IT'S TIME TO SHARE
- "Hereinafter, all our programs will be citizen-oriented. If in the first phase, we were led by "Strong Armenia" slogan and strengthened out state, in the next five years we should create such an environment for each citizen to feel their life betters", said Tigran Sargsyan in a meeting with RPA members in Vanadzor. Actually, the RPA believes the state and the life of citizens are two different things. In other words, if the RPA has been engaged in the strengthening of the state so far and now it will pass to the improvement of the lives of citizens, so according to them, there is no connection between the lives of citizens and the power of the state. In this case, the strength of the state is very interesting. How the strength of the state is determined? What are the criteria for it if not the welfare of citizens? How can a country be strong if it is not based on the improvement of the life? Actually, it comes out that the state has been "strengthened" on account of the citizens so far. Who is the state if not the citizen? A citizens living in poor conditions cannot be good in any state institute - either civil management system or force structures. In this case, the physical unfavorable conditions of the citizen will influence their psychological and moral state and it will be reflected in their work and attitude towards the environment. How the Primer of Armenia measures the strength of Armenia? How can a country be strong if the greater part of its economic potential is centralized in the capital, while the regions, especially the border ones, become ghost towns? Apparently, the Prime Minister and the RPA think the strength of the country is based on the number of batons, shields and "cheryomukha" gas guns given to the force structures. If they are enough for the preservation of power, it is possible to think about the citizens a little. Or the strength is measured by the wealth of oligarchs: if it is enough, time may be found to think how to give a little to the citizens or to give them space to breath and act. Strong is the country where the citizen wants to live, where they see the future for their children, where they can ensure the elementary needs of their families - health, food, clothing, education and fun, where the citizens feels themselves the masters of the country. The improvement of the lives of citizens and the strength of the country are parallel if the ruling "elites", proceeding from personal and group interests, don't mutate the concepts of state and strength. If the concepts of state and citizen are not parallel, when the improvement of the life of citizens is not laid under the strengthening of the country, the country will rather collapse then achieve new goals. Perhaps, the PM and his fellow colleagues need to admit honestly that the first phase was not dedicated to the strengthening of the country but to its "appropriation" and now something makes their stomach heavier or stayed in their throat, so they need the citizens. If we have this sincere confession by the authorities in place, we will be sure the authorities really adopted the tactics of honesty with the society which is the necessary base for further developments. If we don't have it, it is difficult to trust the assurances of the superstructure. JAMES HAKOBYAN
© AUAToday in Armenian history
- 1870 Birth of Nerses Ashtaraketsee the Fifth, later to become Catholicos and a figure of the National Liberal Movement. In 1814, while leader of the See of Tbilisi (Georgia), he founded the Nersessyan School. (He died in 1957).
- 1885 The Tsar closes Armenian Parish Schools in the Caucasus.
- 1891 The Tsar intensifies the national persecution of Armenians.
- 1894 Birth of Hambardsoom Khachanyan, famous actor of the Armenian stage.
- 1898 Birth of writer and critic Shavarsh Nardoonee. He died in 1968.
- 1921 Start of the Dashnak's anti-Bolshevik revolt.
- 1921 Armed forces of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation that had not already surrendered, start what became known as the "February Revolt" in Kesheeshkend (Yeghegnadzor) against the newly- created Soviet Armenian Government.
- 1925 Publication of the Large Soviet Encyclopedia.
- 1937 Death of seascape artist Vardan Makhookhian. He was born in 1869.
- 1963 The largest food-processing plant in Armenia (at Charentsavan-Lusavan) starts production.