Official Chronicle

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev visited the Alley of Honor to pay tribute to the memory of the great leader Heydar Aliyev

10-05-2011 | 18:40        


May 10 marked the 88th birthday anniversary of the genius son the whole Turkic world, outstanding personality, great leader and world known politician, national leader of Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev. On this occasion, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, his family members, state and government officials visited the Alley of Honor to pay tribute to the memory of the great leader. The historical destiny of Azerbaijan, covering the period of over the last thirty five years, was inseparably linked with the name of Heydar Aliyev. In fact, flipping the pages of Heydar Aliyev’s life history we look at one whole epoch of Azerbaijan history. If we need to phrase his political portrait in a sentence, we can say: Heydar Aliyev was a politician capable of managing the most complicated and contradictory historical processes, and keep cool in the most difficult situations. He was a leader able to properly estimate geopolitical changes in the world and pragmatically calculate the losses and future of the nation he belonged to. Revival of the people during these years in all spheres of its socio-political, economic and cultural life is connected just with his name. Being an outstanding politician and statesman, indisputable leader of the nation, he was a live legend, and therefore the Heydar Aliyev phenomena always attracted attention, the admiration rising political activity of this nationwide leader of the Azerbaijanis of the world was widely covered both in the Republican and world press. Heydar Aliyev was one of the strongest sons of Azerbaijan whose name was perpetuated in the history during his lifetime. Heydar Aliyev was a politician, hardly possible to find a peer to him in the world. Endless belief of Azerbaijani nation in its great son and readiness of Heydar Aliyev to everything in the name of salvation of his Motherland and his nation were the main factors taking him so high. Indeed, Heydar Aliyev was ready to any victim in the name of Azerbaijan and his competitors couldn’t esteem his personal potential. They couldn’t believe that a person, who had lived most part of his life and faced many challenges, could manage all the accusations, threats and attempts to prevent him from coming to power and would be speaking in the last moment with the motto: “Either I will construct independent Azerbaijan or will become a martyr on this way”. Undoubtedly, Azerbaijan will have great politicians, but hardly anybody will be able to rise till the pedestal of a Great Rescuer. The head of state laid a wreath on the tomb of the national leader… The state Anthem of Azerbaijan was sounded… Heydar Aliyev is an undeniable history of the nation. His name has been engraved with golden letters in the annals of the modern history of Azerbaijan. During his lifetime he managed to keep in the memory such magnificent monuments that can’t be faded away by rain and storm. In order to understand the genius of Heydar Aliyev one has to read and learn his greatest work - Azerbaijan. He left his traces in every place of Azerbaijan. He was a wise politician and was able to persuade everybody with his word as there was always a concrete action behind it. This was the most important characteristic that brought him success and made him the beloved son of the nation. The nation believed and trusted him and thus, it followed him in the most difficult times. Heading the Republic in 1969-1982 he implemented unprecedented works for Azerbaijan transforming the country into one of the most reputable countries of the former Soviet Union. Being the first Azerbaijani having a high ranking position in Moscow was the result of his leadership skills. Those who were horrified to see a great politician like him close to themselves did injustice to the first Azerbaijani in the Kremlin. His will was so strong that the soviet political machine was unable to destroy and break him. He was the only person dismissed from the Political Bureau but was able to reach the heights again, because he had already gained the love of the millions. Following the morning after the heinous tragedy of the 20th of January he proved that he was together with his nation and raised his voice of protest. Heydar Aliyev was the first person who had the three colored flag of Azerbaijan brought to the parliament when he served as chair of the Nakhchivan Supreme Council. The foundation of solidarity and union of the World Azerbaijanis was laid during those years.  In 1993-2003, the state building of Azerbaijan and public-political stability was ensured, the continued process geared to the economic development and the strengthening of international relations commenced, and radical reforms were undertaken in all fields. Confidently walking in the path of independence, Azerbaijan became the participator of the democratization process shortly afterwards. Turning into the reality from the myth, the BTC main oil export pipeline laid the foundation of the oil strategy of Azerbaijan, and determined the main course of the economy of Azerbaijan. It’s not surprising that this project is considered as important as the gaining of independence of Azerbaijan. Not only Azerbaijan, but also a number of nations will be grateful to Heydar Aliyev for the unprecedented project establishing grounds for socio-economic progress of Azerbaijan and its international economic integration. Understanding the great economic significance of the project the nation bestowed upon him the name of the nationwide leader. Raising the idea of the ancient Silk Road and organizing its implementation work proved that the personality of Heydar Aliyev was not only of regional but also of the world importance. The reality of the today’s Azerbaijan is linked with the bright personality of Ilham Aliyev and his untiring work. This work is based on the Heydar Aliyev’s philosophy and on his leadership school. Heydar Aliyev’s name is engraved forever on the pick of the world politics, while Ilham Aliyev has been successfully carrying on this work proving he was the worthy successor of this school. Heydar Aliyev used to say that the independent Republic of Azerbaijan would live and be an example to other countries in terms of principles of democracy, freedom of people and democratic reforms. Truly, Azerbaijan, the homeland he loved so much is in reliable hands now. The work of President Ilham Aliyev leads people to this conclusion. Heydar Aliyev did not die, he is among us. This is due to the facts that the great ideas of the nationwide leader are with us. “A man is born after his death”. His magnificence is seen to a large extent after his death.  And now his soul prays for the beloved Azerbaijan for the sake of which he dedicated the remainder of his life. The people who have love for Heydar Aliyev express him their gratitude and pray for the sake of his soul by visiting the alley of Honor. May his soul rest in peace…