One's personality is both a composition and reflection, but if I have to choose one of them, I will choose reflection as the "self" is more important to me than "me". One's composition may change, walking across the cultural landscapes and climbing the social ladder but one's self is tied to one's reflections. The fun part is that reflections are not bound to "Time-Space" barriers ( it is not time-space) and respective mental constructs, which have grown so thick over ages, that they had reduced the image of humans to Sisyphus, rolling different sizes of boulders on hills of different heights.… As the name of this Blog indicates, knols are my perspectives on topics of interests, sweet/bitter experiences or just doodling :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Misreading the history

Changing impressions of those who claim to be Amirs
The name Afghanistan is synonym with wars, brutality, terrorism, migration, poverty and misery and there might be few very optimistic people who hope for peace in this "country". But, it is not even a news that neither Soviet Union, despite of spending billions and sacrificing hundreds of thousands of lives couldn't bring peace nor US and her allies, after more than a decade of efforts and trying every possible means could bring peace to this "country". It is an image that world has of Afghanistan. If you read what the most prominent Amir in Afghan history wants the world remember as his legacy, it gives a clue that why hoping for peace in Afghanistan has very little chances of survival.

Abdur Rahman Khan, one of the Amirs of Afghanistan has written a book about his life in Farsi and was translated and published in English by name of "The life of Abdur Rahman, amir of Afghanistan; By ʻAbd al-Raḥmān Khān (Amir of Afghanistan)". On the page of 284, when he is taking pride about putting down the wars with Hazaras, he writes,

"....Some of the Hazaras asked to be reappointed in their own country, but I think that the words of the poem appropriately describe the relations between the Hazaras and myself:—

"As long as you remember your son and I remember my tail,

To think of our friendship is an impossible tale."'

It may be said that the Hazara war which has just been described was the last civil war that occurred in Afghanistan, and I earnestly hope that there will be no more danger of civil war in this country, as I believe."....

The Amirs of Afghanistan were believing and still believe that, the only way to restore peace is through terror and subjugation. This has been proved wrong again and again but in words of Abdur Rahman, "As long you remember your son and I remember my tail," to think of peace by co-existence is an impossible tale. I am getting this impression because I don't see any change in the thinking when I read a book of more than a century old and what I read and hear of them now.  If you read the whole book, the sole purpose of the Amir was to wipe all the rivals and opposition to the throne of Kabul and the tactics appear still the same, despite that all other communities of Afghanistan want decentralized democratic government in the "country". And that is why the hope of Amir was a false hope. The Hazara war was not the last civil war. After a century past the Hazara war there is still no peace in Afghanistan and there is no hope for it in near future unless you stop misreading history. 

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