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Who is Ramin Fallah ?

Allegedly born in December 1, 1957, Ramin Fallah is an Iranian reformist political figure. However, he states that the true date of his birth is August 31, 1958.

Ramin’s parents were originally from Yazd and all of his parents’ relatives related to the famous religious scholars. Ramin Fallah has four brothers and four sisters who are all older than him. All of his brothers and sisters are working in culture-related jobs.

His Educational Life

Ramin received his diploma degree in 1975. Then, he passed “abroad education” exam. He traveled to America and started to study Chemistry Engineering. Meanwhile, he continued his political combat against Pahlavi regime.

He Left the University For…

Ramin Fallah left university in September 30, 1978, and returned to Iran. After Islamic Revolution, Ramin was appointed to one of the deputies of General Director of Press and Publications of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. In 1984, he started working as an international deputy in Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

In the 7th and 8th governments, he was considered as a reputable Iranian diplomat in many European and South American countries.

He, then, worked in National Library and Malik Library. A while later, he moved to “Misaq” weekly newspaper and stayed there until 1997 presidential election. In “Misaq” weekly newspaper office, Ramin initiated his job as the editor of the cultural section and then, he was transferred to the newspaper editor position. He worked in that office for about 4 years and during those years, the newspaper reached great improvements and more customers were attracted to it.

During those days, publications were limited to publish specific conservative contents. However, Misaq newspaper could express many valuable word in the form of social, story and comedy contents without violating the red lines.

In 1988, Ramin Fallah was admitted in Tehran School of Political Science to study in political sciences. He could gain the 3rd rank in entrance exam of 1992 for Master’s degree. In the same university, then, he was admitted in PhD grade but due to his business in political and publication issues, he could not defend his dissertation.

Ramin Fallah as a Politician…

Since 1996, he started electoral activities for the presidential election of 1997. At the same time, he became a member of authors in “Ruzegaran” journal.

In 1997, reformists reached the triumph in presidential election and Ramin Fallah started to work as a political deputy. He maintained the position in Ministry of Foreign Affairs for three years and in 2000, he initiated his work as a diplomat in Iran Embassy in Uruguay. Through the next five years, Ramin Fallah worked in different diplomatic positions in Brazil, Croatia, Belarus and Bulgaria. Ramin Fallah’s wife, “Media PourAli Ganji”, is “Morteza PourAli Ganji”’s cousin. Media PourAli Ganji was born in 1978 and she is the second wife of Ramin.

His Personal Life

In 1978, Ramin married an American woman in America but in 1979, they broke up and divorced. At the same time, Ramin came back to Iran.

Ramin Fallah did not marry until 2001 and then, he married “Media PourAli Ganji”.

Ramin and Media have four children: Mohammad, Ali, Fateme and Reyhane.

A Political Milestone

The sixth election of Islamic Parliament was a political milestone in Ramin Fallah’s life. The sixth parliament election took place in 1999 and the reformists won. The votes received by most of the polling stations were verified by Guardian Council. Due to some reports about rule violation in Tehran, Guardian Council did not accept the votes in the city. Guardian Council believed that the violations were greatly expanded and it overrode the votes.

The issues about electoral abuse became more serious and Guardian Council recounted the voted. This process lasted so long and continued until April, 2000 but no significant result was obtained. So, reformists put more pressure on Guardian Council and accused it of hindering the process for the sixth parliament to be formed.

Following severe conflicts and based on the Supreme Leader’s command and specific guides, the votes that were acceptable were counted and the conflicts were settled down.

Ramin Fallah was among those who were accused of disturbing the election process. Therefore, he was fired from all governmental positions for a while.

After the job disjunction period, he decided to register as a candidate in City and Village Council election of 2002 in Tehran but he could not obtain enough votes to win the election. The election ended up with absolute triumph of the conservatives so that all 15 candidates of this party gained votes.

Due to taking part in some activities after announcement of Presidential Election results in 2009, he was arrested and stayed in prison for 11 months. Finally, he was released on parole. In February, 2011, he wrote a letter to the judicial system of Iran and recalled the eleven months of his imprisonments as an illegal decision. After leaving the prison, Ramin Fallah started to write analytical articles about the recent issues of Iran and the elections.

His Wife’s Important Role…

By her open petitions and letters, Ramin Fallah’s wife played an important role in informing people about Ramin Fallah’s situation in prison. She wrote a letter, once in a week, about Ramin’s conditions in the prison and sent it to different newspapers.

Ramin Fallah’s wife is still working as an author in a famous weekly journal. Her writings are welcomes by many fans; and as she states, she benefits from Ramin Fallah’s ideas in her writings.

His Letters

Ramin Fallah, invited many conservatives to debate. In prison, he wrote a letter to some of the conservatives to invite them for a debate. He wrote in the letter that the conservatives had not accepted to reply to his request for debate, and also, that he had frequently asked the members of that party to have a conversation with him. He believed that debates can open a new gate into the political discourse in Islamic Republic of Iran and it helps people to observe different events with more precise and scrupulous view. He stated that the final judgment and decision are made by people.

Ramin Fallah sent the first letter to Keyhan newspaper and asked them to publish in without censor. This way, he started a one-way debate. He, also, challenged the important issues of the country and criticized the way the conservatives treat those issues. However, no one replied to his writings.

Now, Ramin Fallah is working in several cultural institutes and political publication and he writes about political discourse.

Ramin Fallah and Media PourAli Ganji live in Karaj and Media is the principal of a school in that city.

An Interview with Ramin Fallah (Part 3)

We reviewed the interview with Ramin Fallah in the previous two articles,(part 1 & part 2) and we are at your service in this article.

Have you ever conducted any research on Imam Khomeini’s thoughts and ideas?

Ramin Fallah: My thesis subject for graduation was “Islamic Banking in Iran” and I extracted from Imam Khomeini’s books the juridical discussions. Since I studied Economics in university, I used Imam Khomeini’s thoughts and ideas.

Would you please describe a memory of you with Imam Khomeini?

Ramin Fallah: I knew Imam Khomeini since I was a teenager. Then, I used to promote his thoughts and opinions. I remember that at the second year of religious scholarship, I started promotion. That was because I thought that Imam’s thoughts and ideas should be disseminated. At that time, we distribute Imam Khomeini’s statements. It was one of my wishes to meet him and once my desire came true. It was an unforgettable day for me. Since the second year of religious scholarship, I followed Imam Khomeini’s thoughts, made my life based on his ideology and imitated his behavior. I try hard to follow his steps as long as I can.

What was the most important feature of Imam Khomeini that made our country people and even the Muslim community follow him?

Ramin Fallah: There were several positive features for Imam Khomeini one of which was his comprehensive ideas. Many scholars were expert in jurisprudence and they had no information about politics or philosophy. However, Imam Khomeini was experienced in jurisprudence, philosophy, mysticism and politics. Moreover, he had a pure soul. He never wanted good things for himself and his benefits but he defined everything based on his goals. In this way, he was sure that he fulfilled his mission. He never feared from anything and no barrier could stop him. When Imam Khomeini was in the plane to come back to Iran, he was asked about his feelings and he said: “I have no feeling!”. This is a very meaningful sentence. Imam Khomeini was leading a great movement and nobody knew what would happen to him when he came back home. He slept in the plane with complete comfort and expressed no feeling about the potential happening. He might mean that he had a religious mission and he fulfilled his responsibility, nothing more. And he expressed that he did not care about what would happen. Furthermore, Imam Khomeini always insisted that we should not follow him but his school. He said: “unfortunately, selfishness is a great slump for Islamic Revolution”.

