POLITICIAN

Babrak Karmal

1929 - 1996

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Babrak Karmal (Dari/Pashto ببرک کارمل, born Sultan Hussein; 6 January 1929 – 1 or 3 December 1996) was an Afghan revolutionary and politician who was the leader of Afghanistan, serving in the post of General Secretary of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan for seven years. Born in Kabul Province into a Tajikized family of Kashmiri origin, Karmal attended Kabul University and developed openly leftist views there, having been introduced to Marxism by Mir Akbar Khyber during his imprisonment for activities deemed too radical by the government. He became a founding member of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) and eventually became the leader of the Parcham faction when the PDPA split in 1967, with their ideological nemesis being the Khalq faction. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Babrak Karmal has received more than 610,286 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Babrak Karmal is the 1,981st most popular politician (up from 2,188th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Afghanistan (up from 17th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Afghan Politician.

Babrak Karmal was most famous for his role in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.

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Among POLITICIANS

Among politicians, Babrak Karmal ranks 1,981 out of 15,710Before him are François Darlan, Taichang Emperor, Richard II, Duke of Normandy, King Wen of Zhou, Austen Chamberlain, and Maria Luisa of Spain. After him are Charles III, Duke of Bourbon, Alfonso the Battler, Bimbisara, Amenemhat I, Lazare Carnot, and Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1929, Babrak Karmal ranks 37Before him are Djalma Santos, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Francis Gary Powers, and Murray Gell-Mann. After him are John Cassavetes, Bill Evans, James Last, Rudolf Mössbauer, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Chespirito. Among people deceased in 1996, Babrak Karmal ranks 19Before him are Frank Whittle, Dzhokhar Dudayev, Paul Erdős, Gene Kelly, Sergiu Celibidache, and Adolf Galland. After him are Tadeusz Reichstein, Silvio Piola, Artur Axmann, Odysseas Elytis, Magda Schneider, and Solomon Asch.

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In Afghanistan

Among people born in Afghanistan, Babrak Karmal ranks 15 out of 108Before him are Mohammed Zahir Shah (1914), Hafizullah Amin (1929), Mahmud of Ghazni (971), Ahmad Shah Massoud (1953), Burhanuddin Rabbani (1940), and Mohammed Daoud Khan (1909). After him are Nur Muhammad Taraki (1917), Amanullah Khan (1892), Kamāl ud-Dīn Behzād (1450), Ahmad Shah Durrani (1722), Alp-Tegin (963), and Abu Maʿshar (787).

Among POLITICIANS In Afghanistan

Among politicians born in Afghanistan, Babrak Karmal ranks 10Before him are Mohammed Zahir Shah (1914), Hafizullah Amin (1929), Mahmud of Ghazni (971), Ahmad Shah Massoud (1953), Burhanuddin Rabbani (1940), and Mohammed Daoud Khan (1909). After him are Nur Muhammad Taraki (1917), Amanullah Khan (1892), Ahmad Shah Durrani (1722), Alp-Tegin (963), Sultan Husayn Bayqara (1438), and Habibullāh Kalakāni (1890).