Outlining his own vision of the situation in the field of the national liberation struggle, the author sometimes encounters misunderstanding, and as a result, with hard hitting assessments of his work and his personality. He is a clown, and a Jew, and an Armenian, and a Tatarophob. He has nothing against the first three. As N.A. Nekrasov wrote, “My friends, ridicule me without constraint – I will answer you the same!” Why I do not agree with the “Tatarophob” – I will have to explain.
It turns out that he praises the Tatars a little! For opponents, the model “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” works. That is, praise your close people and scold strangers, and God forbid vice versa! According to the author, this is rather primitive. Such a model worked well in the last century and the century before the last for the Tatars who escaped from the village and sought support and success in foreign lands. There it was impossible to manage without Tatars mutual support. This is how, long ago, the author’s grandfather hid a young Tatar who had stabbed a Russian in a fight. He barricaded himself in a barrack room and did not open the door to the crowd rushing with reprisals. Then the grandfather was forced to leave with his whole family from his barrack in a working settlement. He knew that the Russians would not allow him to live normally. But he did not betray his countryman.
However, today, with the goal of creating an independent state, one cannot go far and will not achieve what was planned with the only idea of ”unity with all”. What is needed is not a spontaneous village protest, but a well-thought-out organization of the struggle with a clear order: what is the goal, what ideas, what are the ways and methods of achieving it, tools and weapons in the broadest sense, assessment of allies and enemies, distribution of responsibilities, approximate plans for success and failure, and much more.
Do you know, dear opponents, the Ukrainian poet T. Shevchenko? They say that many Ukrainians still hang his portrait on the wall today. The author, to be honest, does not like his poems – they are too gloomy, dissonant, and do not fit well with music. Russian Pushkin, Lermontov, Koltsov and many others are much sweeter to his ears. But, as Ukrainians explained to me, they look at the figure of Shevchenko in a different way. He is not just a poet for them, he is a prophet. He took upon himself the heavy and painful burden of proclaiming the truth to the people, and fulfilled this mission to the end. Suffering, making mistakes, sometimes crying from failure and disappointment, but not renouncing and not turning back.
Another example of the same inflexibility is the notorious Stepan Bandera. He could be assessed as a political loser: a heavy prison sentence at the very beginning of his political career for participating in a terrorist attack against a Polish minister, then a German concentration camp for trying to revive Ukrainian statehood, then emigration obscurity in Germany, and finally death at the hands of an NKVD agent. In addition, the entire Bandera family died in death camps – some in German, some in Soviet.
It would seem this is an example of the unsuccessful careers of two unfortunate people. If not for one “but”: their idea, the idea of the free Ukraine, survived and won. What do you think, dear readers, would they regret today the life they lived, seeing the fruits of their labor from heaven?
I have to admit, the author was also criticized for Islamophobia and insufficient love for the idea of reviving the Great Turan with Turkey at the head. And although this criticism came from worthy and respected countrymen, the author also rejects these accusations, since he himself professes Sunni Islam and treats Turkey with respect. At the same time, with the stipulation that Islam and a mosque are slightly different things.
Earthly professional servants of Allah quite easily solve the problems of truth, leaning towards the side of profit.
And Turkey, with all the attractiveness of friendship with a strong co-religionist and kinsman, can hardly be an example today in respecting human and civil rights (which, for example, is evidenced by the policy of President R. T. Erdogan in relation to the patriotic Turkish military).
Having once written about the courage and desperate audacity of ordinary Tatar guys, the author was again criticized – this time for trying to “dilute his Tatarophobia with a complimentary article.” May you be healthy, “kind” critics! So you did not understand anything! The whole “fun” of the situation is that there are a lot of daring and “reckless” yash batyrlars among modern youth. But these brave men with a leopard smile on their faces direct their young energy to anything, but not to the national liberation struggle. Participation in youth gangs, search for adventures on the streets of Tatar cities, resulting in domestic hooliganism, voluntary participation in the aggressive war against Ukraine… And you never know what other forms “dashing valiant” can take without a reasonable and noble idea. The very one that was supposed to be born in the circles of the national Tatar intellectuals and be conveyed to a simple Tatar.
I would really like the number of Tatar ideological patriots to expand at the expense of educated people, intellectuals, for which Tatarstan is famous among its neighbors.
Bespectacled geeks students with gadgets in their hands and leisurely, gray-haired intellectuals wise by life experience are needed for Tatar national revolution.
Spiritual leaders and pragmatic intellectuals are needed to head and direct this struggle. So that we have more people like R. Kashapov, F. Bayramova and other patriotic democrats.
Tatars have always respected education and science. They will listen and evaluate with a special respect the words of wise and educated people, they will be able to take the side indicated by fellow countrymen advanced in science. And the fighting intellectuals will not be left alone, the people, nourished by their ideas, will support their like-minded people.
And then, as the classics of Marxism wrote, “the idea that has taken possession of the masses will become a material force”! Oh, and then the Tatars will give the Kremlin a hard time! Something that there will be hell to pay!