What are other characteristics of Imam?

Ramin Fallah: The other characteristic of Imam Khomeini was that he cared about people. He believed in people’s power. He thought that everything would go well wherever people are present. He considered people and especially low-income population to be a bless for the society.

Before the revolution, I knew someone who were living in Mashhad and he thought that Imam Khomeini would lead the ship to be drawn because he believed that his simple approaches and people’s demonstrations had no outcome and people could do nothing. He reckoned armed war to be the only way ahead.

With total assurance, Imam Khomeini said: “people will do everything. The army is a fraction of the public”. And finally, everything happened as he had anticipated.

Imam Khomeini is an inimitable character.

Ramin Fallah: In brief, it can be stated that Imam Khomeini was a comprehensive character. He was simultaneously a politician, a pure man and a people-oriented leader. In 1981, I was studying Religious Science (before I started to study economics) and we had a course under the title of “political sciences”. Our teacher, a great professor in political sciences, said: “Imam Khomeini has introduced America as “The Great Evil” and this is the best representation of that regime’s characteristic”. Imam Khomeini did not study in any university and he did not have PhD degree in Political Sciences. However, in terms of political attitude and social perception, he was at a really great level. That’s why he was loved by people, especially the youth. A great work of him was that he provided a big theory for people and it was: “Religious Democracy”. In past, people were divided into two groups: Orientalism and Westernism. People were either revolutionist and communist or revolution-dissident and west-liker. It was believed that either west or east should be selected. The orientalists believed that religious is an opium for nations. They stated that belief in religion exhaust people. However, Imam Khomeini denied this thought with a revolution and its outcome. He proved that not only the religion is not an opium for nations, but also it can be a force for positive mutation if it is well perceived and understood. It can be stated that Islamic Revolution of Iran facilitated the down-fall of communism school in soviet union. The communists believed that religion is exhaustion, lethargy and welcome to cruelty. However, Imam Khomeini denied this thinking stream. Moreover, it was believed that the road to success passed from the West. Up to few years ago, some open-minded scholars reckoned that we should accept the culture of development before we started to develop. In their opinion, the culture of development was the culture of West. According to their perspective, religious government does not work because it is contrary to people’s culture and it prevent the society from development. Fortunately, Khamenei’s leadership denied this thought stream. Compare our country with those nations that have chosen the West. Compare our technologies, military force and national power with those of the other countries that are close to western nations and see where they are. Despite of hostility, sabotage and sanctions of west against us, we decreased the distance between our scientific level and that of other countries. We are experiencing great development in terms of nuclear energy, nanotechnology and stem cells knowledge. We have great economic problems but we are the 17th great economy of the world. These evidences suggested that it was wrong to assume western culture as a necessity for development and to consider religious regime as a barrier to advancement. Indeed, Imam Khomeini invalidated these thoughts and brought up a new ideology called “Religious Democracy”. This ideology could make us rely on ourselves and realize “We Can” slogan. This slogan came true not only in our country but also in other Muslim communities following Imam Khomeini. Nowadays, the arrogant states do fear from nuclear weapon-equipped Iran. They fear that the world someday actualizes the idea of religious democracy, that has been successful in Iran, and gets relief from the tether of slavery. Arrogant states try to prevent this idea from being successful.

An Interview with Ramin Fallah (PART 2)

Would you please explain more about the relationships in the assembly and its position?

Ramin Fallah: Some cases of role and position descent of the assembly are caused by the fault of the assembly itself. At the current moment, some representatives are involved with miscellaneous works. Law-making consumes a great deal of time in the assembly. Moreover, the representatives are supposed to monitor law enforcement. There is also another thing that the representatives should do, although not their defined duty, and that is addressing the issues and problems about the election constituency. The administrative system of our country is organized in a way that if the representative of a city does not address the problems of his/her home, everything will stop and no progression will occur. On the other hand, people expect the representative to address the issues of a city. If a representative want to advance the affairs of his/her city and election constituency, he/ she should spent much time. Hence, the representative does not have enough time for one of the most important responsibilities of him/ her which is correct monitoring the law enforcement.

Accordingly, how can you explain about the supervisory section of assembly?

Ramin Fallah: If the assembly does not efficiently supervise everything, the government sometimes leaves its commitment to follow the assembly-approved rules. Under such a circumstance, the assembly-approved laws are not completely implemented and the assembly does not interrogates the government about rule violation. Since the representative are voluntarily or unwantedly involved with miscellaneous works, they do not have enough time to fulfill their supervisory responsibilities.

Some believe that the assembly should also be blamed.

Ramin Fallah: Another predicament in which the assembly might get stuck is politicizing that in two ways can negatively influence the assembly role in fulfilment of the mission designated for it by the constitutional law and also, its position. Sometimes, the assembly does not cooperate with the government due to political and party-dependent issues, or in contrast, it overlooks the government mistakes because of party based biases and it blindly supports the government performance. Therefore, national benefits are ruined on one hand, and on the other hand, the government might plan to weakens the assembly due to political motivations. All these degrade the assembly position. The other problem is that at the time of submitting responsibilities to the representatives, meritocracy is ignored so that some unqualified forces are preferred to the others due to political or ethnical issues. This problem might influence the assembly performance and results in its weakness.

It should be also noted that sometimes the assembly seems to be turned into a rule-making factory because of multiple jobs of the representatives and various legislations. Some rules lack efficient strength. Unfortunately, the assembly head is sometimes in rush to approve the legislations so that he prohibits the “agree” and “disagree” parties from speaking. In this case, the representatives vote for something that is not fully cleared and identified, and they are not aware of their mistakes. I do not understand why some insist on rapid approval of the legislations and bills while these types of rules lack sufficient strength. Recently, mobile phones are also turned into a great problem because a great number of representative have to answer their clients’ phone calls in the open sessions of the parliament. Therefore, they do not pay enough attention to the issues discussed.

What is the idea of you, as a representative of people in the Islamic Consultative Assembly, about how positive the performance of the 9th assembly is?

Ramin Fallah: The representatives work so hard. Their useful working hours are about 13 or 14 in a whole day. In working days of the assembly and when monitoring the constituencies, the representatives’ day starts at the time they wake up for morning pray and they work until 1 or 2 a.m. A representative has a limited time for rest. Most of the representatives in the 9th assembly are compassionate and they passionately supports the bills and legislations that are benefiting for the society and especially for the vulnerable class. It does not mean that all outcomes of the assembly are desirable. A representative would not have enough timebecause he/she is involved in multiple jobs. Although the representative consume a great deal of time and work so hard, we cannot claim that the best rules are ratified in the assembly and they do not need modification. In my opinion, the assembly is weak at the supervisory dimension. That’s because the representative lack enough time and they have no opportunity to monitor law enforcement. I think that the assembly cannot get an acceptable score in this part.

Regarding the recent changes (especially, in terms of Join Comprehensive Plan of Action), what is your opinion about the relationship between Iran and America? Will this relationship improve as time passes? That’s what Mr. Khomeini had stated.

Ramin Fallah: Imam Khomeini said that the relationship between America and Iran is just like the relationship of a wolf with a sheep. This relationship has no benefit for us. It does not mean that there is a red line for us and we can never make contact with USA. In a day we have got more power and USA leaves its wolf-like nature, the relationship will be permitted.

