Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990144
Name: Gombosüren
Parent's name: Tsedendagva
Ovog: Buniihan
Sex: m
Year of Birth: 1947
Ethnicity: Halh

Additional Information
Education: higher
Notes on education: PhD
Work: MUIS Philosophy department head
Belief: Buddhist
Born in: Hairhanduulan sum, Övörhangai aimag
Lives in: Sühbaatar sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder

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Summary of Interview 090309A with Gombosüren

Ts .Gombosüren guai was born in 1947 and at that time the population registration wasn’t so good. His father resided in the monastery of Uyanga sum of Övörhangai aimag and then he became lay and got married. At that time many lamas, fearing repression, got married and became secular. There are eight children in the family but Gombosüren guai together with his older brother sought education and schooling, and the rest stayed with the cattle in the countryside.

In the dormitory [of the school] the children were kind of hungry and they assisted the cooks to get some pancakes and cookies from them. The cooks also gave them the surplus food.

In 1966 when he became a student, the first building of the MNU was put into use and the students had the opportunity to study in the classrooms and read books, leaving the rooms vacant. The classes began at 9 in the morning and the duration of a lesson was 110 minutes. They finished at about 5 pm and then they had cultural schooling like aesthetics and morals classes. Once a month they had a general lecture, and on Saturdays 30 minutes before the classes there were political discussions.

The lectures of Tömör-Ochir were prohibited at that time and almost no one could find and read them.

In 1971 he defended his diploma work on formal logics and started to teach at the MNU. Due to a lack of teachers he taught the students even mathematical logic. Gombosüren guai entered the Moscow Social Science Academy through the Central party channel in 1977. He studied there for three years and defended his doctoral degree. If the capitalist philosophy wasn’t criticized as atrocious, it wasn’t published in the press and wasn't talked about then. When writing a book, the theory which didn’t fit Marx and Engels's template had to be said to be wrong. Later from 1989-1990 this became milder.

Gombosüren guai has published four books from 1990 and now he is doing research to author a work on issues of life philosophy. There are still people who can’t get rid of the Marxist ideology and who create their work and criticize from that point of view. “In fact, we have to read many things in order to philosophize. Sometimes we don’t read books and don’t get introduced to this philosophy and what we write we proclaim it a philosophy,” said Gombosüren guai.

We Mongolians have an extremist tendency either to slander someone until the grave or praise them and make a cult and idolize him.