DIALECTICS OF THE EMERGENCE OF A CIVIL SOCIETY AND STATE SUPPORT OF NGOS IN TAJIKISTAN
Shamsiddin Karimov, Ph.D. (Philol.), Director, Initiative Support Center (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)
A civil society and democracy in Tajikistan are being cultivated on local soil—they are not “alien transplants.” The republic is ready to embrace the great transformation already going on, and the new phenomena have not weakened society’s immunity: we are all eyewitnesses to the birth of a new statehood and stronger national identity that will determine cultural development in the broadest sense of the word. But we must keep in mind that cultural development is impossible without mutual integration of this new statehood and stronger national identity in the spirit of genuine democratization.
However, from the dialectical viewpoint, the process is far from simple: a civil society ruled by law is coming into being by way of many contradictions, difficulties, meandering, and backtracking. As the road leading to a civil society ruled by law, democratization can be visualized as the sum total of numerous development vectors: some of them at times slow down the process, while others tend to miss certain seemingly logical stages by speeding things up.
Talking of speeding up, it should be noted that Tajikistan, as a country at the crossroads between the secular and Oriental religion-intensive civilizations, has moved a long way along one of………………..