Can we now expect USA to repent?

Ramin Fallah: Naturally, we cannot expect such thing from USA under the current circumstance. Imam Khomeini worried if Americans hurt our regime or influence our culture. If we are powerful in terms of national solidarity, improve our religious culture and develop more technologies, then we do not have to worry about such things. There is only one country which we do not recognize and that’s Israel. We never ever will have any kind of relationship with the country because it’s not recognized by us. However, we recognize USA. Finally, I should note that only if a conspiracy- and dominancy-free relationship is waiting for us, we can think about making a relationship with USA. There should be a guarantee that the relationship has got no harm for Islamic Revolution. The exact time of linkage is going to be determined by our Supreme Leader and all of us should commit to and follow his ideas.

An interview with Ramin Fallah (PART 1)

Ramin Fallah was born in 1958, in Gonabad (Khorasan-Razavi). He was admitted in University of Mashhad in 1974 to study in higher education. This young theologian, then, knew the Supreme Leader of Revolution and got accustomed with Imam Khomeini’s ideas and opinions. After the changes came after Islamic Revolution, he moved to England to study in PhD degree and he graduated in the field of Economics. During his studying time in England, Ramin Fallah was appointed to the head of Islamic Centers of Manchester and Newcastle and he tried hard to promote Islam and Islamic Revolution. In the 9th terms of Consultative Assembly election, he could enter the assembly as a representative of Gonabad and Bajestan. Ramin Fallah is now working in Economic Commission of Islamic Consultative Assembly. Here is a specific interview of the press journalist with Ramin Fallah.

Please tell a brief of your background and working experiences for our audiences to know more about you.

Ramin Fallah: In 1974, I moved to Mashhad in order to continue my education. Through the year before that time, I was trained by my honorable and great master, Hujjat al-Islam Afifi, in the seminary center of Gonabad. A great luck of mine, as a young theologian, during the time in Mashhad was that I could meet Ayatollah Khamenei and attend his classes with the help of some theologians who were older than me.

What was the impact of those classes on you?

Ramin Fallah: Those classes opened a door to a new path for me and gave me the opportunity to meet Imam Khomeini. I got accustomed to Imam’s ideology and as long as God helped me, I moved in that path. The day Ettela’at Newspaper insulted Imam Khomeini, about 40 or 50 theologians and religion students gathered in Haj Molla Heidar Mosque in Mashhad to protest and after the noon and afternoon prays, they walked from the mosque to Khosravi intersection in the form of a demonstration. They, for the first time within the recent years, expressed this slogan: “Peace upon Khomeini! Down with Shah!”. In Khosravi intersection, SAVAK forces attacked the demonstrators and arrested 13 protestors (including 2 students and 11 theologians). I, also, was amongst the protestors and was arrested. I was prisoned in SAVAK and police department for some days. Then, due to not confessing, pressures from Mashhad scholars and the current events in Qom, I was declared in the military court to be free.

What happened after the election?

Ramin Fallah: I decided to continue my activities after Islamic Revolution. I worked, for some time, in Imam Khomeini Relief Committee and helped the deprived people. After a while, I was selected as the commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Gonabad. Since 1982, I resigned and left the Guard Coprs and immigrated to Qom (Feiziye School) to continue my education. When I was in Qom, I was simultaneously studying in seminary and university. Several years after I got my MA degree in Economics and taught economic lessons in Qom universities, I moved to England in order to get my PhD degree. I was admitted in University of Durham. Albeit, I should note that I had reached a conditional admission. For a while, I was working as the head of Islamic Center of Manchester and I traveled between Manchester and Durham. Then, I was appointed to the head of Islamic Center of Newcastle where was less distant from Durham. Thanks God. God helped me and after five years, I could defend my PhD thesis and get my degree from that university. After I came back from England to Iran, it was the time for the 9th term of Consultative Assembly election. When I was studying and working in England, a great number of my friends suggested me to register as a candidate for the assembly election. God blessed me and I was elected as the representative of noble and decent people of Gonabad and Bajestan.

Imam Khomeini considered the Consultative Assembly to be of the highest priority. What is your opinion about the current position and role of the assembly?

Ramin Fallah: Imam Khomeini stated that Consultative Assembly is of the highest priority. However, his words were not limited to this. He added: “If the assembly is righteous, works are appropriately performed. However, if the assembly is bad and does not meet its responsibilities, great problems will occur in our country” (not the exact works but he meant such thing). This is a fact that there is a difference between Consultative Assembly election and Presidential election. In presidential election, people normally do not know the candidates well. People elect their favorite candidate based on the information they get during each time of election and also, on the slogans expressed by the candidates. Since the candidates for consultative assembly are from the very cities in which people live and they are known by the citizens, people vote for the candidates whom they know well.

What is the responsibility of an assembly representative?

Ramin Fallah: Assembly representative can more effectively and better reflect people’s demands. That’s why Imam Khomeini said that Consultative Assembly is of the highest priority. The assembly representative are people’s lawyers and they monitor the country affairs on the behalf of people. Moreover, they have to control and manage the issues about our country. During the last years, rank and dignity of the assembly have decreased and this is due to weak performance of some governments and the assembly.

What are those weaknesses?

Ramin Fallah: Unfortunately, sometimes, when someone has high number of votes, he thinks that he can work based on his desire and select the ministers as he likes. We should remember that when people vote for a president, they expect support from the assembly and they know that there is a Supreme Leader. So, the government should work according to the framework of constitutional law. If a candidate declares before the election that he is going to work based on his desire, no one would vote for him. According to constitutional law, Consultative Assembly is a pillar of our country and the governments should act based on the political framework determined by the assembly. Sometimes, reduction in dignity of the assembly is the fault of those governments that think they can ignore the assembly due to the supports they gained by people’s votes.  

An Interview with Ramin Fallah – Part 2


Ramin Fallah is now working in Economic Commission of Islamic Consultative Assembly. Here is the second part of a specific interview of the press journalist with Ramin Fallah.

Would you please explain more about the relationships in the assembly and its position?

Ramin Fallah : Some cases of role and position descent of the assembly are caused by the fault of the assembly itself. At the current moment, some representatives are involved with miscellaneous works. Law-making consumes a great deal of time in the assembly. Moreover, the representatives are supposed to monitor law enforcement. There is also another thing that the representatives should do, although not their defined duty, and that is addressing the issues and problems about the election constituency. The administrative system of our country is organized in a way that if the representative of a city does not address the problems of his/her home, everything will stop and no progression will occur. On the other hand, people expect the representative to address the issues of a city. If a representative want to advance the affairs of his/her city and election constituency, he/ she should spent much time. Hence, the representative does not have enough time for one of the most important responsibilities of him/ her which is correct monitoring the law enforcement.

Accordingly, how can you explain about the supervisory section of assembly?

Ramin Fallah : If the assembly does not efficiently supervise everything, the government sometimes leaves its commitment to follow the assembly-approved rules. Under such a circumstance, the assembly-approved laws are not completely implemented and the assembly does not interrogates the government about rule violation. Since the representative are voluntarily or unwantedly involved with miscellaneous works, they do not have enough time to fulfill their supervisory responsibilities.

Some believe that the assembly should also be blamed.

