July 26 marked the 37th anniversary of the death of Iran’s last king, Mohammad Reza Shah. To mark the occasion, Farah Pahlavi, the country’s last queen, issued a statement saying the Shah loved Iran and had nothing on his mind except serving his country.
It was his dream to deliver a progressive country with a sustainable economic foundation and a humane and democratic social system along with individual freedoms, social justice, and economic democracy for future generations, Queen Farah added in her message.
While he has still many critics who see the Shah as a dictator and traitor, the number of Iranians who agree with the queen’s statement has been on the rise.
Today, many Iranians refer to him as the “blessed” king and believe that everything — from economy and politics to culture and society — was better in his time. In 1979, the Shah was ousted following a revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and supported by millions of Iranians.