Other Iranians of the year
April 12, 2001
The following are comments from readers about other notable Iranians
of the year along with the percentage of the votes (if more than 2%). Also see other Iranians of the year "Ganji", "Khatami,
Googoosh, Pahlavi" and "Etcetera".
Mehrangiz Kar, Shirin
Ebadi & Shahla Lahiji (3.6%)
Women's rights activists
* Fighting despite cancer
My choice is Mehranghiz Kar, elected also as woman of the year 2000 in
Europe. The reason is not only because of her activities, but also because
she has continued her fight, in prison, in court and everywhere else despite
the fact that she is seriously ill with cancer.
How can you choose anyone else (Mehrangiz Kar)? She is an icrediable
* Basic human rights
Mehrangiz Kar, Akbar Ganji, Ezzatollah Sahabi, Hassan Yousefi-Eshkevari,
and ... I can't select only one person! They are so many! These are the
people who have stood by their principles, advocated freedom of thought
and expression, tolerance, and respect for basic human rights. They chose
peaceful means for fighting their cause and, yet, they are now paying a
heavy price for speaking up.
But their suffering will not be in vain, and their message is heard by
the people in Iran and around the world. Let us hope that in the coming
year some deaf ears will hear this message, let us hope that there will
be no violation of human rights and basic freedoms, and that this year and
the years to come will be happier ones for all Iranians.
* Women's rights
I suggest Mehrangiz Kar and Shahla Lahiji as Iranians of the year (yes,
it's a tie!). Both of them have endured enormous hardships under the IRI
because of their democratic struggle for the women's rights in Iran.
* Remarkable courage
In my opinion, Ms. Shirin Ebadi should be selected as the Iranian of
the year. Her courage and persistence are remarkable.
* Very brave
My choice would be Ms. Mehrangiz Kar, lawyer and women's rights activist.
She has been very brave in carrying on with her tasks. She has symbolized
the need for big improvements in freedom and civil society in Iran.
* Lawyer, activist
My choice of the Iraniain of the year is Mehrangiz Kar, human rights
lawyer and activist.
Associate professor of Middle East studies & women's studies
West Lafayette, Indiana
Hossein Rezazadeh (2.8%)
* Strongest man of the world
My choice for the Iranian of the year is Hossein Rezazadeh who won a
gold medal in the weightlifting super heavy weight category in the Sydney
2000 Olympics. He broke the world and Olympics records in both the snatch
and total lifts and earned the title "The World's Strongest Man".
He was also named the world's best weightlifter for 2000. No other Iranian
has ever done this before.
Hossein Tavakoli and Hossein Rezazadeh for winning gold medals in the
Olympics in Sydney. I didn't choose any political figures because it seems
like the political scene in Iran has become a struggle for who has the most
power, and they have lost contact with what the people really want.
* aaghaay-e mohtaram
beh nazar-e man iranian of the year baayad oon aaghaay-e mohtaram baasheh
keh ghavitarin mard-e jahaan shod dar mosaabeghaat-e emsaal esmesh ro yaadam
rafteh vali midoonam keh to vazneh bardaari medaal-e talaa gereft va laghabeh
"Strongest man in the world" ro gereft :))
Ataollah Mohajerani (2.6%)
Former minister of culture
* With no reservation
My selection would definitely with no reservation be Mr. Ataollah Mohajerani,
the former minister of culture and the current head of the Office of Dialogue
of Civilizations. Mr. Mohajerani's defense in front of the parliament was
truly the landmark speech of the year.
Ezzatollah Sahabi (2.1%)
Ezzatollah Sahabi has been at the forefront of the struggle for democracy
AND social justice in Iran for the past fifty years, since before the 1953
Coup. His journal Iran-e-Farda was an independent critical voice
for reform; he represents all those activists who have been persecuted by
BOTH regimes. Moreover, unlike the 2nd of Khordaad activists and politicians,
he does not have baggage or a compromised history.
* Devotion to freedom
For a whole life devoted to aazaadi, erfaan, baraabari.
Editor, Encyclopaedia Iranica
* Contribution to literature
I will choose Ehsan Yarshater as the Iranian of the year-century. He
reminds me of Arash. His contribution to Persian literature knows no limitation.
The story of our tribe is a dramatic one, proud of all its highs and lows,
hurt with its deepest wounds, enriched with kindness and love.
* Iranica mastermind
I nominate Prof. Yarshater of Columbia University, the mastermind behind
Encyclopaedia Iranica, as the Iranian of the year.
DEEP DISH: Ali Shirazinia
and Sharam Tayebi
* Grammy nominees
These amazing artists are not only international stars who have defined
the dance music scence in many ways, but the Recording Industry Association
of America recognized Deep Dish for their achievements by nominating them
for a Grammy, under the "Remixer of the Year" category.
They own two record labels, which they maintain out of their Washington,
D.C. office. Sharam is not yet an American citizen, but he strives to do
so much, still being an Iranian citizen (this has presented some problems
in the past).
These guys have overcome a lot of adversity, but in a short time they
have come very far. They are great role models for Iranians everywhere.
Check them out in the new iMac commercial with other musicians such as Barry
White, Smashmouth and Ziggy Marley.
* Revived Persian music
I am voting for Hossein Alizadeh as the most distinguished musician in
Iran, who has revived and rejuvinated Persian music. I believe that he deserves
this recognition more than any, since most of these types of candidates
tend to be political figures and not social figures.
* Helping men
Rumi poems and books have been helping many people. How about making
him man of the year?