Another predicament in which the assembly might get stuck is politicizing that in two ways can negatively influence the assembly role in fulfilment of the mission designated for it by the constitutional law and also, its position. Sometimes, the assembly does not cooperate with the government due to political and party-dependent issues, or in contrast, it overlooks the government mistakes because of party based biases and it blindly supports the government performance. Therefore, national benefits are ruined on one hand, and on the other hand, the government might plan to weakens the assembly due to political motivations. All these degrade the assembly position. The other problem is that at the time of submitting responsibilities to the representatives, meritocracy is ignored so that some unqualified forces are preferred to the others due to political or ethnical issues. This problem might influence the assembly performance and results in its weakness.

It should be also noted that sometimes the assembly seems to be turned into a rule-making factory because of multiple jobs of the representatives and various legislations. Some rules lack efficient strength. Unfortunately, the assembly head is sometimes in rush to approve the legislations so that he prohibits the “agree” and “disagree” parties from speaking. In this case, the representatives vote for something that is not fully cleared and identified, and they are not aware of their mistakes. I do not understand why some insist on rapid approval of the legislations and bills while these types of rules lack sufficient strength. Recently, mobile phones are also turned into a great problem because a great number of representative have to answer their clients’ phone calls in the open sessions of the parliament. Therefore, they do not pay enough attention to the issues discussed.

What is the idea of you, as a representative of people in the Islamic Consultative Assembly, about how positive the performance of the 9th assembly is?

The representatives work so hard. Their useful working hours are about 13 or 14 in a whole day. In working days of the assembly and when monitoring the constituencies, the representatives’ day starts at the time they wake up for morning pray and they work until 1 or 2 a.m. A representative has a limited time for rest. Most of the representatives in the 9th assembly are compassionate and they passionately supports the bills and legislations that are benefiting for the society and especially for the vulnerable class. It does not mean that all outcomes of the assembly are desirable. A representative would not have enough timebecause he/she is involved in multiple jobs. Although the representative consume a great deal of time and work so hard, we cannot claim that the best rules are ratified in the assembly and they do not need modification. In my opinion, the assembly is weak at the supervisory dimension. That’s because the representative lack enough time and they have no opportunity to monitor law enforcement. I think that the assembly cannot get an acceptable score in this part.

Regarding the recent changes (especially, in terms of Join Comprehensive Plan of Action), what is your opinion about the relationship between Iran and America? Will this relationship improve as time passes? That’s what Mr. Khomeini had stated.

Imam Khomeini said that the relationship between America and Iran is just like the relationship of a wolf with a sheep. This relationship has no benefit for us. It does not mean that there is a red line for us and we can never make contact with USA. In a day we have got more power and USA leaves its wolf-like nature, the relationship will be permitted.

Can we now expect USA to repent?

Naturally, we cannot expect such thing from USA under the current circumstance. Imam Khomeini worried if Americans hurt our regime or influence our culture. If we are powerful in terms of national solidarity, improve our religious culture and develop more technologies, then we do not have to worry about such things. There is only one country which we do not recognize and that’s Israel. We never ever will have any kind of relationship with the country because it’s not recognized by us. However, we recognize USA. Finally, I should note that only if a conspiracy- and dominancy-free relationship is waiting for us, we can think about making a relationship with USA. There should be a guarantee that the relationship has got no harm for Islamic Revolution. The exact time of linkage is going to be determined by our Supreme Leader and all of us should commit to and follow his ideas.

Interview with Ramin Fallah – Part 1

Ramin Fallah was born in 1958, in Gonabad (Khorasan-Razavi). He was admitted in University of Mashhad in 1974 to study in higher education. This young theologian, then, knew the Supreme Leader of Revolution and got accustomed with Imam Khomeini’s ideas and opinions. After the changes came after Islamic Revolution, he moved to England to study in PhD degree and he graduated in the field of Economics. During his studying time in England, Ramin Fallah was appointed to the head of Islamic Centers of Manchester and Newcastle and he tried hard to promote Islam and Islamic Revolution. In the 9th terms of Consultative Assembly election, he could enter the assembly as a representative of Gonabad and Bajestan. Ramin Fallah is now working in Economic Commission of Islamic Consultative Assembly. Here is a specific interview of the press journalist with Ramin Fallah.

Please tell a brief of your background and working experiences for our audiences to know more about you.

Ramin Fallah : In 1974, I moved to Mashhad in order to continue my education. Through the year before that time, I was trained by my honorable and great master, Hujjat al-Islam Afifi, in the seminary center of Gonabad. A great luck of mine, as a young theologian, during the time in Mashhad was that I could meet Ayatollah Khamenei and attend his classes with the help of some theologians who were older than me.

What was the impact of those classes on you?

Ramin Fallah : Those classes opened a door to a new path for me and gave me the opportunity to meet Imam Khomeini. I got accustomed to Imam’s ideology and as long as God helped me, I moved in that path. The day Ettela’at Newspaper insulted Imam Khomeini, about 40 or 50 theologians and religion students gathered in Haj Molla Heidar Mosque in Mashhad to protest and after the noon and afternoon prays, they walked from the mosque to Khosravi intersection in the form of a demonstration. They, for the first time within the recent years, expressed this slogan: “Peace upon Khomeini! Down with Shah!”. In Khosravi intersection, SAVAK forces attacked the demonstrators and arrested 13 protestors (including 2 students and 11 theologians). I, also, was amongst the protestors and was arrested. I was prisoned in SAVAK and police department for some days. Then, due to not confessing, pressures from Mashhad scholars and the current events in Qom, I was declared in the military court to be free.

What happened after the election?

Ramin Fallah : I decided to continue my activities after Islamic Revolution. I worked, for some time, in Imam Khomeini Relief Committee and helped the deprived people. After a while, I was selected as the commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Gonabad. Since 1982, I resigned and left the Guard Coprs and immigrated to Qom (Feiziye School) to continue my education. When I was in Qom, I was simultaneously studying in seminary and university. Several years after I got my MA degree in Economics and taught economic lessons in Qom universities, I moved to England in order to get my PhD degree. I was admitted in University of Durham. Albeit, I should note that I had reached a conditional admission. For a while, I was working as the head of Islamic Center of Manchester and I traveled between Manchester and Durham. Then, I was appointed to the head of Islamic Center of Newcastle where was less distant from Durham. Thanks God. God helped me and after five years, I could defend my PhD thesis and get my degree from that university. After I came back from England to Iran, it was the time for the 9th term of Consultative Assembly election. When I was studying and working in England, a great number of my friends suggested me to register as a candidate for the assembly election. God blessed me and I was elected as the representative of noble and decent people of Gonabad and Bajestan.

Imam Khomeini considered the Consultative Assembly to be of the highest priority. What is your opinion about the current position and role of the assembly?
Ramin Fallah : Imam Khomeini stated that Consultative Assembly is of the highest priority. However, his words were not limited to this. He added: “If the assembly is righteous, works are appropriately performed. However, if the assembly is bad and does not meet its responsibilities, great problems will occur in our country” (not the exact works but he meant such thing). This is a fact that there is a difference between Consultative Assembly election and Presidential election. In presidential election, people normally do not know the candidates well. People elect their favorite candidate based on the information they get during each time of election and also, on the slogans expressed by the candidates. Since the candidates for consultative assembly are from the very cities in which people live and they are known by the citizens, people vote for the candidates whom they know well.

What is the responsibility of an assembly representative?

