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Dr. Yadollah Sahabi, A Eulogy

By Farid Marjai

On Friday the 12th of April, Dr. Yadollah Sahabi one of the most senior members of the democratic movement in Iran passed away. He was one of the last of the generation that supported and fought alongside the late premier Mosaddegh for the nationalization of oil in Iran. A long time ago, through his commentaries on Darwinian Evolution he advocated a reformation of traditional views. Right after the 1953 Coup, Sahabi with his close associates the late ayatollah Taleghani and late Bazargan co-founded the Iran Freedom Movement. He was the first to appear at Mosaddegh's deathbed in exile; together with ayatollah Zanjani they performed prayers and the last rites. Under the Shah Regime that was a courageous thing to do. In his demeanor and writings, Dr. Sahabi was a very fair man. Throughout the long years of struggle, he remained committed to the principles of pluralism and democracy, and denounced subjugation of a people by another.

Upon his death, messages of solidarity and sympathy poured in from all corners. Impressive eulogies were offered by student organizations, the 2nd of Khordad (official) Reformists, dissident Reformists, the secular left, ayatollah Montazeri, President Khatami, the Speaker of Majlis, and the Leader, ayatollah Khamenei. His burial ceremony on Sunday created a sense of national unity.

Who said that men/women do not make history? Yadollah Sahabi, his son and grandson at different times have been to prison as a result of their activism. The torch has been passed.

... Payvand News - 4/19/02 ... --

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