Interviewee ID: 990079
Parent's name: Zagasbaldan
Year of Birth: 1960
Notes on education:
Work: teacher, 'Maksim'
Born in: Sühbaatar sum, Ulaanbaatar aimag
Lives in: Sühbaatar sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: engineer
Father's profession: stastistical economist
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Summary of Interview 090101B with Batjargal
The second interview of Z.Batjargal tells us about her father’s history. Her father was a deputy chief of the Council of Mutual Economic Assistance. He was the chief of the Central State Statistical Department. She talked about the living standard of the people in authority and high-level positions during socialism and how their authority had been implemented. She told about the relatives of her father and what kind of people they were, how her father used to assist them, and the meaning of her father’s name. It’s a name of a rare animal in the Gobi, and that’s why he was given that name Zagasbaldan. She told the story that her grandmother had told her, that in the Gobi children were given not their father’s name but their mother’s name.
Her father used to process the economic data that was included in the reports of Tsedenbal darga. The population of Mongolia was very small therefore there was a constant lack of manpower. It was thought that the lack of personnel would never be resolved therefore the nation could never become an industrial nation but that it was an agricultural one. He always disagreed with the members of the Central Committee of that time on the fulfillment of the five-year plan. He was a scientist more highly qualified than the members of the Politburo therefore he could influence and manage the others with his knowledge and skill.
In 1990 when democracy appeared, her father worked as a deputy chief of the Council of Mutual Economic Assistance. He used to criticize the society, saying that there was really nothing positive in it. At the time of the first democratic demonstrations and the flourishing of various movements in Mongolia her father was in Moscow but she heard some people saying, “There’s Zagasbaldan behind these democratic youth”. Her father supported democracy. He said, “The right youth have come out”.
To Z. Batjargal’s mind her father was a man of science rather than a politician. He played chess well. He adhered to a very strict daily regime and he had a right habit of everyday life. (People used to say L. Tüdev and he were very similar persons about this). But he died of liver cancer in 1991. He died while he still worked as a deputy chief of the Council of Mutual Economic Assistance from 1988-1991. Her father didn’t want to be unemployed, without any activity, without social activity. He was always active, he was in a socially necessary position therefore his daughter always sensed he couldn’t cope without work activity. She said she was content about her father who had passed away at his work place, while he was still needed for the society and not after being retired. She has recalled all the good things about her father. Zagasbaldan guai was doing a very important and complicated work. He was a statesman who had been contributing to Mongolian history.