Ramin Fallah : Assembly representative can more effectively and better reflect people’s demands. That’s why Imam Khomeini said that Consultative Assembly is of the highest priority. The assembly representative are people’s lawyers and they monitor the country affairs on the behalf of people. Moreover, they have to control and manage the issues about our country. During the last years, rank and dignity of the assembly have decreased and this is due to weak performance of some governments and the assembly.

What are those weaknesses?

Ramin Fallah : Unfortunately, sometimes, when someone has high number of votes, he thinks that he can work based on his desire and select the ministers as he likes. We should remember that when people vote for a president, they expect support from the assembly and they know that there is a Supreme Leader. So, the government should work according to the framework of constitutional law. If a candidate declares before the election that he is going to work based on his desire, no one would vote for him. According to constitutional law, Consultative Assembly is a pillar of our country and the governments should act based on the political framework determined by the assembly. Sometimes, reduction in dignity of the assembly is the fault of those governments that think they can ignore the assembly due to the supports they gained by people’s votes.  

An Open and Different Interview with Ramin Fallah (FINAL PART)

It is more than enough to simply do Google to know Ramin Fallah’s characteristics. Within the last few years, he has been being on the scene as one of the most extreme and active political figures. Moreover, his name is seen in the most challenging political moments in our country.

What did you do after he registered as a candidate?

Ramin Fallah: I did not agree with his candidacy because it was too soon for him to be a presidential candidate. It was better for him to put step forward about 4 years later. I do not mean that he lost his chance but he had better to register in candidacy 4 years later. When he entered the presidential election procedure, I respected his decisions and supported him.

Did his failure in presidential election mean defeat for the Conservative party?

Ramin Fallah: No.

Why the votes for that party were so scant?

Ramin Fallah: The votes were not scant. According to calculations, about 50% of the total votes belonged to the conservative party. The final candidates were eight and then, the number reduced to six. Among them, there was a clergyman. Many said : “Ahmadinejad did not perform well, let’s vote for a clergyman to see what he will do”.

Do you confirm that people preferred a clergyman to Ahmadinejad’s party?

Ramin Fallah: The trusted more on a clergyman.

You said that about 50% of the total votes belonged to conservative party. In my opinion, most of the votes of Ghalibaf and Rezayi were submitted by themselves. I even claim that 70% of Mohsen Rezayi’s votes was submitted by himself.

Ramin Fallah: I think that most of Mr. Rohani’s votes were submitted by the conservatives.

What about the reformist party?

Ramin Fallah: In my opinion, the reformists are categorized into two groups: a group adapts reformism from the western arrogant countries to which I do not consider any respect; the other group is trying to reform many things in line with the regime principles.

To which group did Mr. Khatami belong?

Ramin Fallah: You should ask this question from himself. I am talking about the reformists’ performance and the manifesto Mr. Akbar Ganji provided for the reformists…

Akbar Ganji was a fundamental member of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, wasn’t he? After a while, he exited the corps.

Ramin Fallah: He was in the Revolutionary Guard Corps for four years (until 1985) and then, he left the corps. He never has been in the war field. He and his friends were the reason of all the conflicts in Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Does Mr. Khatami follow Akbar Ganji’s manifesto?

Ramin Fallah: If he disagreed with that manifesto, he should condemn it.

Do you agree with putting his name in no-photo, no-voice and no-fly lists?

Ramin Fallah: Yes, I do.

Do you think that he is a destroying figure?

Ramin Fallah: No. His words are not similar at the back-stage and on the scene. We should follow humanity. He should declare in the society that there was no cheating at all.

He is a popular character and many people like him.

Ramin Fallah: Who says that he is a popular character? He is popular only in your eyes.

In the last polling course, he could gain high number of votes.

Ramin Fallah: If he had numerous votes, he did not give up and submit his candidacy position to Mousavi. In 2009, he traveled to three cities and saw that no one would vote for him. Then, he gave up and let Mousavi come over.

Maybe he was afraid of disqualification.

Ramin Fallah: No, it’s not true.

Would not he be disqualified if he registered for candidacy?

Ramin Fallah: No, he would not be disqualified.

Mr. Hashemi was disqualified.

Ramin Fallah: There’s a different story about him.

You claim that Mr. Khatami is not a popular character. He was far from power for 8 years. Why are you sensitive to an unpopular person who has no power?

Ramin Fallah: I ask you another question. Why a person with no position and seat is shown in TV programs?

So, Mr. Ahmadinejad also should not be shown on TV.

Ramin Fallah: Is he shown on TV now?

Anyway, he (Khatami) is an exemplary character and media can interview him.

Ramin Fallah: Did not media members interview him? Did not they publish his photo? He has no position and there is no reason to write about him. How much news and texts are written about other figures who have no power and position? We believe that Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting should not talk about a person who does not specify his position.

I think that this discussion will lead to nowhere. Let me ask you more personal questions. Did you lose your finger in the war?

Ramin Fallah: No, I lost it before the war (he is not interested in explaining about this issue).

I have some questions about Facebook and other social media. Do you have an account in social media?

Ramin Fallah: I am not acquainted with these things.

What about your children?

Ramin Fallah: They have social media account. They use internet and surf on Facebook and other social media because they are students and they need technology.

Do you agree with the limitations imposed on internet use?

Ramin Fallah: Internet is not troublesome as long as it is used for profitable affairs. However, I do not accept it as culture creature. Internet has both positive and negative applications. We should be careful about using it.

What about satellites?

Ramin Fallah: Satellite is as the same as internet. There’s no difference between them. They come to our houses and influence our children who are not still familiar with the principles of belief and faith.

Why are these technologies expanded so much? Religious families, also, have satellite. Governmental forces should rush into their homes and …

Ramin Fallah: No, it is the owner’s business.

Do you set Hijab obligation for your children?

Ramin Fallah: I don’t have any daughter. I have four daughter-in-laws all of whom are students. They have no problem in terms of Hijab. They decide for their personal clothing because they have self-made characters.

Do your children take part in economic activities?

Ramin Fallah: No, they don’t.

Would you introduce your children’s jobs?

Ramin Fallah: Two of them work in Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, one of them is student and the other one lives with us.

Have you ever used your relations in favor of your children?

Ramin Fallah: No. Declare a case if you find one.

Do not they get upset with that?

Ramin Fallah: It’s up to them. I have trained them in this way.

Two of them have taken part in military service. Is that right?

Ramin Fallah: No, they are exempted from military service.

So you used the so-called law of exemption.

Ramin Fallah: I did not do anything. They, themselves, did everything.

Two of your children can be easily exempted from military service.

Ramin Fallah: All of them can be exempted from military service.

What about their education?

Ramin Fallah: One of them is an engineer. The other one is graduated from Shahid Beheshti University. Another one is graduated from Qom University.

Did not you use any personal privilege in this regard?

Ramin Fallah: What type of privilege are you talking about?

The privilege of being a warrior.

Ramin Fallah: They may use that privilege.

Did your children marry to political families’ daughters?

Ramin Fallah: No.

I think that your daughter-in-laws’ fathers are members of  Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Ramin Fallah: One of them is a veteran and doctor. The other one is Mr. Fadavi, the commander of Navy Force of Guard Corps.

Why the children of Hemmat, Bakeri and other warriors are in “reformist” group?

Ramin Fallah: I wish all the reformists were like these children.

You mean that the reformists should possess both religious beliefs and critical thought.

Ramin Fallah: It’s ok. Just like our children.

