[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Ferdowsi

[Date:] 28 Shahrivar 1334 [20 September 1955]

[Issue No:] 1

 

Parliament behind the door

…what Cola!

Mir Ashrafi entered the corridor and one of deputies of Tehran told him, I have good news for you; since two days ago, when you attacked the owner of the Pepsi Cola factory, 20 thousand bottles have been added to the sale of Pepsi Cola.

Mir Ashrafi said, “Please say ‘Ala Cola’, not ‘Pepsi Cola’”.

Sultan-Murad Bakhtiar stared at him to find out what would come next, so that he could answer, but Agha Shams and others entered the conversation and the case was dismissed. Later on, it was discovered that the minority [faction] had in mind that during the Sunday talk of Agha Shams, while attacking Sabet Pasal, [they would] say, “This is not Pepsi Cola; it is Ala-Cola”. However, the supporters of Mr. Ala had told them that, in such a case, they would retaliate and the case would end with detriment to the opposition, since their [the opposition’s] shortcomings are by far greater.

 

New propaganda!

In any case, Mir Ashrafi said, “All the revenue of this factory belongs to a Baha’i and I have heard that all the Baha’i physicians recommend that their patients drink Pepsi Cola”. The Member of Parliament from Tehran said: “Maybe you too are affiliated with Sabet Pasal, and are advertising in his favour? I am afraid if you only once talk against Pepsi Cola at the podium, Pepsi Cola will become scarce!...”