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[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:] Eslahat

[Date:] 7 Khordad 1334 [29 May 1955]

[Issue No:] 117

 

His Majesty the Shah, Sardar Fakhr[1] and Falsafi

 

Yesterday, I noticed a group of traders and merchants from the bazaar, whom we always used to hear making derogatory comments about Mr. Falsafi. They never used to listen to me defending him. They had changed their minds and were stating that his [Falsafi’s] talks about the Baha’is, from wherever they had originated, were very good. This caused him to gain back his honour, and they said that it was appropriate that all his talks be collected and published in a book or as a story in all newspapers.  Meanwhile, they asked me to remind Sadar Fakhr that his speech in parliament about the Baha’is, contrary to its title, had been interpreted as support from him, and that many people are dissatisfied with him and have complained, because people are seriously demanding that the suggested bill by Mr. Safaei, the representative of Qazvin, be approved.  It is also expected from the personage of the Shah, who presently holds in his capable hands the leadership of the country, that no consideration nor tolerance [should be shown to the Baha’is and that he should] remove the danger of the Baha’is from this country, as they are a thousand times more dangerous than the Tudehis[2].

 

[1] [Reza Hekmay (1891-1978), known as Sardar Fakhr:  Former parliamentarian and prime minister of Iran]

[2] [Tudehis:  Members of the Tudeh Party, “Social Democrats” and the “Communist Party of Iran” 1920]