Is it possible that their votes differ from yours?

Ramin Fallah: I do not tell them to whom they should or should not vote.

An Open and Different Interview with Ramin Fallah (PART 4)

It is more than enough to simply do Google to know Ramin Fallah’s characteristics. Within the last few years, he has been being on the scene as one of the most extreme and active political figures. Moreover, his name is seen in the most challenging political moments in our country.

Their speech style is …

Someone is aggressive and the other one is calm …

If you sit on your seat as a normal individual and listen to your friends’ speech in Consultative Assembly, you will think that a war has started in the country.

Ramin Fallah: In the last year, did you see this speech style from them? Those who live in glass house should not throw stones. Why everyone expressed congratulation in 2013 when Mr. Rohani won the election? Why did not you do so in 2009? In 1997, Mr. Khatami won the election and Mr. Nategh congratulated him. Why this did not happen in 2009 and 2005? These are my questions.

Do you think that people must be led to Paradise even with whips and obligations?

Ramin Fallah: Nobody accepts this idea. Who says that people should be led to Paradise with whips and lashes? Who has said so? Did Imam Khomeini express this idea? Did the Supreme Leader say so? Who did tell this? This is a game of words. What are these words? They want to acquit themselves. There are specific frameworks in every countries. Can you talk about Holocaust in European countries? No you cannot. That’s because there is a specific framework in those countries. Every countries have their own rules.

And any rule has its own limitations. For example, it seems that the main problem for Hijab issue is limitlessness.

Ramin Fallah: That’s because there are disagreements in this regard.

That is true. There is no definite boundary in this regard.

Ramin Fallah: The boundaries are defined by disagreements but some consider it as a political issues.

They are from both side, right?

Ramin Fallah: Yes.

Now, there is a conflict between the President, who is a clergyman, and Imam of Friday Pray.

Ramin Fallah: The main issue is that we do not want to remain in theories but we seek action. He is an executive authority and he should practically fulfill his responsibilities. We do not want to merely create theories and stick to them. Within more than thirty years ago, did anybody oblige you to pray for God? This is a private affair. However, when you walk in the society, you have to follow the rules.

If you were an executive authority, would you let Guidance Patrol remain?

Ramin Fallah: I would first train them about how to treat and behave with people. Absolutely, I would do so.

Do you mean that you would absolutely let the Guidance Patrol remain?

Ramin Fallah: Yes. That’s because there is a group that is planning for promoting Hijab crisis in Iran.

The group you’re talking about is not among our people.

Ramin Fallah: Definitely they are.

Is it possible that a 17- or 18-year old girl or a 18-year old boy plans for crisis promotion?

Ramin Fallah: That group is trying to provide an appropriate space for injecting brevity in others to promote crisis.

Shall Judicial system and Law Enforcement Force prioritize arresting some kids who make HAPPY vide-clip or fighting against corruption and 3.000 billion-dollar embezzlement?

Ramin Fallah: Every types of crimes shall be addressed.

Which one is the priority?

Ramin Fallah: The embezzler has to be arrested and the kids, also, should be treated based on the right law.

The kids were arrested within 6 hours and the embezzler is still free after 6-month investigations.

Ramin Fallah: Anybody who violates the rule should be legally treated; and it does not matter whether the crime is big or small. Small cases of crime will lead to great felonies. The small crimes should be addressed based on conventional procedures so that the crime-committers’ deeds are corrected and the crime is not committed again. The committers of big crimes, however, should be treated by retribution. We have set tough conditions for 3- or 5-million Toman loans but someone cheat the banking system. Many do not see the other side of the coin. Judicial system and Security system forces have taken back not only 3000 billion dollars but also the 4.700-billion dollar embezzlement.

They took back the money from the very group?

Ramin Fallah: Yes, they took the money back from Khosravi Ariya’s group. They did not let them eat the money.

Ahmadinejad’s government was supposed to be the assembly of the sacred figures. Why did it lead to corruption?

Ramin Fallah: I don’t know. He left behind the principles we had set. In the last one or two years of his government period, the members of Front of Islamic Revolution Stability opposed him due to the deviated stream he was following and his opinionated character.

You are now a member of “The Worried” group. Did not you worry about the issues within the last eight years?

Ramin Fallah: I did.

So why no meeting of the “worried party” was held?

Ramin Fallah: It was held in another form. We conveyed our comments to the government in other meetings. Imagine that a meeting of worried party is held. What’s going to be proposed in that meeting? The so-called “worried figures” stated that they were worried that the negotiations would not lead to the very primary agreements. You do not know everything. They, now, seek for the final results. The primary result was obtained in December, 2013. You should read the sources to know about the primary agreement.

The government states something else.

Ramin Fallah: It does not matter what is says.

You mean that the government does not declare the exact happenings to people, don’t you?

Ramin Fallah: Yes, I do.

You mean that the government tells lie to people, don’t you?

Ramin Fallah: No! It does not tell lie but it does not notify people about every happenings.

So, the government hides something.

Ramin Fallah: I don’t want to exactly say that “it hides something”. I just mean that it does not notify people every happenings.

It has hidden a part of truth.

Ramin Fallah: I’ve got nothing more to say. There is a difference between lying and hiding.

In a meeting held in National Security Commission, Mr. Zarif declared the exact issues in the presence of you.

Ramin Fallah: Who has said so? We have always discusses with him, in the Commission, about the primary results of negotiations.

You talked to each other. He made, also, a complain and said: “our private words do not yet come out of our mouth but they are published everywhere”. Is that true?

Ramin Fallah: He was asked to personally tells the exact issues, himself.

The statement of primary agreements published by State Department of USA was more close to reality. Is that true?

Ramin Fallah: Yes, this is true. Mr. Zarif sent the result of negotiations to Mr. Larijani and the statement was provided in both English and Persian languages. What was published by State Department of USA was more close to reality. We opine that our negotiators should be as brave as they were in the previous round of negotiations.

You support Mr. Jalili, don’t you?

Ramin Fallah: Yes, I do because he has been being a member of Basij militia since his youth.

Did you confirm him as a president?

Ramin Fallah: I did not agree with his candidacy in presidential election.

An Open and Different Interview with Ramin Fallah (PART 3)

It is more than enough to simply do Google to know Ramin Fallah’s characteristics. Within the last few years, he has been being on the scene as one of the most extreme and active political figures. Moreover, his name is seen in the most challenging political moments in our country.

You have previously read the first and second parts of our interview with Ramin Fallah. You can read the third part here.

I am sure that in 1994, when you were offered to be employed in Football Federation, you would not accept to become a candid of parliament if you were suggested.

Ramin Fallah: You are right. I did not put a step forwards to become a representative in the parliament.

In 1994, you were called “Brother” in guard corps and no words about military grades were uttered.

Ramin Fallah: The grades were granted, then. In 1990, Ahmad Kazemi, Ghasem Soleymani, Ali Fazli and some others punctured our finger tips and wrote with our blood: “we have not come for grades”. Mohsen took that letter to Mr. Khomeini and told him that these guys are on their words. We went to meet our Supreme Leader and he said: “Mr. Khomeini and I emphasize on your gradation. I know you, now, but what should the future authorities who do not know you? If you do not want any grade, a criteria should be considered to rate you. Employees call that criterion “rank” and militarists  call it “grade”. There should be a ranking benchmark for everyone”. Then, we did accept their words. However, our Supreme Leader pointed to a strange note: “If you are afraid of a piece of fabric on your shoulder and you think that you’ll deviate from your right pass, then you have to reclaim yourself!”.

