Rebuttal and Counter-riposte

 Ontario, 8 September 2018

Since day one, we have furnished readers with generous amount of space to have their say, even if we disagreed with their views. In addition to the comments section, we have given readers the opportunity to say whether they liked/disliked an article and give one to five stars. Reader reaction is published as soon as possible. Incidentally, Keghart.com editorials are group efforts and no single person is responsible for them.

Keghart.com’s categorical response to Mr. Krikor Khodanian's letter:

1) You chastise us for referring to the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party (SDHP) as "Hnchags". For more than a century "Hnchag" has been the accepted abbreviation of SDHP. Contrary to what you assume, we showed no disrespect by referring to the party as Hnchags. In the United States, where you reside, the Republican Party is known as GOP. In Canada, the Conservative Party is referred to as "the Conservatives" and the New Democratic Party as the NDP. By the way, it's incorrect, as you have done–to call the party "Hnchakian". The party was founded by Western Armenians. Thus the name is "Hnchagian" and not "Hnchakian" as Armenians of Armenia might say.

2) It's interesting that you suggest we might have a "hidden agenda". A number of readers who support the Armenian Revolutionary Federation also accused us in writing of the same furtive intent.

 Ontario, 8 September 2018

Since day one, we have furnished readers with generous amount of space to have their say, even if we disagreed with their views. In addition to the comments section, we have given readers the opportunity to say whether they liked/disliked an article and give one to five stars. Reader reaction is published as soon as possible. Incidentally, Keghart.com editorials are group efforts and no single person is responsible for them.

Keghart.com’s categorical response to Mr. Krikor Khodanian's letter:

1) You chastise us for referring to the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party (SDHP) as "Hnchags". For more than a century "Hnchag" has been the accepted abbreviation of SDHP. Contrary to what you assume, we showed no disrespect by referring to the party as Hnchags. In the United States, where you reside, the Republican Party is known as GOP. In Canada, the Conservative Party is referred to as "the Conservatives" and the New Democratic Party as the NDP. By the way, it's incorrect, as you have done–to call the party "Hnchakian". The party was founded by Western Armenians. Thus the name is "Hnchagian" and not "Hnchakian" as Armenians of Armenia might say.

2) It's interesting that you suggest we might have a "hidden agenda". A number of readers who support the Armenian Revolutionary Federation also accused us in writing of the same furtive intent.

3) To say that the "SDHP is not accustomed to publishing a list of its activities…" is a cop out. As a public organization you're expected to tell the public of your programs, efforts, successes, and failures. The SDHP is not a cryptic organization such as the Rosicrucians or the Freemasons.

4) To say that the SDHP has chapters in the Middle East, Europe, South America, Australia, and the United States is a meaningless statement unless the reader is told of the number of members the party has. A chapter can have one member and the SDHP flag and claim that it exists. Incidentally, we know of (unfortunately) chapters which are no more than social clubs with nil activity with perhaps an annual picnic. The last time the Hnchagian flag was prominently raised in Toronto was in 2009 at the public gathering against the Protocols at the ARF-owned Armenian Community Centre. Keghart.com estimated that there were 500 people present from all parties, but according to one non-Hnchag party leader double that amount attended the protest.

5) You list a slew of cultural, educational, athletic, and political associations and "units". How many members do they have? What cultural, educational, athletic, and political activities have they had in recent years?  

6) You say your rallies are attended by thousands of people. Where? When? On what occasions?

7) You mention that you have founded the Armenian Council of America and its sister organization Armenian Council of Europe. What have they done in recent years? We know of "companies" which are single-person efforts with a letterhead.

8) Your claim that the SDHP is the only Diaspora political party which opposed the Kocharian-Sargsyan regime is not accurate.

9) You say that the SDHP has "contributed extensively in shaping Armenian public opinion against the Kocharian-Sargsyan regime". That's hyperbole.

10) You say that the SDHP is the only Diaspora party which has established relations with progressive organizations and intellectuals in Turkey. This is inaccurate because at least one of Diaspora's traditional political parties (the ARF) has had relations with Turkish progressives for a number of years. In addition, the Paris-based National Congress of Western Armenians has had numerous visits to Turkey and contacts with a variety of Turkish groups and intellectuals.

11) You cite SDHP activities in Lebanon. While they sound impressive, Lebanon is a special case.  It cannot be considered a typical diaspora community. Keghart.com is primarily circulated to readers of North American addressing their issues.

12) We are proud to hear about the participation of Hnchag members in the heroic Artsakh struggle and we mourn our casualties.

13) Keghart.com is accused of being "disingenuous". Disingenuous means to pretend that one knows less about something than one really does. There is nothing disingenuous in the editorial. We said what we know, what we believe.

As far as the SDHP is concerned, the main point of the editorial was that if the SDHP and the Ramgavars didn't get their act together, they would soon become irrelevant. That would leave the ARF as the sole official voice of the Diaspora. That's a projection which would be disastrous because it would mean a monopoly of opinion. I'm sure you agree that such a scenario would be undemocratic and detrimental to our nation.

Respectfully,

Team Keghart.com

7 comments
  1. Bye Bye

    Keghart.com has become a vile middle-school playground. Why am I even on here? What a waste of time… 

    Oh and before you Counter-riposte me; I've got your response ready:

    "NA NA NA NA NAAAA NA"… 

    1. National Interests must supersede Parties’ Interests

      Dear  AA.  Keghart.com is a non-partisan website devoted to Armeniam Communities. Their  Doctrine is Openness (not  KC)  They always  think, National interests supersede  individual, relegious and  Political  Party interests.  They are not scared to be  criticize and they don't advocate  blind obedience, secrecy  and monopoly  of patriotism.

    2. The song

      AA,
      One of the smartest things you did this year was to sign "AA" for your letter which had the eloquent "NA NA NA, NA, NAAAAA…." comment. I hope you are sufficiently self-aware to be embarrassed by your infantile comment.

  2. Aged and New parties

    I agree with the editor. The Armenian parties are disconected from reality and  their isolated leaders are unaware about  the majority of Armenian people's opinion.  If  they  want to find the truth, they can take a survey or get in contact with the people and  learn how they think about  the parties. The old are aged and the new ones are corrupt.

    Cleaning Houses in our  parties  is  a necessity.  All parties lost ground among the Armenian Masses. In general their path is towards irrelevancy  and eventual  extinction, because of the way they operate. They must Evolve or Dissolve.

    1. Evolve or Dissolve

      The Hnchag, Tashnag, and Ramgavar parties are from us and for us. One does not need to be a rocket scientist to know that if the young are not interested to join their ranks, surely they will not evolve and they will fade away.  Fortunately, there have always been some who have joined and continue to join.

      It has become a cliche' to claim that the parties have lost touch with the overwhelming Diaspora majority. What exactly has the overwhelming Armenian Diaspora wanted that these parties have not been aware of and have not tried to meet the demand to the best of their ability?

      Would readers cite a few examples?
       

  3. How important is it

    How important is it for us to waist our time on such stupid issues! When we will grow up?

  4. For the record

    For the record, it is a well acknowledged fact that the Social-Democrat Hunchakian Party was founded by a group of Eastern (and not Western) Armenian students in Geneva in 1887. It is equally well known that the name of the party was derived from its organ, Հնչակ, whichwas the Armenian translation of the name of Alexander Herzen's Kolokol (Bell). (No Western Armenian student was acquainted with Russian socialism or the Russian language at the time.) Moreover, the language of the first issues of Հնչակ is entirely Eastern Armenian (see tert.nla.am). Therefore, there is no particular reason to spell the name with "g."   

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