Interviewee ID: 990170
Parent's name: Pagma
Ovog: Zul Eh
Year of Birth: 1937
Notes on education: economist
Born in: [None Given] sum, Ulaanbaatar aimag
Lives in: [None Given] sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: master pastry chef
Father's profession: pastry chef
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Summary of Interview 090417A with Nergui by Buyandelger
In the socialist period we would always hear about doctor Nergui, Nergui of the Planning Commission because he was one of the best economists of that time. I recall vividly there was the 13th elementary school close to Chandmani center, to the northeast of the Tengis cinema. He graduated that school in 1950 but he actually completed two elementary schools. In 1946 when he first went to school, he attended a Mongolian elementary school from 9 in the morning and from 2 pm to 5 pm he attended a Chinese school and he graduated from there. Ten schoolchildren of that school entered the 5th secondary school and graduated in 1956. Then they studied at the Economic Institute in Moscow. Many of those who graduated from this school later became the best economists and were appointed to high-level positions in the party and state. For instance, there were well known economists like the former Second Secretary of the Party Central Committee Tsend (who was repressed and exiled to Tosontsengel in Zavhan aimag. Tosontsengel is one of the coldest parts of our country), Saldan – the darga of the foreign economic relations committee, Damdin, Dashdondog, Tsagaanhüü. While conducting the interview I had a feeling and a thought involuntarily came into my mind that Doctor Nergui’s theoretical and practical knowledge possibly was superior to the others. Presumably, he has been unveiling the truth by telling the fact that Mongolia has become a nation that supplied goods to the Soviet Union. Especially after democracy, he also wrote many publications and books about Erdenet (the large copper mine) about how Mongolia incurred losses. There were few people with the courage in the socialist period to speak out about this. If a fearless person with a heart for the sake of the nation said something, he was immediately convicted by any means and his life would be destroyed for two or three generations. The latest example is the former secretary of the Central Committee Tömör-Ochir, Tsend, Jalanaajav, and the so called Intellectual's Deviation, Loohuuz, Surmaajav and we can mention many other people. This repression didn’t go around the great scientific doctor with a patriotic view Nergui, but he has been through it. The readers will find out from this interview how he was dismissed from his work and appointed to a poorly-paid job. His relatives who had high education and worked at quite highly-placed jobs were all dismissed from work. In such a way they had been victimized. They always write that repression began in 1921 and ended in 1960. Hasn’t repression been in various forms till 1990? Only the historians and the political analysts would presumably find the truth and speak their words. I hope they would study it carefully and leave books and publications on it in order not to reiterate that repression. The god father of the Mongolian Free Press is indubitably Dashdondov. Then, isn’t Pagamyn Nergui the god father of the democratic revolution? His family used to be the central headquarters of the revolutionaries of that time, and he himself processed and prepared all the theoretical and strategic documents. He talked a little about this. Regretfully, not a single person among the democrats mentions it. History should be preserved in its truth for the next generation. Don’t pay attention to his origin, but his burning heart for the sake of All Mongolia, his great intellectual capacity should have been used. The loss of many potential intellectual people had its impact on underdevelopment. When you read the interview of doctor Nergui you’ll find a fabulous method of combining theory and practice. In other words, his interview has become a splendid political and economic report. In order to introduce theory into practice, there are two things that go together and they are the method and the methodology. You’ll find out that the method and the methodology are concealed in three things.