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Lezginka as a cure of xenophobia

2012-09-19 11:46

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The more we know about each other, the more we love each other. Briefly, this is a plan of the Russian government against ethnic conflicts in the country. In accordance with this plan, federal media will be instructed to cover the cultural life of the peoples of Russia and the former Soviet Union: to acquaint the audience with their songs, dances, customs and festivals. Simply put, the eradication of xenophobia will be conducted through broadcasting lezginka and Eid al-Adha. But will this strategy be productive?

An average Russian has two main objects of xenophobia - Caucasians and Tajiks. In the collective consciousness the generalized image of a Caucasian and a concrete image of a Tajik have merged into one personification - a potential criminal and an ethnic element completely alien to a Russian. Unfortunately, this attitude is not groundless: number of ethnic crimes in Russia is growing by the day, and each such case - this is a headache for the investigator.

A few days ago, the Russian government has attempted to suppress ethnic conflicts. The media has been informed about a "secret plan" of impact on Russian society through television. Under this plan, the federal TV channels must broadcast the cultural and religious life of the peoples of Russia and the former USSR. For example, the TV-channels "MIR" and "TV Center" must broadcast live celebration of Sabantui, Eid al-Adha and Nowruz.

The general direction of this strategy can be briefly described as the mutual acquaintance of each other, which in the future will turn if not into love, but into understanding. For example, if a Russian sees on TV professional performance of lezginka in Grozny, he would not be annoyed by performing of lezginka in Moscow and Saratov. Whether this approach will work?

Karomat Sharipov, chairman of the Russian public organization "Tajik migrant workers". "Ethnic extremism - this is a sign of troubled times, when the ideals and sense are lost. I would encourage the Russians to regain their historic character and recreate the state capable to draw the other nations and other states together. And most importantly - the Russians should cast aside the fear of imaginary enemy, all the more migrants from the former Soviet republics. Fear does not create power. But the migrants themselves should help the Russians to remove irritation. For this, they must learn to respect the language, culture and customs of the people of the country in which they live and earn money. And modesty would be also helpful in this issue".

Zagid Makhmudov, a member of the Coordination Council for Development of Civil Society under the President of Dagestan. "Such a plan would not solve the problem, but can be useful as part of an overall package of measures. Caucasian customs are largely incomprehensible to an outsider. First, I would have explained the essence of the holidays and customs, their internal philosophy and history, and only then show them on TV".

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