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Today, 70 years since 19 May 1919 - which marks Atatürk’s first step towards founding a new Turkish state - the explicit and implicit attacks on his reforms and principles by negative internal and external forces, emboldened by his no longer being alive, have reached their peak. Even worse, these forces are striving to destroy all those reforms and principles in the future through a deliberate and insidious strategy.
Atatürk was not just a great soldier who rescued the Turkish nation, the independence of which was completely at risk, from the invasion by imperialist powers.
He was the one who:
destroyed all the negative connections that threatened our independence, especially in the political, cultural and economic spheres;

founded the Turkish Republic by attaining national sovereignty;


rescued our society from institutions and organisations built on the mentality of medieval times and sharia law, by discarding religious beliefs;

showed us how to be a modern and civilised nation, and maintain this as a lifelong process;


made secular thoughts based on reason, secular law; and the secular educational system sovereign in community life;

paved the way for all types of freedom, civil rights, a state based on social law, and pluralistic democracy;


abolished man-made inequality by ensuring justice for Turkish women, who had been treated as second-class human beings for centuries, making them citizens with equal rights in respect to men;
made the public the real master, not only in the political domain, but also in the economic and social spheres, by opposing every kind of internal and external exploitation;

regarded the welfare of each citizen as the reason for and purpose of the State;


adopted and instilled the principle that the national economy should not be led by the will of entrepreneurs in an irregular way according only to the mechanism of profit and competition –  but should be led by the State itself to meet the requirements of society of all the citizens of the country;

believed and made others accept that Turkish citizens should be able to benefit from the country’s riches – both those below and above the ground;


created a positive, constructive and modern Turkish nationalism, and made it one of the main principles of the State to oppose racism, in line with the National Pact, arguing that “anyone who calls him/herself Turkish” is indeed Turkish;

stated that every citizen should be able to benefit from science, education and art, and also made people’s freedom of thought, knowledge and conscience the primary mission of the State;


saw the purification and enrichment of the Turkish language as a great social mission – in addition to the adoption of new Turkish script (the Latin alphabet) – to free it from cultural imperialism and to standardise education;

connected Turkish history to the foundations of modern life;


condemned war, racism and violence in international relations and within the State itself, by employing the principle of “Peace at home, peace in the world”;
made the “rule of reciprocity” and the standard of “being an honourable and equal member of the World Nations’ Family” an indispensable principle;
He was also the founder of a modern state, and he sowed the seeds of the type of thinking that unites all human beings, by highlighting that all nations are part of the family of humanity.
It is in this context that the people who believe Ataturk’s reforms and principles have the creative and enlightening power to solve the country’s social problems have founded the “Association of Atatürk Principles”, recognising the need for his reforms and principles to be upheld in the future, and their responsibility for facilitating and safeguarding these principles.
Founders’ Committee-  19 May1989

Nowadays, after 70 years over 19 May 1919 which is Atatürk’s first step to found new Turkish State, some negative inner and foreigner powers that take courage from our not having Atataürk’s corporality now have climaxed their explicit and implicit attacks towards Atatürk’s reforms and principles. Even worse, they are in a struggle for shattering all those reforms and principles in the future with a planned and insidious operation.

In fact, Atatürk is not just a great soldier who rescued Turkish nation and country, whose independancy had fallen into a total danger, from the invasion of imperialist powers.

He is the one who,

Shatters all negative connections that threaten our independancy in every domain, especially in political, cultural and economical domains;

Founds Turkish Republic by making real the national sovereignity;

Rescues our society from instiutions and organisations based upon mentality of Medieval ages and sharia laws, by letting alone religious beliefs;
Guides us to be a modern and civilised nation, and keep this as a lifelong process;

Makes sovereign the secular thoughts based upon reasoning; secular law; and secular educational system in community life;
Paves the way for all the freedoms, civil rights, a Social Law State and pluralistic democracy;

Abolishes the man-made inequality by doing justice for Turkish women who have been treated like a second-class humanbeing for centuries and by making them humanbeings and citizens who have equal rights and equal honour with men.

Makes the public real master in not only political domain but also in economical and social domains by opposing each kind of internal and external exploitation ;
Regards welfare of each citizen as reason and purpose of state;

Internalizes as a principle himself and have made the others internalize that the national economy should not be lead by the sweet will of the entrepreneurs, and in a rambling way only according to the mechanism of profit and competition but by the state itself to meet the requirements of the society and all of the citizens of the country;

Internalizes that Turkish citizens should be able to benefit from underground and surface treasure of the country and made the others accept it;

Creates a positive, constructive and modern Turkish nationalism and makes it one of the main principle of the state by objecting to rasism along the National Pact by arguing that any people who call him/herself as “turkish” are the turkish people in fact;

States that every citizen should be able to benefit from science , education and art and also raising people having liberty of thought, wisdom and conscience is as a foremost mission of the state;
Regards that purification and enrichment of Turkish language is a big social mission beside accepting new Turkish letters ( Latin Alphabet) , to be free from the cultural imperialism and to generalize the education;

Connects Turkish history with the root of modern people;

Condemns the offensive war, racism and violence in international relations and in the state itself by using the principle of ” Peace at home, peace in the world”;

Makes that the “mutualness rule” and the standard of ” being an honorable and equal member of the World Nations Family” is a indispensable principle;

And he is the one, who is the founder of a Modern State and sows the seeds of the thought of uniting all the human beings by highlighting that all of the nations are the parts of the Humanity Family.

Under these circumstances, the people who believes that Ataturk’s reformations and principles have the creative and enlightening power to solve the social problems of the country, have founded the” Atatürkist Thought Association” as they have felt the responsibility of the fact that the reformation and principle of him should be standing in the future and they need to be helpers and guards of this process.

Founders’ committee- May, the19th 1989