Kazakhstan Now Qazaqstan
Kazakhstan’s president has suggested changing the country’s name, by removing the “stan” at the end.
Is the name of country being changed for first time
This is actually the third time that the country’s alphabet has been changed in a century. Until the 1920s, Kazakh, a Turkic language, was written with Arabic script. Then, the occupying Soviet Union briefly changed it to Latin, and then to Cyrillic in the 1940s.
Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the ethnic Russian population of Kazakhstan has been rapidly declining while the government has been working to promote a distinctively Kazakh ethnic identity.
Justification for this change
In 2014, the year of the annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin paid Nazarbayev a backhanded compliment by saying he should be praised for having “created a state on a territory where there was never a state.”
the new switch is ease of use with digital devices: Cyrillic’s 42 characters can be tough to shoehorn onto keyboards designed with the Latin Alphabet in mind.
The name of our country has the ending ‘stan,’ as do the other states of Central Asia,” he said Thursday. “At the same time, foreigners show interest in Mongolia, whose population is just 2 million people, and its name lacks the suffix ‘stan.’
Nazarbayev’s suggestion, “Kazak Yeli,” means “country of the Kazakhs,” and would be designed to drop the “stan” suffix that is also attached to investor-unfriendly Afghanistan and Pakistan.