Reza Pahlavi’s stand on the issue of Federalism


areyo barzan
by areyo barzan


At the first glance Reza Pahlavi’s position towards Federalism might have stoned or even bewildered many people including his followers let alone the republican camp who wasted no time in order to use his statement on his issue as a hammer to bash the monarchists over the head.

However by just having a deeper look trough a pair of trained eye (while trying to contain one’s hate and prejudice) one could see the elegance of the action performed and the talent of the politician behind it

As I mentioned before politics is like a game of chess and to be an effective talented politician one needs to always think a few moves a head and try  to read the mind of the opponent and patterns of his/her movement. In the case of federalism I believe that is what RP is doing.

Now, before labelling me with any political orientation, please let me elaborate. In order to understand the reason behind such smart move by RP one first needs to understand two very important issues.

1-     Firstly the notion of federalism is not something that has been started by RP or even IRI but it has been around for a very long time. In fact since the reign of his grand father. Federalism has been pumped into the public mind by different groups and countries each of whom were only interested in serving their own interests. From groups of ethnic separatists to the local Khans and war lords who wanted more power and autonomy to be able to do what they wanted, to the foreign powers, and likes of Russians, British and French who always wanted to break up this country into small peaces in order to be able to control it better (divide and rule). Not to mention our dear old neighbours to the North, South, East and West who have always had and still do have their unclean eyes to parts of this sacred land.

So as I told you although RP has not created this dilemma but as a responsible politician he had to deal with it in the best way he could and that will bring me to my next point

2-     As a Potential leader RP’s reaction needed to be in such way that considering our attitudes as a nation he would get the best desired outcome.

Yes! You heard it right, “our attitude as a nation”, as for anyone who has dealt with this nation can confirm that we are a nation of negative mourning people.

We always find it easier and more desirable to disagree and argue rather than agree or at least stay quiet when the other party is right

But you do not need to take my word for it as I can set you up with a simple challenge.

Just go to the blog section on this very site and create a simple blog of just one sentence stating that

“The sky is blue and blue is beautiful”.

I assure you that within minutes you will get many negative responses. from people who will tell you that actually the sky is not blue but a light ruby colour, to those who state that the blue colour is actually an illusion created by the breakage of sunlight and not to mention those who think a cloudy sky is much more beautiful than blue as it brings rain and life with it and so on and so forth.

Now being confronted with such dilemma I think RP have made the best move to get the results he wanted.

Just imagine if RP actually rejected federalism in its entirety and even adapted exactly the same reasons raised by our friend Mr Kamran for taking such position. What do you think would have happened?

You could bet your bottom dollar that from the next day an army of numbing nay bobs of negation would have started their campaign against him and in favour of federalism and even people like our friend Mr Kamran here or even you and I  would have started bragging about the forgotten rights of different nations that make this country and the right to self determination for our ethnic minorities and not to mention the people who would have brought issues of race or even ethnic ridicule and hatred into the argument as well.

In fact we would not have been stoppable short of tearing this country into peaces just to prove that I am right and you are wrong.

So what RP smartly did here was to turn the table on us and by firstly putting him self in the position of the potential ceremonial king not willing or even being able to make any solid promise on one hand and by NOT saying no to federalism on the other, instead of having to defend the integrity of our borders from an army of bigots and philosopher wanabees, arguing in favour of federalism for ever and ever, he left such task to his opponents, his critics and the likes of Mr Kamran or even you an I to defeat, kill and berry this notion of federalism once and for all.

As I told you before politic is just like a game of chess. Just as one might sacrifice a solder in order to take out a knight, a castle or even check mate the opponent RP also accepted to pay the price of being criticised right left and centre in short term in order to get rid of such nagging and dangerous issue as federalism that might ultimately lead to a breakup of our country, once and for all and he did it without having to even make a single argument one way or another

Now! To me that is a smart move by a clever politician who understands the rules of the game and at the end of the day that what you are up against.


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Banafsheh Zolfaghari

Rambling, Rambling, Rambling

by Banafsheh Zolfaghari on

So much talk; my good God!

So much talk! 

Stop it all.  Rome is burninig, enough with the pontifications!

Action my dear, action! 

Rambling, Rambling, Rambling 



areya, yes your perception is valid

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

however, what if the west continues down this current path and eventually invades iran, they will impose their version of federalism on to Iranians, Isn't rp up against too much or do you see an opportunity for iranians soon?



by JustAnIranian on

I just watched the video again. Either they are very stupid or they are being financed from North Azerbaijan.


not a majority

by JustAnIranian on

A person that lives in Holland and is a seperatist, is an idiot. Holland is one country that has only benefited from the concept of the EU - which is based on taking away borders.  Being a Federalist and seperatist are two very different things.

I would be surprised if Hasan Shariatmadari shares these views. He is well known and respected in Azerbaijan.

The Azeris are just as frustrated and disgusted by the IRI as we are. Unfortunately it seems that the Azeris are not as organized as the Kurds. All groups and political parties don't speak with the same voice.

I wouldn't listen to a loud minority, if I were you. For now what we can all do is stop cracking stupid jokes about the Azerbaijani turks and mind our manners.


Our friends in South Azerbaijan have little patience with RP

by anglophile on


Astute observation dear

by vildemose on

Astute observation dear Aryo. That is exactly what he is doing... 

Reminds me of Thirty Years' War:


All Oppression Creates a State of War--Simone De Beauvoir


Perpetual question for iranian Kurds, Azari, Arab, Balouch...

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

has always been:

Which side of the border will I be treated better? where I can speak in my own language, practice my own religion freely, where my natural resources are not taken away from me , and I am left to live in poverty....

Under the Islamic Republic of vali Faghih, the answer is very clear, no matter we like it or not......

for the rest of us, we should  read the good comment from JustAnIranian instead of taking the petty, fake,  tired  "fars nationalist" line, now taken by that failed hojjatieh clown, Mahmoud Ahmadinezhad and his ilk.... 

Thanks for the good blog Aryo Barzan.

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


End of Iran

by MRX1 on

Federalism base on ethnicity is the most backward ideology that any one can recommand for Iran and it will cause bloody end of Iran as we know it. There is not one person in Iran that is not a by product of various tribes and thnicties.Take a look at your own faimily and you will find people of various races and ethnicities mix together. Furthermore it's not as if all the so called ethnicties live in one isolated areas and enclave  with no access or connection to the other places in Iran. Federalism base on ethnicty will create a false and stronger sense of local and regional identity verses national identity and in time it will cause tension, friction, discrimination and finally Yoguslavian style civil war.

I can underestand why seprestists love this solution but for rest of us you folks better think twice and better think deeply before recommanding this kind of medicne to the patient that does not need it.



by JustAnIranian on

Nobody pays attention to the fact that Iran was already a kind of a federal system before Reza Shah. He changed it due to the issues in his time. It is time again for change and I think Reza Pahlavi is exactly on the right track. 

Germany, Switzerland, and of course the United States are very stable countries based of federalism.

It is the only fair way and I am on his side of this 100%


Aryo, with Your clarification I

by Azarbanoo on

Am liking RP more and more as a constitutional monarch.