Sunday, December 20, 2009

Death of an Ayatollah

THE picture on the left sybolises the last years of the highly vocal and influential Shia cleric Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri who died in his sleep today in Qom, Iran. He was 87.

His difference with Ayatollah Khomeini on the true values of the Islamic revolution made sure that he spent the rest of his life in the city of Qom behind books. From being a student and immediate successor to Khomeini to advocating the cause of human rights in Iran, Montazeri never shied away from giving his opinions come what may. On the recent Iranian elections and its surprise outcome he has this to say-

"If Iranians cannot talk about their legitimate rights at peaceful gatherings and are instead suppressed, complexities will build up which could possibly uproot the foundations of the government, no matter how powerful."

It can only come from someone who played an important part in the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran which helped remove the Shah.

He may have died but his words will forever question any setup where people's rights are infringed.

No comments: