Kunar, a town in Northeastern Afghanistan, is home to more than 2 million Pashtuns. The land is famous for its rich cultural and political history. It has produced people who have influenced generations. One of these personalities is Dr. Kabir Stori, a well known Pashtun nationalist who was a great poet.
Dr Kabir Personal and Political History:
He was born on 6 April 1942 in Khas Kunar. He got his early education from Government elementary school and later moved to Rehman baba lyceum in Kabul. Thus, Dr. Kabir excelled there and was later sent by the Afghan Government on a scholarship to Germany to perceive higher education.
In Germany, apart from education, he also established a political set up by the Pashtun Social Democratic party’s name. The ideology and works of Dr. Kabir Stori have inspired millions of Afghans around the world. He was a true patriot and loved his language very much. In his poetic works, he openly expressed his emotional attachment to his homeland and people. His dream of loy Afghanistan and the unification of Pashtuns has enlightened the thought process of many. It’s said that great people leave behind a great legacy. Apart from the poetry and long political struggle, Dr. Kabir Stori has left behind his son and Gram.
Nasir and Pohyal Stori:
The legacy of Dr. Kabir stori has successfully been preserved by his son Dr. Nasir Stori and now His grandson Pohyal Stori. Pohyal Stori was born on 11 March 1998, a young man with significant accolades. Like his name, which means a knowledgeable star in Pashto, he has lightened the world by his miraculous talents. Pohyal Stori is a self-made man with a passion for computers and the way it works. Start programming at the age of 9; he got an internship in one of the world’s best tech companies. He was even the managing director of his language department. He is fighting the case of his mother tongue, Pashto, in a new and more effective way. Pohyal has done a bachelor’s in computer science and owns several IT companies. He has done things that people of his age can only dream of.
At the age of 16, Pohyal developed a translator by the name of nandara GmbH. The idea behind this was to give an insight into Afghan youth about their language. It works similarly to Google translate or Microsoft bing translate, but it’s algorithms are way more secured against hacking. The system is secured, and your words are deleted right after you leave the page. He has also published Pashto WebFonts and has created an open-source database used by sites like Google and is soon used by Bing.
Pohyal developed this system at the age of 16 years. It helps to ensure that Pashto, his mother tongue, and Afghanistan’s official language is automatically developed further. The system offers unlimited text translations. There is no limit. You can translate as much as you can. You can even translate a whole document with the original format being retained. It can help people save a lot of time.
Pohyal’s political views:
Pohyal Stori is a devoted follower of Manzoor pashteen. Manzoor pashteen, which too is fighting for the rights of Pashtun and preserved their culture and language. Just like the grandfather, Pohyal too wants the unification of Pashtuns. Contrary to many people, he hasn’t abandoned his dream of an independent state for Pashtuns. He is a source of inspiration for Afghans who have been living outside their country. He has lived in a multicultural environment but has still retained and preserved his roots.
Why Pohyal’s struggle is important?
Languages and culture define a nation. The rich the culture and the beautiful the language, the more is the chances of survival of that nation. People like Pohyal Stori are Frontline warriors protecting the true essence of Pashtun culture and language. In today’s world, everything is getting revolutionized. Languages have come out of books and have been uploaded to the digital world. A country like Afghanistan, which has faced 40 years of war, could come back to its true only because of stars like him. The war of survival that he has been fighting is not merely required appreciation but also support.