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The presentation of the book “Nursultan Nazarbayev – Bolashaqqa bagdar: ruhani zhangiru”

On December 21, 2017 at the Central Communication Service the presentation of the book “Nursultan Nazarbayev – Bolashaqqa bagdar: ruhani zhangiru” (articles, public speeches, expert comments and analytical background information) prepared by the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KazISS) took place.

The authors of the Book’s materials, representatives of government bodies and think tanks, members of the media took part in the event.

The program article of the President of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev “Bolashaqqa bagdar: ruhani zhangiru” ("A Look into the Future: Modernization of Public Consciousness") has generated tremendous interest and widely discussed in Kazakhstan and internationally. The book consists of the series of articles, speeches and interviews of well-known political and community figures, representatives of academic community from Kazakhstan and foreign states. The analytical and background materials, as well as methodological materials in key areas of the President’s article prepared by KazISS experts, have been also included.

In her speech, the Director of KazISS Zarema Shaukenova noted the importance, content and the enormity of the tasks mandated in the program article “Bolashaqqa bagdar: ruhani zhangiru”. With this document, the new page in the history of Kazakhstan had been written.

Ruhani zhangiru is the key dimension of modernization, Nursultan Nazarbayev says in his book “The Era of Independence” presented on December, 15. In this book, Elbasy presents the spiritual revival of Kazakhstan as a basis of a platform of the transition to the era of creativity.

Z. Shaukenova pointed that, on one hand, the article "A Look into the Future: Modernization of Public Consciousness" has become a logical extension of the recent Address to the Nation “Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness” in which the process of renewal including political reforms and economic modernization has been announced. On the other hand, this is an initial starting point of Kazakhstan’s progressive development where the modernization of identity becomes a linchpin of political and economic transformation. The vision of the State’s perspectives is directly related to the national consolidation of Kazakhstan people. That is why it is necessary to “take another step towards the future together and our nation’s identity to forge a single nation of strong and responsible people”.

According to the leading research fellow of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy, Doctor of Philosophy, professor Gaziz Telebayev, the book has been presented very timely. Currently, the deep recognition of the program article of the Head of State is in the process. That is why the scientific approach to studying is critically important. Telebayev drew attention to the articles of famous Kazakhstani philosophers A. Aitaly, Zh. Abdildyn, R. Abdildyna in which moral and spiritual values of the society are discussed in the context of “Ruhani zhangiru”.

Expert, political scientist Sayasat Nurbek noted the relevance of the program article of the President of Kazakhstan in the light of recent researches in the fields of modernization theory and institutional economics. Today, identifying and establishing pro-modernization values, escape from dependency and paternalism thinking, creation of progressive business-culture, motivation to success and mobility are the key modernization goals.

In the statement of the Director of Center for Political Analysis and Strategic Studies of Nur Otan party, Candidate of Sociological Sciences Yuliya Kuchinskaya, pointed out that the book particularly valuable as a foresight of researches on scenarios for Kazakhstan. The book includes reflections of the experts inside and outside of the country upon the various dimensions of development of Kazakhstani society in the context of systematic modernization. Also of interest in this context is the article of the Director of Russian Research Institute of Regional Problems Dmitry Zhuravlev that summarizes the ideas of modernizations, traditions and development.

The Head of the Department of Social and Political Studies of KazISS, Ph.D Alua Zholdybalina focused on specific features of the cultural modernization process. She also noted that KazISS experts Madina Nurgalieva, Yuri Buluktayev, Lessya Karatayeva, as well as Russian political scientists A. Kazantsev and Y. Kofner, Doctor of Political science A. Bizhanov, Professor A. Derbisali, the Deputy Chairman of Majilis V. Bozhko put forward their views concerning the importance of culture in the process of realization of Ruhani Zhangiru program.

The data and opinions of other public figures, scientists and experts can be found in the book appealing to a wide readership. An electronic copy of the book is available on KazISS website: kaziss.kz