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
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.