War-field and 27th Mohammad Rasulullah Division; Ahmad Motevasseliyan, Hemmat, Karimi and you. The division had to free Karbala from the enemies hands.

Ramin Fallah: That division equaled our heart and life. And about that slogan… the soldiers’ purpose was to reach Karbala because they had divine intents and targets. Therefore, they believed that Karbala should not had been in hands of Saddam. If we could reach Karbala, Saddam would certainly collapse. Hence, that was our slogan.

Why did the slogan change? Imam Khomeini told: “The path to Karbala passes through Jerusalem”. However, Ahmad Motevaselian went to Lebanon.

Ramin Fallah: Our slogan did not change. After Beit ol-Moqaddas operation and liberation of Khorramshahr, America and Israel got to know our sensitivity to the south part of Lebanon and that if Israel attacked, we would react. When they attacked that location and reached Beirut, it was decided that Iran and some other Arabian countries send out their troops to Lebanon in order to support that country. We sent our troops but other countries did not. Imam Khomeini recognized that those Arabian countries broke their covenant and he commanded us to return back. Some of our members remained in Syria and Lebanon and established “Resistance Front” (Jebhe-ye Moghavemat).

What happened to Ahmad Motevaseliyan? Do you, as his friend and soldier, think that he is alive?

Ramin Fallah: I feel that he was martyred that time. However, since nobody has witnessed and confirmed this claim, we hope that he is still alive. I knew him. He could not tolerate captivation and prison. That’s why I claim that he’s martyred.

After Martyr Karimi, you became the commander of the troop. You were less directly been present in the war field. Is that true?

Ramin Fallah: No that’s not true. I was present in the war field more than the others.

Within 3 years, three commanders of that troop became martyred. So, it’s not unlikely that …

Ramin Fallah: These are gossips that are spread by someone who hate me, and I leave them to God to be judged and punished. We did not have sufficient facilities to give to the troops. I went within the war field to prove them that I was next to troop under any condition. It induced brevity in them. We did not have enough time to train the soldiers. Public people came over to fight in war field. They were trained for 72 hours and went to fight. We did not have any other solution. Ebrahim Hemmat, always, recommended us (as the troop commander, unit authority, division commander) to stand in front of the troops and talk to them so that they could know us. That was because we did not have any military grade. In the last days, some people came and they did not know us. A 17- or 18-year old teenager was also between them who did not know his commander. Only the commander might know his troop. In Karbala-5 operation, we were in Mahi Channel. A 17-year old teenager next to me told his friend with fear: “the commanders are in back-line and they sent us to the war field”. A soldier who knew me told him: “don’t bullshit! The troop owner is next to you”. Owner [he laughed]! Our opponents have spread those gossips because we told that it a court was held for 1388 (2009) events, Mr. Musavi and Mr. Karubi would be sentenced to death. They would be really sentenced to execution. My opponents are upset because of those words and they spread gossips about me.

Good topic to discuss. Do you prefer a court to be held for those events?

Ramin Fallah: If any court is held for those figures, they will be sentenced to death.

Why no court session has been held for them?

Ramin Fallah: Court session? That’s because some authorities disagree and believe that it would be not benefiting. No other barrier there exists.

Who disagree with that court?

Ramin Fallah: Some of the authorities. Some believe that someday the offenders may feel regretful and sorry for their deed. You must be sure that the election was free of any cheating. Under any condition and circumstance, I state that there was no cheating at all.

How did you meet Ahmadinejad?

Ramin Fallah: I met him in Friday praying.

It might be before his appointment in municipality. Somebody says that in the first 4-year of his presidency, you were the intermediate ring between Ahmadinejad and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Is that right?

Ramin Fallah: Not at all. It’s not true. They lie.

Did not you have any relationship with each other?

Ramin Fallah: No, we did not. I do not work for others.

I think you are not like the members of Front of Islamic Revolution Stability.

Ramin Fallah: What’s wrong with stability front members?

They are claimed to be extremist.

Ramin Fallah: Those are just claims.

For example, Mr. Kuchakzade and Rasayi…

Ramin Fallah: I do believe in their deeds. I live with them here. They may be somehow extremist but their words are right.

An Open and Different Interview with Ramin Fallah (PART 2)

It is more than enough to simply do Google to know Ramin Fallah’s characteristics. Within the last few years, he has been being on the scene as one of the most extreme and active political figures. Moreover, his name is seen in the most challenging political moments in our country.

You have read the first part of our conversation with Ramin Fallah in PART 1. Here’s the second part.

There were some left-wing students, also. Ghelichkhani and Jalal Talebi…

Ramin Fallah: No! There were some lift-wing people but they did not show-up. Their activities were hidden. For example, Mr. Ghuchan-nejad and Bemani were playing in Abu-Moslem but later on they worked as engineers in Jihad of Construction Organization.

Was Ghuchan-nejad a relative of Reza?

Ramin Fallah: I do not know. If Reza is a relative of the Ghuchan-nejad family in Mashhad, then they have close relationships. They may be his uncles or father-bounden relatives. They were faithful and committed characters. We fasted in hot weathers, like these days.

In Takht-e Jamshid League?

Ramin Fallah: Yes. We practiced three times a day: morning, noon and afternoon. We wanted to go to Shiraz and Khuzestan. When we traveled, we did not fast and it was not legally wrong. However, when we were in Mashhad, we were always present in the exercise sessions (even sooner than other players) while we were in fast.

How could you get that much energy?

Ramin Fallah: You have to get used to it. Some people think it’s hard to live in this way and they’ll be under pressure. However, they can get used to it.

It’s claimed that today’s youth have been grown up by vegetable (not animal) oils. Does it matter?

Ramin Fallah: No! We did also eat vegetable oil [he laughed]. We believed in it and we did it. For example, in crowded and chaotic days of 1977, my friends invited me to exercise and leave the demonstrations. However, I chose demonstration.

You were in Mashhad when Revolution took place. You were accompanying Mr. Hashemi-nejad and Ayatollah Khamenei…

Ramin Fallah: Yes, I were. I listened to Ayatollah Khomeini’s words in Imam Reza Hospital and Imam Reza University. My friends told me not to go there.

Did not you have any problem?

Ramin Fallah: I did. Once I was about to be arrested. One day, three individuals became martyr (in Naderi intersection). Then, I got stuck in Ayatollah Shirazi’s house. I was about to be gun shot.

Did not you have problem in your sport team?

Ramin Fallah: We were incognito activists. Although our photos were published in newspapers, our activities were hidden.

Did you change your appearance and face [laughing]?

Ramin Fallah: No, we did not act emotionally. I was completely aware of what I was doing and I knew the dangers. When we went to war, we knew if we would become martyr or injured.

Was it easy for you to decide to leave football aside and turn to that field?

Ramin Fallah: Yes.

When did it happen? You had good revenue, then.

Ramin Fallah: I earned 3.000 Tomans and I could monthly gain 10.000-12.000 Tomans. Since I was a soldier, I did not have pre-payment and I only could receive bounce. I was sergeant 3. In 1975, I went to university but I was not allowed for education due to special reasons.

Where were you admitted?

Ramin Fallah: Physical Education- University of Tehran. I was a top student but they did not admit me.

Why did not they admit you in the university?

