Granddaughter of Islamic Republic Founder Says She Hopes to Start ‘A Color Revolution’
The granddaughter of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, wants to start a revolution in Iran– “a color revolution.”
Zahra Eshraghi, one of the privileged few in Iran with access to social media, told news website Asharq Al-Awsat she would like to see the Iranian regime ease its crackdown on the dresscode in the country. All Iranian women are expected to cover their bodies and hair, but not their faces.
“I am opposed to any police crackdown on the dress code because I believe that such measures will have no effect. As long as this law is in effect, we have to object to it. The entire dress code law must be annulled,” she said.
Eshraghi, who considers herself fashionable, said that for starters, she’d like to see Iranians–specifically women–dress in more colorful outfits.
“For example, my grandfather—Ayatollah Khomeini—always said that the color black is not a good color to wear. That’s why I attribute my own dress sense to my family background. I even planned to issue a call to Iranian women via Facebook to begin dressing in happier colors,” she told the website.
Despite the restrictions, Eshraghi believes that Iranians are inherently stylish. Not only does she claim that they compete with the rest of the world’s sartorial sense, she believes they exceed it.
“I agree that there are some harsh restrictions in Iran, but the most stylish boys and girls in the world are found here in Tehran. Some time ago, I returned from a trip abroad and I discovered that Iranian girls are more stylish than the Europeans, despite the restrictions,” she claimed.
Eshraghi didn’t limit her comments to fashion, however. She also saved time to criticize the regime of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
“Tough economic sanctions, failed foreign policy, and sanctions are all legacies of the Ahmadinejad Administration, and so I think everybody is seeking a way out of these woes. So I don’t think we will see a return to this period,” she said.
“The last elections, which brought Mr. Rouhani to power, were a continuation of (those on) May 1997 [which brought ‘reformist’ Mohammad Khatami to power]. This showed that the Iranian people still want reforms. Despite an eight-year hiatus and the unfortunate arrival in power of an anti-reform government, people showed that they still want reforms,” Eshraghi added.
Since taking office in August, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has embarked on a charm offensive in the hopes of alleviating sanctions against his country enacted by the West in response to Iran’s nuclear program, the purpose of which, many countries believe is to obtain nuclear weapons. Rouhani’s efforts have proved fruitful thus far, with a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama and diplomatic discussions between the two countries being counted among the victories for the Islamic Republic.
Israeli officials, on the other hand, remain skeptical. During his speech at the UN General Assembly in September, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Rouhani’s ameliorative tone was “a ruse” and “a ploy.”
“I wish I could believe Rouhani, but I don’t because facts are stubborn things. And the facts are that Iran’s savage record flatly contradicts Rouhani’s soothing rhetoric,” Netanyahu said.