Can Yunus Emre Square Be Built in Karaman?
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a circular, announcing that 2021 will be considered 'Our Yunus' and 'Turkish' year .
Until today, Eskişehir has been the address of the official celebrations of Yunus Emre. After UNESCO's decision to declare 2021 as Yunus Emre Memorial Year, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism chose Eskişehir again as the epicenter for these celebrations.
In my article titled "Karaman's Yunus Emre Exam" drew attention to the situation, and I stated that a delegation headed by Serdar Çam, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, held a meeting at the Eskişehir Governorship Yunus Emre Meeting Hall.
The following names were among the attendees of this meeting:
Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism. Dr. Serdar Çam (TİKA former President), Governor Erol Ayyıldız, Yunus Emre Institute President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş, Head of Turkish Historical Society. Prof. Dr. Bilal Çetin, TİKA Head. V. Serdar Kayalar, Head of Turks Abroad and Related Communities. Abdullah Eren, Deputy Governor Akın Ağca, Mihalıççık District Governor Mehmet Anıl Çolak, Head of Mihalıççık Municipality. Haydar Çorum, A.Ü. Vice Rector. Fatih Temizel, ESOGÜ Vice Rector. Kamil Çolak, Head of Yunus Emre Culture, Art and Tourism Foundation. V. İzzet Atik, Provincial Mufti Bekir Need, Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism. V. Mustafa Ünal and Provincial Directorate of National Education. Hakan Cırıt.
The number of articles I wrote about the year of Yunus Emre on karamandan.com was eleven, however. When I read the Presidential circular before publishing this article, This is it. Whoever or whoever is the mastermind or architects of this circular should kiss them on their foreheads. The Circular will come to cultural barrenness like fertile spring rain ” I said.
Again, according to the circular, I am glad that important projects are taken under the auspices of the Presidency, while the events are under the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Saying "The grave of Yunus Emre is in Karaman" did not bring Karaman. When we look back, we see this in concrete form. Unaware of the monumental tomb, museum, and complex in Sarıköy, without hearing the activities performed by Eskişehir on behalf of Yunus Emre, unknowingly saying that Yunus is from Karaman, unfortunately, it was time to realize that it was not helpful. The circular also solved this situation. "Our Yunus" , saying, predicted to spread to Turkey, Yunus Emre surface. In a way, an inter-provincial Yunus Emre competition has been opened.
I will share my views and suggestions on Turkish in later articles. I want to continue with Yunus Emre for a few more days.
Karaman should celebrate the 2021 Yunus Emre Memorial Year with such full and beautiful events that the eyes want to see this ancient city, and the love of this ancient city is green in the hearts. May the year of Yunus Emre be the first step of cultural and social activities and moral strength in Karaman.