties of love. We have even more to accomplish in the future. Our community should strive to expand the Turkic world and find its place among the peoples of the world. We need to manifest work that is connected with our literary relations and that preserves our nationality. We must mobilize all our efforts to keep the Turkic world alive,” he said.
 
Diplomas of the Kaspi Education Company and the Kaspi newspaper, the Azerbaijan Writers Union, the Press Council and the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Tashkent were presented to the guest.
 
Tarana Maharramova