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Kazakh poet’s ‘Book of Words’ launched

April 24, 2024
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan, Yerzhan Kistafin speaks during a book launching ceremony. — APP/File
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan, Yerzhan Kistafin speaks during a book launching ceremony. — APP/File 

Islamabad:Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan, Yerzhan Kistafin on Tuesday said the national poet and intellectual of Kazakhstan Qunanbaiuly Abai’s left an indelible impression on the socio-economic landscape as literature and culture of Kazakhstan and his ideas are the foundation for modern Kazakhstan, says a press release.

“His ideas laid the groundwork for the Kazakh cultural renaissance of the 20th century. Qunanbaiuly Abai’s poetry and books have been translated into many languages of the world, which taught the whole world about humanity, peace and common prosperity,” he said. The ambassador said at the book launch ceremony for ‘Book of Words’ by Abai, translated into Pashto, Punjabi, Sindhi, and Balochi, alongside a Kazakh-Urdu-English phrasebook, organised by the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies in collaboration with the National Library of Pakistan and the Embassy of Kazakhstan to Pakistan.

Today, Abai Qunanbaiuly’s legacy is alive and thriving, inspiring generations of writers, thinkers, and activists, he said. The ambassador said that during Qunanbaiuly Abai’s era, several important socio-political and socio-economic changes occurred in Kazakhstan. Abai’s creative poetry affected the philosophical thinking of educated Kazakhs, he said. The leaders of the progressive Alash Orda movement saw him as their inspiration.

He participated in the governing of the country and played a certain role in trying to resolve complicated problems of society justly. Throughout his life, Abai faced numerous challenges, including political oppression and personal tragedy, he said. Despite these obstacles, he remained committed to his principles and continued to inspire others through his writings and actions.

He advocated for the modernisation of Kazakh society, including the promotion of education, the empowerment of women, and the preservation of Kazakh cultural heritage. Abai passed away in 1904, but his legacy lives on and his contributions to Kazakh literature, culture, and society continue to be celebrated and studied, both in Kazakhstan and around the world, he said.