Selected Writings on the State and the Transition to Socialism

Selected Writings on the State and the Transition to Socialism

Selected Writings on the State and the Transition to Socialism

Selected Writings on the State and the Transition to Socialism

Synopsis

Underlying current controversies about environmental regulation are shared concerns, divided interests and different ways of thinking about the earth and our proper relationship to it. This book brings together writings on nature and environment that illuminate thought and action in this realm.

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Ken Coates

The Case Is Not Closed

Not many Western readers take out subscriptions to Sharq yulduzi, which has a circulation of 167,000 in Soviet Bukhara. Star of the East, as we would know it, is published in Tashkent, where it is the Uzbek-language literary monthly. In 1978 it ran a celebratory feature on one Faizulla Khodzhayev. "Those who have fought for the people's happiness are never forgotten," said this article. "They are preserved eternally in the people's memory, and pass from generation to generation."

Such memories were provoked by a picture-book issued in Tashkent in 1977. Its subject, the same Faizulla Khodzhayev, is pictured on the cover in his military uniform -- a fact that required explanation. "Some readers," noted the reviewer, "are not well aware that he [Khodzhayev] was the first general to emerge from the Uzbeks, or that he attained the highest military rank of those times." Party Secretary Brezhnev was aware of these facts, however; indeed, his words of 1973 are cited: "Those who were nurtured by the Party of Lenin, Akmal Ikramov, Faizulla Khodzhayev . . . and many other comrades are remembered by us today with gratitude and respect." With such patronage, it is not altogether surprising that Sharq yulduzi can culminate its appreciation of the first Uzbek general by announcing that he "was a true sone of the people."

Things were not always like that. Forty years earlier the Uzbek press had been less flattering about him, but then Khodzhayev was very much better known in the West.

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