The Council of State’s decision on the Student Oath has no rationality as Turkey is no longer the “old Turkey.”
In Turkey today while on the one hand there is no actual problem with the country’s republican character, on the other hand, certain secularist circles aggressively disregard its additional and necessary democracy component.
In terms of the Student Oath in Turkey, we need to question why the judiciary is still acting in an entrenched (Kemalist) ideological way.
Is the judiciary in Turkey trying to come back as a force guarding the old Kemalist regime?
By refusing the native-national politics proposed by the AK Party, the opposition fails to present its own political project.
By selecting Muharrem Ince as the CHP’s presidential candidate, leader of the party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, has re-emphasized that his aim is not to win the election, but to destroy the political career of Ince’s, while securing his own.
Over the course of the past seven years, Kilicdaroglu’s CHP differed from former party leader Deniz Baykal’s CHP in this aspect: “What is social democracy? Kemalism is over, long live opportunism!”
“Following the momentum of economic and political liberalization in Turkey, and as the realm of politics gained relative autonomy from the state, it became apparent that the secular-nationalist identity was insufficient to bring society into unity.”
Will CHP be able to break the vicious cycle, contribute to democracy, find solutions to problems and inspire hope in the public? I truly hope so, but it’s a tough challenge for the CHP.
Politics is about not just concrete policies but also discourse. Sometimes, discourse defines policy. Other times, policy generates the content …