There has been always a strong correlation between the structure of power in Iran and oil. Not only industry and services are heavily dependent on oil revenue, but also in a larger scale all repressive forces and institutions of dictatorial regimes rely on oil. Oil production in Iran is not only at the service of development of country, but mainly at the interests of the corrupt ruling elite and especially survival of their regime. In the case of the IRI, it is a source of state mafia to capitalise on the repressive instituions to safeguard the Mullahs in power. The regime also spends a part of this national resource to help Islamist terrorist groups in the region.
The U.N. Security Council resolutions and EU have already mentioned the possibility of oil sanctions on the IRI due to its nuclear ambitions and its strategy to export violence in the region. In the light of such resolutions and added to them the ongoing brutalities of the regime against the people of Iran, the world must timely step up: sanction on fuel supplies to Iran is the first step and is now expected.
The domestic consume of gasoline is estimated 75 million litres a day, of which 36 million is imported from India. If the import is stopped, Iran’s domestic consummation, including that of the repressive machine, of the regime, can be paralysed within a week.
India supplies a great part of the needed gasoline which helps the Mullahs’ regime to survive. India imports Iranian crude oil and exports to Iran gasoline after refining. In a perspective of an international solidarity with the oppressed people in struggle and in a fair protest action against the ongoing brutalities of the IRI after the coup d’etat, India as the biggest democracy of the world can play a curtail factor to side with the freedom-loving people of Iran in their struggle against the illegitimate regime in Iran.