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.
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.