Conference on «The Course Towards the Future : Modernization of Public Conscience » in TURKSOY Headquarters
The article by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev entitled «The Course Towards the Future : Modernization of Public Conscience » was discussed in a conference held in TURKSOY Headquarters on July 5th, 2017.
The conference gathered TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Ankara Abzal Saparbekuli, the Chairman of the Higher Institution of Language and History of the Republic of Turkey named after Ataturk, Prof. Dr. Derya Ors, the Chairman of the Institution of Turkish Language Prof. Dr. Mustafa S. Kaçalin and the Chairman of the Institution of Turkish History Prof. Dr. Refik Turan along with rectors and scholars from various universities of Turkey as well as representatives of NGOs and many guests.
In the opening speech he delivered at the conference, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov stressed that the article by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev entitled «The Course Towards the Future : Modernization of Public Conscience », conveys universal messages which are of capital importance for the entire humanity. Ambassador Kasseinov further said: “This visionary article is a guiding document not only for Kazakhstan but also for the entire Turkic World. Under the auspices of the Heads of States of its member countries, TURKSOY carries out activities to preserve and transmit our cultural heritage to future generations. Our utmost priority is to preserve our national values. Hence, this manifesto which we consider as a roadmap for the self-confident development of the Turkic World is an extremely precious heritage for us.’’
The Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Ankara Abzal Saparbekuli who also delivered a speech at the conference said that this manifesto is a truly inspiring document for anyone who reads it. Ambassador Saparbekuli further said : “This document written by our President has made an overwhelming impression in Turkey. Up to now, we have been discussing this manifesto of our President in many meetings, but the most meaningful meeting is undoubdtedly today’s conference which we are holding in TURKSOY Headquarters. This paper is addressing the entire Turkic World. Personally, I find new meanings and messages in it every time I read it, and it brings new ideas to my mind. Our dearest wish is of course that this roadmap drawn by our President does not remain restricted to the Kazak people but turns into an idea which embraces the entire Turkic World thanks to the joint efforts of scholars of the Turkic World. Let me also extend my sincere gratitude to TURKSOY for bringing together scholars and institutions of Turkey contributing to the development of the Turkic World through their activities.’’
The keynote speaker of the conference held in TURKSOY Headquarters was Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bican Ercilasun. Prof. Dr. Ercilasun stressed that this paper by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on the “Modernization of Public Conscience” is a major project in which the modernization of conscience is considered as a prerequisite of economic and political reforms.
Prof. Dr. Ercilasun also said that he goes along with Nursultan Nazarbayev’s idea about the modernization of peoples based on their own national codes and added: ''In this article, Mr. Nazarbayev criticizes the patronizing character of Western modernization in the 20th century and stresses the importance of national codes in this process. According to Prof. Dr. Ercilasun , scholars of the Turkic World are entrusted with very important missions in this regard and it is the primary duty of us all to lay the foundations of requirements mentioned in this paper through our own scientific and academic work. As often stressed by Mr. Nazarbayev, the modernization of conscience must take place before the modernization of actions. This idea is also in perfect accordance with the motto we often express, namely that of “Unity in Language, Ideas and Actions.”
The conference was followed by a ceremony during which medals of TURKSOY dedicated to the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties among Turkic republics and to the Year of Yusuf Khass Hajip were handed over to their owners.
Having celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Independence of Turkic Republics with several colourful events last year, TURKSOY has now also brought together scholars and intellectuals as well as representatives of institutions and organizations of the Turkic World to express its gratitude to them for their successful activities and valuable contribution to Turkic culture with these medals.