Don't let them misguide
What is going on? Why now? Who is going to benefit?
By Maryam Eskandari
August 11, 2003
Dear Elyar, [We
I guess, living in Tabriz for about 18
years of my life, since I was 8, and
having both my parents, my grandparents, my greatgrandparents,....from
Tabriz, basically Azerbaijan, would make me an eligible person
in your mind
to talk about Azeries, I hope.
Hence, as an Iranian who has special thought for
Azerbaijan due to her love to her country and not beacause of ethnicity,
I do not agree when you
say "we the people of Azerbaijan do not have the right to read and write
our own language, follow our customs and habits and have Azeri names for our
children." Who has said so?
I do not specifically recall anyone in my family,
relatives, and friends, in high school, university of Tabriz, at
work and ... to ever argue that
matters, not because they are not allowed to say so, but simply becasue they
don't feel the same way.
I just would like to remind you and hopefully some
others that not all Azeris think the same way as you do. Just
the opposit, there are people like
me that since my early childhood, has always been taught by my "Tabrizi" father,
that I am an Iranian first, and then an Azeri.
Please someone out there let me
know what is happening these days? Reading discussion and unrealistic arguments
try to manipulate
Iranian-Azeris (of course not yours - because you obviously are one of the
most understanding ones), and thinking of them later on and on make me feel
sad, confused, angry, and of course worried, all at the same time!
going on? Why now? Who is going to benefit? Is is us, Azeris, or
the ones who prefer to see this land in the foreigner hands, just to become
a future prime minister or so? Please, read Baraitna's comments one more
nationalism is Iranian nationalism]. In a second thought, I am sure you would find them RIGHT.
Please, please, please, be more careful and do not forget what people
like Chehregani and few others are planning to do to this part of the
country in the name of ethnicity concerns. Let's do not let them misguide
us by their non-Iranian belief. It is much more than a simple confusion about
culture and language. I am sure you know it much better than me.
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