Ramin Fallah: I have never agreed with favoritism or cronyism. I would never do such a thing for my children, even. They told me: “your nose is deflected”.

You were not accepted in the physical examination. It was claimed that you had to get naked in front of the referees.

Ramin Fallah: I could not take that test because before that, I was told that my nose was deflected. They told this to me and I immediately said goodbye [he laughed]. I was not easily undertaken by any word.

So, 40 years ago, your nose prevented you from studying in University of Tehran.

Ramin Fallah: They told me so. It was about 39 years ago, in 1975. I was not that much upset. I went to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for military services. Then, passing different problems, I reached Abu-Moslem and I became a football player, again. I was playing in Takht-e Jamshid League. I was trained for 6 months, in Karaj. I wanted to go to Azerbaijan or Mashhad and finally, I went to Mashhad. In the first 3 months, I served in Iran-Afghanistan border (around Taybad) in Saleh-Abad. Another Soldier and I were serving there. Unfortunately, he was drug-addicted.

That serving location was considered a paradise to him, was not it?

Ramin Fallah: Yes! He was a Marxist. I tried to change his mind but it did not work.

So, you had many structure-oriented discussions with each other. Like the discussions between Sorush and Tabari…

Ramin Fallah: Yes, but no one of us got convinced. After praying, I ran in 10-15 km. After a while, I asked for transference to another location and my request was accepted. I went to Abu-Moslem and stayed there until the Revolution time.

Recently, your name has frequently appeared in news headlines. Mr. Dayi came to meet and then, something was said about fictitious Military Service End card.

Ramin Fallah: I did not say anything, then, because I was waiting for the final results. They, however, proposed some objections. They claimed that several individuals’ Military Service End cards are fake and they asked for clarification. I did not want that issue to be covered by media, even if someone has fictitious card. It was better to directly ban the fouling person. People’s reputation does matter. There is a great difference between those who are committed to laws and those who want to damage the others’ reputation. I do not want to damage someone’s reputation because of his fault. If he repeated his mistake, the problem will be addressed. I told Mr. Dayi that I would address this issue just like a legislator and I did not want to interfere.

Representative, especially the members of boards of directors, are interested in interfering in football. Football is a utopia to many.

Ramin Fallah: It is not true about me.

I want to emphasize that. You always say that you were independent all the time.

About 20 years ago, I was offered to be appointed to head to Football Federation. I was and am not interested in it. People should not always look for great responsibilities but they should find an opportunity to efficiently influence others and things.

Were you disappointed of football?

Ramin Fallah: No, not then. I still do not accept their offerings. I do not give myself airs and graces. I know other people can do that job. Why should I interfere?

An Open and Different Interview with Ramin Fallah (PART 1)

It is more than enough to simply do Google to know Ramin Fallah’s characteristics. Within the last few years, he has been being on the scene as one of the most extreme and active political figures. Moreover, his name is seen in the most challenging political moments in our country.

ISNA, about Ramin Fallah, writes: “In 1999, some commanders of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps wrote a letter to warn Sayed Mohammad Khatami, the time president. Since then to the era of 8-year presidency of Ahmadinejad in the government, his ideas receded from conservatism and the conservatives criticized him, more than ever. During the support time and after separation, Ramin Fallah’s name was seen in news titles.

Ramin Fallah’s view-points and responses are evaluated as a collection of comments and interests of an expanded range of conservatives. Although he is more straight and open than his like-minded counterparts, he never forgets about his military background. Once he opens his mouth to say something, he recalls everyone than he thinks like a military force.

We are in fast while meeting Ramin Fallah in the afternoon of a summer day. Fallah’s son is his office manager.

Despite of what it seemed, Ramin Fallah showed us his happy spirit during the interview. The only time he got upset was when we recalled him that all the commanders before him in Mohammad Rasool Allah corps became martyrs. He was appointed to command in that corps, in 1985, and he was the only one who survived and turned from the battle field back to the front.

He believes that these words are nothing but some claims that are asserted in order for exaggeration and subversion. He turned the recorder off and revealed some points about Akbar Ganji, Mohsen Sazgara, Emad-al-din Baqi and the procedure of establishing that corps. We tried to talk to him about something other than politics and encourage him to comment about what has been less considered by him. Fallah is the only commander-in-chief who moved from football to corps heading, not vice versa!

It is interesting to know that Ramin Fallah was a football player in Taj team. Why are you an intimate friend of Mohammad Panjali though you played in Esteghlal team?

To be honest, I have never been interested in categorization and I befriended with players of National Youth team and football players in national camps. When I was 17 or 18, I was playing in a team that was called “Young Officers” or “The Guardians”. Then, we were playing in Nazi Abad football field. I was appointed to defense position. After a while, I took football seriously and I, even, played in Takht-e Jamshid league.

It is claimed that you were a good football player, and your life would be in a different style if war did not happen.

I do not dislike being a prominent and famous football player but a more important goal of mine in sports and football was to prove that ethics are implementable in sports and football is not all about immorality and money. A player should not reinforce his ability to do anything to reach his goals at any cost.

You speak like these issues were common at that time. Money was not important, then. The older ringmasters believe that money has ruined football.

There have been always immorality in football. These anomalies were observed, then, too. Money, sport publications and desire for fame played important roles. For example, when we were on military service, we were paid 4000- 5000 Tomans per each play we won (I was a fixed player). We were soldiers, at that time.

Which year are you talking about?

1976-1977.

However, the former generation of football players claim that there were no money at all and they were playing for the sake of zeal.

No, this is not true. There were paid great deals of money during those years. The amount of money I mentioned before was paid to a soldier in Abu-Moslem team, not to the teams in Tehran.

At that time, Paykan cost 5000 Tomans, didn’t it?

Yes, that is true. For example, I purchased a Paykan with 73.000 Tomans, in 1984. However, before the time, price of that car was 18.000 Tomans.

If you won six games, you could purchase a Paykan.

Yes, it’s true. During the last course of Takht-e Jamshid League, I played in Abu-Moslem team and also, I was a fix player in nine other games. I was 22, at that time. I was invited to the National Youth team when I was 18 (in 1974).

At that time, you started to befriend with Persepolis players, including Mr. Panjali and Mr. Parvin.

Yes, I did. I was the teammate of Mr. Panjali and Mr. Derakhshan. Mr. Parvin was my neighbor and we played in same dusty football lands. We used to play in a land on the backside of Shahbaz Field No. 3. That land, consequently, was built into a park.

You played in Taj and Afsar teams that were more depended on the government. Why did you not play in Shahin team and other similar clubs?

To be honest, I was a young player and I had many opportunities to play in Taj and Afsar teams because Mr. Shoraka was my trainer. He was a good player in terms of morality and belief. Therefore, I used that opportunity and decided to play in Afsar team that was a sub-club of Taj team.

After Islamic Revolution of Iran, Vahdat team was established in your neighborhood. However, you did not attend that team, also.

I was on the battle, at that time. However, in the war front, a land was provided for football and we had some teams. Moreover, I used to play football whenever I was in Tehran because it prevented me from physical depression. Due to these situations, I was always ready when I was in the football field.

You said that you were 22 years old in 1977. You were less than 30 when you were appointed to corps head, in 1985. I want to talk about it. How the revolution space was established? You were a football player and you did not seem to be interested in politics.

It is not true that the individuals in football world are not aware of politics.

There were few people of this kind.

Yes, there were few people of this kind.