Reading Past Events

Unfolding the pages of our history, it is full of unfortunate events such as coup, war, fall of the regime, occupation of the country, collapse, reconstruction, and destruction constitute the most frequent parts of our calendar in the last half-century.

We have recently passed the anniversary of the coup of Sardar Dawood Khan, shortly before that we had the anniversary of the coup of the People’s Party against Dawood Khan, in a few days it will be the anniversary of the fall of the Republic, shortly after that it will be the anniversary of the first fall of the Taliban, as the other day will be the anniversary of the withdrawal of the American troops, the other day is the anniversary of the withdrawal of the Soviet troops, just as one day is the anniversary of the British invasion and the occupation of the country, and the other day is the anniversary of regaining independence. The question is: how to face historic events and what lessons we have learnt so far from the timeframe of our history?

We all know that the actors and role-players of historical events are influential figures and groups, and we also know that every historical figure and every history-making group has its supporters and opponents, with a controversial record. Moreover, all historical events in all their length and detail are not available to us or to anyone else, and the narratives that have reached us and usually reach us are neither free of ideological tendencies, nor of ethnic affiliations, political affiliations, or love. and personal grudge.

Analyzes and judgments that are based on incomplete and impure information do not help to understand the past, nor can help us make the right decision about the future, and where feelings and emotions are involved, it is not possible to correctly recognize the error from the right, nor the problem. The result is that instead of rereading history, we turn to reproducing historical fights and grudges, and spend more of our energy praising or condemning historical figures, that lead us to no tangible result, but create gaps and further push us down to sufferings.

Although praising the good performance of the past is good in its place, of course, if they have such a performance, and criticizing them is also necessary where they have made serious mistakes, but putting all our efforts into praising some historical figures, or attacking some others will not provide  and ensure the life facilities, nor is it a tool to untangle the problems of a country, especially if we introduce one as an angel and the other as the devil. All the personalities of the last century of this country are a place of controversy, from Amanullah Khan to Habibullah Kalkani, to Zahir Shah, to Dawood Khan and to Dr. Najibullah. The closer we get to the present, the more heated and emotional the fight over political figures becomes.

In fact, human history has been made by the normal people who were neither angels nor demons, but they were a combination of right and wrong and had a track record mixed with right and wrong deeds. It is necessary to practice keeping an emotional distance between ourselves and the historical subject, to learn the methods of rereading history so that we can reach a logical understanding, not with the goal of putting one down and lifting the other, but to avoid the small and big slips they have made, and taking a path towards the future, away from the shadow and hymen of famous historical figures. Our problems should be our own and belong to our time, not repeating the problems of previous generations and wading in the swamp of fights unrelated to our lives in today’s modern era..