The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav
LONDON, (CAIS) -- Farmers in Hajiabad village in Fars province have offered to sell their farmlands near the historic site of Naqsh-e Rostam to the Office for the Esfahan-Shiraz Railway Project.
In recent years the Islamic republic has stepped up its' cultural-cleansing of the pre-Islamic Iranian heritage under the banner of development projects. The regime has undermined and destroyed large number of major cultural landmarks associated with the ancient Iranian civilisation, particularly the Median, Achaemenid, Parthian and Sasanian dynasties, to deprive the Iranian nation of their rich ancient heritage - the recent example of such a policy was the inundation of Sivand Dam in April 16.
The constructions of the new railroad which would ensure the destruction of the Achaemenid Kaaba of Zoroaster and other monuments in Naqsh-e Rostam is in accordance with the cultural cleansing orchestrated by the Taliban-style regime in Iran.
hatred of the extremist clerics for the pre-Islamic Iran and Iranian nation in
general is such that they, like the Taliban of Afghanistan who destroyed the
towering Buddhist sculptures at Bamiyan, intend not only to eradicate the
ancient heritage, but even to erase all traces of its existence in that land. In
their determination to rid Iran of the pre-Islamic past and obliterate its very
memory, not only is a crime against Iranian peoples, but humankind in general.
One of the most-notorious clerics in Iran, Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali, who was renowned for his brutality and mass executions in post-revolutionary Iran, had hopelessly tried to bulldoze and level-down Persepolis. However, the inhabitants of the nearby city of Shiraz set up barricades and risked their lives by laying down in front of the bulldozers – so saving the ancient site from destruction. Khalkali had intended to continue on to attack the mausoleum of Ferdowsi, as the greatest Persian composer of the greatest Persian epic, Shahnameh, but was dissuaded by the strongly negative public reaction at Persepolis.
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