The Anniversary of Dr. Mohammed Reza Ameli-Tehranis Martyrdom
The 18th of Ordibehesht marks the 27th anniversary of the martyrdom
of Dr. Mohammed Reza Ameli-Tehrani, university professor-physician-writer-poet-thinker
and one of the founders of modern Iranian nationalism, the Pan Iranism
Dr. Ameli was born in 1927 (1306 Khorshidi). After graduating from
the University of Tehran Medical College and completing his residency
specializing in anesthesiology, he joined the Universitys Medical
Dr. Ameli-Tehrani started his political activities at age 14 and was
a life-long nationalist. He is considered the leading thinker of Iranian
nationalism by most Iranian nationalists having authored several books
and numerous articles on the subject. I am honored to say that he
is the person who has influenced my own liberal (Azadi-Khaei), democratic
(Mardom-Salari), and nationalist (Melli Garaei) tendencies.
The teachings of Dr. Ameli-Tehrani shed new light on Iranian nationalism
by emphasizing the unity of Iranians in one united sovereign nation
with full respect and equality for all Irans ethnic, linguistic
and religious groups. It is a cultural nationalism based on history
and culture of the Iranian nation rather than any strict ideology.
It is a nationalism that incorporates freedom, democratic values,
and mutual respect in relations with other nations. Also, it is a
nationalism that is preserving and defensive, not offensive and expansionist.
Dr. Ameli-Tehrani also emphasized working closely with countries that
share Irans heritage, culture, values and language in all areas
of education such as establishing a common Language and Cultural Academy;
student, professor and other educational exchange programs; and economic
and commercial cooperation. And, at the same time having good relations
with all countries based on mutual respect.
After 60 years, it seems that many Iranians now believe in this constructive
form of nationalism.
Dr. Ameli-Tehrani lived a very simple life in a rented apartment and
drove an old beat-up Paykan. For luxury and materialism, he cared
less than nothing. He had no wealth to leave behind and his wife and
four children were left in absolute poverty.
Dr. Ameli was a great man who not only believed, but also truly lived
on the principle on serving Iran and the Iranian nation and ultimately
sacrificed himself for that cause. Sacrifice was the essence and making
of Dr. Amelis life. His last will and testament was full of
references to Iran and ended with his final wish from his family:
Do not think about me, think about Iran.
May he rest in peace as a symbol to those who died for Iran and an
inspiration for those who live for Iran.