Written in Turkish on Kurdish Language Day...


Once upon a time...

The language whose very existence is the subject of debate, became the owner of a holiday.

The one who wrote this is a Kurd, but is writing in Turkish...

My writing begins with this issue...however, other perspectives that take their place in this issue are a basic goal of my writing this...

A people of over forty million...

A history of a thousand years...

The truth that was newly awakened in a land that has affected many cultures was the cradle for many new beginnings.

The Kurdish Language

The reason for writing this in Turkish is to call upon people who cannot read or write in their mother language to see this as their obligation...

It's not right for people to only discuss their problems on this holiday.

This day is for celebrating.

What will we celebrate?

Today in the Rojava Revolution and in South Kurdistan, hundreds of thousands of children learn to read and write in their mother language. Not only children, but every month thousands of people join in educational courses with the goal of learning the Kurdish language. Things that only a few years ago people could not even dream of, today are flourishing in this land.

There are universities that start Kurdish language lessons, and thousands of students in these universities...

Perhaps one of the most beautiful things about this is that the Kurdish language takes its place among the most studied and admired languages in the world.

Each one of these by itself is a reason for celebration,

If you can see...

One of the main problems of oppressed peoples is that they do not see their own developments and possiblities...moral values are strengthened by positivity. Of course, we aren't saying that we shouldn't criticize and self-criticize. What we want to emphasize is that this language and culture with thousands of years of history is risign from the ashes today.

In the same way that just before the Renaissance, thousands of documents were translated into European languages, now we see the development of Kurdish documents which make up this Kurdish Renaissance.

Thus, a correct answer to the question "How did we arrive at this renaissance?" is important.


Because until this renaissance, many cultural, political, and social fields paid a great price. What is obvious today has not always been like this. There is a historical background. They are connected to each other. Developments that only take place within language are limited to language itself, and this approach is wrong and not enough. Language is not just language. Language the physical embodiment of the mind.

This reawakening that has been lived in the mind is alive in language.

In order for this reawakening to be completed and continued, the struggle must continue in every dimension.

Rather than considering these struggles as separate, they must be seen as complementary phenomena, and this will then strengthen this struggle."

And finally we also remember and celebrate the toilers and those who have continued our struggle from the past until today.

Happy holiday!


Andok Ronahî