An absent NPC deputy

An absent NPC deputy
“Without the marker of the motherland, how can we have our cattle and sheep? It is the honor of our family to protect the border for our country!”

“Why are the flowers so red…”

The Xinjai NPC deputy who sang in the video, this year, was absent.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

On March 3, Xinhua News Agency released the following decision of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee on posthumously conferred the title of “Model of the Times” to Comrade Razini Baiqa:

Razini Baika, male, member of the Communist Party of China, Tajik, was born in 1979. He was a member of the village committee and border guard of Tizinapu Village, Tizinapu Township, Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. He enlisted in 2001 and 2003 after retired from military, grandfather and father sticks, become the khunjerab pass border guards patrol duty wizard, guard sacred land, defend the motherland dignity, repeatedly risked his life to rescue soldiers patrol, 10 years traveled to numerous pamirs border line, a three generations of patriotic dedication feat guarding the border, 70 throughout the inside and outside xinjiang, touched countless soldiers and civilians, was awarded the “national model worker”, “national patriotic support for model” and other honorary titles. Since being elected a deputy to the National People’s Congress in 2018, he has faithfully performed his duties, actively made suggestions and suggestions, and worked hard to promote the development and progress of ethnic minority areas. On January 4, 2021, he died heroically to save a child who had fallen into an ice cave. He was only 41 years old.

Razini Baika is a loyal follower of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, especially the important exposition of General Secretary Xi Jinping on ethnic work. He is a firm booster of the Party’s strategy of governing Xinjiang in the new era, and a “Pamir Eagle” for patriotic guard of the border. His dedication to patriotism and defense of China’s border areas, his solid work to promote national unity and progress, and his heroic feat of saving others at the cost of his own life have vividly fulfilled the original mission set out by CPC members in the new era, fully demonstrated the NPC deputies’ devotion to their duties, and clearly demonstrated the loyalty and devotion of retired military personnel. To praise his advanced deeds and lofty spirit, the propaganda department of the central committee of the communist party of China decided that a posthumous pull ‘comrade, depending on the card title of “model”, calls on the whole society especially in border areas, ethnic minority areas, the general party member cadre masses, with a hero model for example, more closely unite around the party central committee with comrade xi as the core, strengthen the consciousness of “four”, firm “four confidence”, “two maintenance”, further cast prison community consciousness of the Chinese nation, which constantly consolidate the great unity of all ethnic groups, for all-round construction of socialism modernization country bureau, a good step up efforts to struggle, We welcomed the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China with outstanding achievements.

An absent NPC deputy

Razini Baika, known as the “Pamir Eagle”. (Photo courtesy of Xinhua News Agency)

Recently, the magazine Party Construction published a newsletter titled “Pamir Eagles Who Will Never Fold Their Wings” — Remembering Razini Baika, a deputy to the National People’s Congress and an outstanding Communist Party member who sacrificed his life to save others.

On January 4, the fourth day of the New Year of 2021, temperatures plummet.

Along with the cold came the terrible news of the death of Razini Baika. Razini Baika is a Tajik border protector in Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang. On this day, he was attending training in Kashgar University, to save a drowning child heroic sacrifice.

A week earlier, he had cheerfully taken to the streets to buy a new national costume. As a deputy to the National People’s Congress, this is in preparation for my trip to Beijing in two months to attend the two sessions. The purpose of participating in the Chinese training at the University of Kashgar is to overcome the language barrier during the two sessions and better perform the duties of deputies to the NPC.

Sadly, this brand new outfit has lost its owner forever…

In December 2017, my colleague Zhao Ruixi and I went to the Hongqirab Border Guard Company of the Xinjiang Military Area Command (XMPLA), which is located at an altitude of 4,300 meters above sea level. We reported on the deeds of the company’s officers and soldiers defending the country’s border areas. We were also deeply moved by the feat of three generations of the company’s border guard Razini Baika and his family.

I went through the pages of my notes from an interview with Razini Baika four years ago and was plunged into deep grief. Razini Baika, known as the “Pamir Eagle”, the yak-backed, Tajik felt hat, the swarthy side guard with a simple smile on his dark face, came back to me again and again, and tears blurred my eyes…


Hero, return home

Due to the epidemic, I can only interview by video.

As the mother of one of the rescued children, Chen Xiaoqin has not yet recovered from her grief. It happened all of a sudden. It was midday on January 4, and the wind was biting. Chen Xiaoqin, a teacher at the Chinese Language Institute of Kashgar University, plays with her 8-year-old son by the artificial lake on the campus. The ice suddenly collapsed, and the son fell into more than four meters of ice water. Desperate to save my son! Chen Xiaoqin rushed to pull her son, but he too fell into the water.

“Help! Help!” Razini Baika and his roommate Mushajiang Nurdun, who were passing by, heard the cries for help and ran to the lake. The child was seen sinking and floating in the cold lake, in critical condition. Without hesitation, Razini Baika was the first to hit the ice and make a beeline for the water. As he reached for the child, the ice gave way again, plunging Razini Baika into the water.


The icy water quickly soaked Razini Baika’s thick padded coat, sapping his energy. As he flapped the water, he grabbed the child’s clothes and struggled to lift them up.

Musajeung Nurdun brought his long scarf and joined Razini Baika in the rescue. When Musajiang Nurdun could not pull the two men, Razini Baika let go of her hand and forced the child out of the ice. Later, he dived into the lake to save the child’s mother. At this time, Kashgar area fire rescue detachment century Avenue Special Service Station squad leader Yang Pengfei and his comrades came to hear the news, Chen Xiaoqin and the children were saved, Razini Baika has closed his eyes forever……

In the Pamirs, Razini Baika’s wife is feeding the yaks at home. “Before he went to Kashgar for training, he was training the family’s four yaks,” she tearfully recalls in the video. “He said that when the yaks were trained, the family would have five yaks to take part in side patrol tasks.” “I don’t want to talk about it,” she said, ending the video call. “It hurts so much…”

In the video, Chen Xiaoqin, the mother of the rescued child, wept before saying anything. On January 5, after leaving the hospital’s intensive care unit, she left her hospitalized children and headed for Razini Baika’s hometown, Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County. She was going to see her child’s savior off for the last time.

The car went on for six hours without stopping to reach its destination. Chen Xiaoqin held Razini Baika’s two children in her arms, crying in a huddle. In the evening, the two children came to her hotel. They had not slept at all since the news of their father’s death. Chen Xiaoqin let the brother and sister lie down on the bed and listen to them quietly.

“My father has taken me to Beijing, but my sister hasn’t…” said an 11-year-old boy named Ladelle.

“He died to save a human being,” said 13-year-old Dorhan. “He is my hero. Although I miss Dad, I haven’t been to Beijing, but I don’t blame him…”

Looking at the two fatherless children, Chen Xiaoqin wiped her tears while thinking that she would take them home and care for them like her own children. When the outbreak is over, she will take Dorhan to Beijing to help her realize her wish…

“The hero gave life to my children, and I will give love to his children.” In the video, Chen Xiaoqin said, tears flow down again…

On the afternoon of January 5, a farewell ceremony was held for Razini Baika’s body in his home village of Tizinab. The people stood in silence to see him off for the last time. Sadness and reluctance linger in everyone’s mind.

After seeing off his son, Razini Baika’s father, Baika Kalidbek, who is in his late 70s, wept silently as he walked slowly into the gallery displaying photos and certificates of honor of three generations of the family’s side guard. He picked up his son’s photo and looked at it again, rubbed it again, looked at it carefully, touched it gently, and shook his body from time to time…

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