The Anniversary: Buttressing Cultural Revolution in Iran, Again


TEHRAN: On Thursday, February 11, the Iranian nation will celebrate the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

Millions will hit the streets nationwide to once again make allegiance to the lofty principles of the Cultural Revolution that happened almost simultaneously back in 1979.     

The subject matter is so important that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a decree has already communicated the outlines of cultural and scientific policies to the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, with an emphasis on the need to strategically manage challenges facing the country in cultural domain in such critical times. 

Ayatollah Khamenei says the Council should keep an eye on key and fundamental fields/issues such as generation of science, lifestyle, education, research, popular culture, and cultural engineering. 

According to Ayatollah Khamenei, “The country should never slow down when it comes to scientific growth and the Council is duty-bound to keep that momentum.”

The decree is under Clause 1 of Article 110 of the Iranian Constitution and after consultations with the State Expediency Council.

Ayatollah Khamenei maintains that fear of the flourishing Islamic Revolution is the main reason behind the outside powers’ bluster and muscle-flexing falsities – particularly in these critical times. That’s why he keeps touching upon the importance of protecting the country’s Cultural Revolution.

No doubt, certain powers still dread the prospects of an influential Islamic Republic in the region and beyond, as the country’s astonishing achievements in various scientific, technological and defense fields have visibly infuriated and disheartened many from putting into action their immoral stratagems and fantasies.

In his decree, however, the Leader has shown the way ahead for the nation based on the principles of cultural protection, innovation, comprehensive vision and resistance.

In this respect, innovation/modernization is a must in the age of information technology and communication. Once amalgamated with indigenous talent and culture, it can heighten national integrity and unison, while demoralizing unity and resolve behind the enemy lines.

Without question, the Islamic Revolution and its Cultural Revolution prospered under the shadow of this novelty. More important though, identifying the potential talents in the society and turning them into a powerful taskforce could only be realized through the much-needed mechanism of innovation in modern fields such as nuclear, technology and IT. Accordingly, innovation has been and still is the driving force behind the country’s ongoing cultural and scientific achievements/prosperities.

The second principle opined by the Leader concerns the conventional culture of resistance. As is, cultural and armed resistance guarantees effective existence and survival in both domains. Of course, there is a huge difference between minimized existence and effective existence.

An effective existence means staying away from a played-down or minimized political life and instead choosing a path in which national resources and objectives enjoy a goal-oriented relation. For that reason and no other, it is essential for the Islamic Republic to resist its sworn enemies come what may – even a nuclear deal. It goes without saying that resistance on every front has minimized the country’s susceptibility to the West and its internal elements.

In summation, on Thursday, the nation, the government and the parliament will once again hit the streets to join forces with cultural organizations to walk progressively in the path of Cultural Revolution, as well as innovation, comprehensive vision and resistance that have been drawn up by their Leader and their Constitution so effectively for the years to come. It’s the only way ahead that can guarantee national security, prosperity and contentment in such a volatile world with all that aggression and all that regime-change fantasies.

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