Kim Il Sung: Life for the people

The Russian internet newspaper "Debri-DV" on Tuesday carried an article released by DPRK Chancellery in Khabarovsk as follows:

Old woman giving Kim Il Sung flower bouquet (circa 1960)
Kim Il Sung and an old woman, Joyang Agricultural Co-op, August 29, 1960.

All his life, President Kim Il Sung (April 15, 1912 - July 8, 1994) kept the conviction "to worship the people like heaven." He at an early age, when he had just passed the first decade, embarked on the path of revolution in the name of the Motherland and the people.

Having created the Juche idea that the masses are the masters of the revolution and construction, the driving force of this process, he led from victory to victory the Korean revolution, long and complex, relying on the inexhaustible forces of the masses. He won the fifteen-year-old harsh anti-Japanese armed struggle, rallying the people and relying on his strength, and freed Korea (August 15, 1945).

In the liberated Motherland, he founded the country of democracy, the first in the five-thousand-year-old history of the Korean nation, named both the state and government with the word "people." Workers, peasants and intellectuals were elected to the VNS and began to participate in the discussion and development of state policy. Land reform, the Law on the Equality of Women, the nationalization of the most important industries and other democratic transformations carried out immediately after the liberation of Korea also embodied its desire to make the people the master of the country, the master of society.

He firmly believed in the people and most appreciated his strength, and under his leadership in the Korean War (1950 - 1953), the Korean people inflicted on the United States, bragging about the "strongest" in the world, the first defeat in their history, and erected on ruins in the post-war period a socialist power - a sovereign, independent and capable of self-defense in protecting the country.

President Kim Il Sung considered the people a teacher, an omnipotent being. He often said to workers: there is no stronger and wiser creature in the world than the people; the people have everything - and philosophy, and economics, and culture; if you have something incomprehensible - go to the people and learn from him; in the humble voice of the masses lies the whole truth of this world, in it lies the strategy of the revolution, and the ways to overcome difficulties.

He, always being in the thick of the people, listened to his voice and embodied his aspiration and aspirations in the development of lines and policies. His notebook contained everything: the number of yards and the grain yield of the agricultural cooperative where he visited, the annual production of meat and eggs at the poultry farm, the suggestions of fishermen heard on board the vessel, and the experience of three times plowing the rice paddy field on the field from a tractor driver. These notes later became the basis of the classic works published by him, the lines and policies put forward by him.

During his lifetime, he said that all his ideas, philosophy and politics were born in the midst of the people. The life of Kim Il Sung can be described as a life full of selfless dedication in serving the people. Witnessing this, numerous stories are transmitted, like legends.

It was in the days after the liberation of the country. Kim Il Sung visited the Songjin Steel Mill (at that time) on the east coast of northern Korea. He saw there how the steelworkers smelted steel in a primitive type cupola left by the Japanese imperialists, dangerous to humans. At that time, this cupola was the only one in the country, but he ordered that this shop with a cupola be blown up so that there would be no trace of it, saying that no matter how expensive the steel, the life of the workers could not be exchanged for it. And once he found out that the residents of Osudok village on the northwestern outskirts of the country are suffering from a lack of water. Only two hundred families lived in that village, but he offered to allocate a huge amount of money and do a lot of work for the villagers to irrigate this area with the water of the Amnok River, which flows dozens of kilometers from that village. That is not all.

After the liberation of the country, numerous important questions on building a new society were waiting for their solution, but he considered it his duty to realize the centuries-old aspirations of the Korean people to educate their children enough and put the issue of pencils on the agenda of the first meeting of the Interim People’s Committee of North Korea.

And one more thing: on a wonderful place in the very center of the capital, which has been protected from buildings for decades, he proposed the construction of a magnificent People's Palace of Studies - a large temple to educate workers and students, the whole people. On his advice, the floor of the hall of the well-known Pyongyang maternity hospital was covered with precious stones.

Not to list all the stories telling about his love for the people. All his life he constantly led the affairs of the country on the spot, being in the midst of the people. Wherever he goes, going to the people! If the car was stuck in the mud, then he himself was pushing the car, even despite the spray of mud. Its traces are captured everywhere on Korean soil - and in the face, where water was dripping from the ceiling, and in the virgin lands of the northern highlands, where the wind was raging, and in the rice paddy fields that appeared in the developed coastal shallows, and in a small store in a remote outback.

And in the last days of his life, he, despite his more than 80 years of age, visited the village every now and then so that the people would live a happy life. From the first days after the liberation of Korea to the last days of his life, he managed on-site affairs of over 20 thousand 600 units, and the total length of his business trips is more than 578 thousand km.

The holy appearance of President Kim Il Sung, the dear father and great leader of the people, who has devoted himself entirely to serving the people, will be carefully preserved in the hearts of Korean and all other progressive peoples of the world.

(Debri-DV - April 14, 2020)

*Google AI translate -ed

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