Today we are going to discuss one of the books about Afghanistan. It is Revolutionary Afghanistan. The name of the author is Beverley Male. It had been published in 1982. This book is useful for the people who want to know about 1978 revolution in Afghanistan. The author has also described about the soviet invasion of Afghanistan after this revolution.
A brief introduction of Revolutionary Afghanistan
Afghan Saur Revolution of 27th April was one of the defining moments of modern history, which set the course of future events. Regardless of what the capitalist media say about this event, it was a turning point in the history of Afghanistan. For the first time a revolutionary government was established in Afghanistan, which committed itself to the establishment of an egalitarian society void of economic inequality, gender discrimination, backwardness and poverty.
Beverley Male in this masterpiece of her, traces back the origins of the PDPA (Peoples’ Democratic Party of Afghanistan), the party which carried out the April 27th revolution. She briefly encompasses the pre-1978 history of Afghanistan and throws light on the pre-revolutionary economic, political, social and cultural situation of Afghanistan. She also brings out the reasons for the split in the PDPA shortly after its establishment in January 1965. The split which gave birth to two contending factions, namely, Khalq (People) and the Parcham (Flag).
The Khalq faction was formally led by Nur Mohammad Taraki, also the founding member of the PDPA. Another leader of PDPA who, albeit, was not among the founding members of the party but who played the most important work of the party in the Afghan army, was none other than Hafizullah Amin. And it is Hafizullah Amin around whom the present book revolves. Beverley Male through historical facts proves that it was basically Hafizullah Amin, who organized the successful April revolution of 1978.
The Parcham faction was led by Babrak Karmal. He and his colleagues relied more on Soviet Union for carrying out a socioeconomic change than his Khalq counterparts. In fact, the Parchamites had never envisaged a revolution of the kind of April 27. But once the Khalq faction overthrew the Daoud regime, the Parchamites, though part of the government, started to undermine the new revolutionary government culminating in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Where to get Revolutionary Afghanistan ?
We have seen this book on Scribd. You can read it there. If you want to read it in paperback, then the link is below.