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Did Turkmenbashy advocate independence for all the world’s ethnic groups?

March 2, 2008

©  Reflections on the Ruhnama
By Steve in Wisconsin
Publication date:  March 2, 2008

Turkmenbashy placed great importance on Turkmenistan’s independence. In Ruhnama the “5th Golden Age of the National Turkmen spirit” began on 27 October 1991 – the day of Turkmenistan’s independence.

Turkmenbashy writes:

In fact Allah the Almighty decreed an interesting fate for our nation. The Turkmen spirit rises at the beginning of each millennium. This was the same for the beginning of the third millennium. Allah the Almighty granted the return of historical creative inspiration to the Turkmen. This is the age of maturity for the Turkmen spirit.

Ruhnama, Book I, p. 287
(English hardcover edition. Bold emphasis appears in original text.)

The spiritual figure for this age is none other than Saparmyrat Turkmenbashy the Great. (But you probably saw that coming, huh?) In accordance with the above excerpt it would appear that the beginning of the 5th Golden Age, coupled with Turkmenistan’s day of Independence AND Turkmenbashy’s ascension to the role of spiritual leader — was the will of Allah based on what is written in Ruhnama. Since these “Ages” can last for hundreds of years (long after the death of the spiritual figure) then presumably Turkmenbashy continues in this capacity even after his death in December 2006. It was his intention that Ruhnama be the means for guiding the nation into the future.

Returning to the subject of “independence” and considering that Ruhnama, although written primarily for the Turkmens also has global implications, this naturally raises the question: Does Turkmenbashy believe that ALL ethnic groups are entitled to independent homelands?

Turkmenbashy writes:

One feels sorrow for the peoples of the world who have not yet achieved nationhood; and one feels twice that sorrow for those who leave the path of the nation and consider this great idea, the nation, to be merely the detritus of history.

ibid., p. 146

OK, I admit that I had to look up the word “detritus”. According to the Free Online Dictionary the word has several meanings, including medical terminology, but the definition most closely fitting the above context is:
“2. a. Disintegrated or eroded matter: the detritus of past civilizations.
What Turkmenbashy is saying is that one’s sorrow is doubled for those who believe that the concept of “nation” is an archaic ideology when compared to a “one world” government in which all people are citizens regardless of ethnicity, history, customs, etc.

Whereas Turkmenbashy fully supported the United Nations as a means of resolving disputes “among” nations and providing various programs “for” nations — he clearly rejected the idea of abolishing nations in preference to one-worldliness.

Furthermore, since Turkmenbashy writes in Ruhnama of his goal to “abolish tribalism” in Turkmenistan as a means of enhancing equality among citizens, we can conclude that tribal units are not eligible for independence apart from a larger ethnic parent group, such as Turkmens. However, based on Turkmenbashy’s words it would appear that groups such as Tatars, Kurds, Chechens, etc. would be entitled to independent states in the world community.


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