Surprising 1960’s Afghanistan – Pictures Rows

Afghanistan is lost somewhere because it was not as it appears today. In this article, We are going to share that Afghanistan was normal developing before Taliban, where girls were not only going to school but they were also wearing Modern dresses, infrastructure was being built, Afghanistan was a living society before Taliban. let’s see Surprising 1960’s Afghanistan..

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Professor Bill Podlich from Arizona took a series of photographs in 1967 while living and working in Afghanistan with his family – his wife and two daughters. The stunning photographs of Afghanistan in the 1960s are so different from images of a war-torn state that they seem to be two different countries. Dr. Bill Podlich filmed with his way. In his photographs, Afghanistan appears before us as a calm and peaceful country, which will soon be destroyed by the Taliban regime.

Professor Bill Bodlesh's two daughters, Jane and Paige

Professor Bill Bodlesh’s two daughters, Jane and Paige at Pagman Gardens, once one of Kabul’s most popular vacation destinations. The gardens were completely destroyed during the war.


Girls was like boys

Afghan schoolgirls is returning to home
Afghan schoolgirls is returning to home

Yes girls were considered as not equal as boys but In 60s Afghanistan Girls were somewhere like boys in many sense, girls could go to school and wear school uniforms, they could go to universities. Women rarely wear burqas in big cities.

Now, In Afghanistan, women must wear burqa, appear only with their husbands or relatives, female education is not encouraged.


Happy busy life of Normal People

happy people of Afghanistan in 60s

Very happy people gathered in heavy vehicles, which were used as terraces.

afghani Men at a picnic drink tea and listen to music.
Men at a picnic drink tea and listen to music
Afghanis nomads rest in shades
Afghanis nomads rest in shades

The men rest in the shade. in this picture you can see the settlement, which has been a center for ceramic art for centuries.


Oh..Girls could roam, wear skirt too

girls can roam in Afghanistan
Sisters holding hands, Kabul
One of the professor's daughters at the local Elastalf market
One of the professor’s daughters at the local Elastalf market

According to One of the professor’s daughters at the local Elastalf market was one of the most beautiful places in the country. The city was badly treated and destroyed during the war.


Girls could study

Afghani girls in school
During a lesson at an American international school in Kabul, the professor’s daughters attended

In 60s, Afghanistani girl could study. some of big cities in Afghanistan like Kabul, there were co-education with girls. This is really surprising fact when you see todays ruined Afghanistan.

So, You can predict that why Malala Yusuf jai shot when she tried to go school. In this picture shows and prove this.


Daily life was good and normal in Afghanistan

normal Afghani life in 1960s
Queue at the gas station
The Afghani  boy decorates the cakes
The boy decorates the cakes
People swim in the Kabul River
People swim in the Kabul River
A man prepares a sweet dessert jalebi over an open fire
A man prepares a sweet dessert jalebi over an open fire
Schoolchildren are dancing on the playground
Schoolchildren are dancing on the playground
Young Afghans return home. In the background there is an amazing landscape.
Young Afghans return home. In the background there is an amazing landscape
Afghan teacher
Afghan teacher
Afghani school
This school does not exist anymore

Parking in front of the American International School in Kabul, where Professor Podlesh’s daughters studied. The school does not exist anymore.

ne of the professor's daughters is Peg
One of the professor’s daughters is Peg
Students of the teacher training college in Kabul
Students of the teacher training college in Kabul
During a chemistry lesson
During a chemistry lesson
During road repair
During road repair
On a bus from Kabul to Peshawar, Pakistan
On a bus from Kabul to Peshawar, Pakistan

But history destroyed.. Intolerance started

old mosque in Afghanistan

Besides all 60s era was enough good for this country to progress well. But extremist mindset starting to capture the society after USSR invasion in Afghanistan. This was a complete geo political scene but Afgan society directly or indirectly accept those primitives mindset which led country back .

The famous incident of “Shah Do Shamsheer (Master of Swords)” Mosque in Kabul. It was near a mosque in 2015, a crowd executed 27-year-old Feranda Malikzadeh without trial after argument with a charm dealer accusing the woman of burning the Qur’an. This case showed the real situation of women’s rights in Afghanistan.

Destroyed Buddha statues in the Bamiyan Valley
Destroyed Buddha statues in the Bamiyan Valley

All that remains of the Buddha statues in the Bamiyan Valley, which was built in the 6th century AD. In 2001, the Taliban destroyed both statues.


Pseudo Religious saviors, Bad law

Law and progressive minds could save Afghanistan but unfortunately this did not happened. pseudo religious saviors raised who spread superstition, hate, fear, lies & mis-faith so that people mind could be controlled, Women’s right destroyed badly, brutalities started to be normal, Science declined and refused and corruptions help to ruins all.

Afghan army parade in Kabul
Afghan army parade in Kabul
The Salang Tunnel Afghanistan
The Salang Tunnel

The Salang Tunnel, connecting the northern and southern parts of the country, was built by Soviet specialists in 1964 under the uninterrupted passage of Salang.


About the author

Ankita is German Scholar and UPSC Civil Services exams aspirant. She is a blogger too. you can connect her to Instagram or other social Platform.

Professor’s picture showing that a country can be easily ruined by bad governments, corruption, spreading lies and pseudo religious sentiments whose only work to control people for power. amazing Pics and lessons, Isn’t it ?


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