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The book the Baloch in Post Islamic Revolution Iran: A Political Study  which was published in April 2010 was my sixth book. As the title suggests, this book is a political study of the Iranian Balochistan from 1979 to 2008.


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It is organized into six chapters. In brief, chapter one contextualizes the Baloch question. It deals with the political culture of Baloch, their system of empirical beliefs, expressive symbols, and values which defines the situation in which political action takes place. It also discusses Reza Shah’s British supported military coup which established him as the Shah of Iran in 1925; as well as, his military encounter in 1928 with Doust Mohammad Khan Baranzai (ruler of the western or Iranian Balochistan). The chapter explains why majority of Baloch lacked a comprehension of actual state of political life and values in politics and why for years they remained in a passive state of affairs.
 
Chapter two presents the demographic profile of Baloch in Iran. It explains the educational and occupational status of Baloch and describes their social institutions like societal norms and religious faith. As far as the educational and occupational status of Iranian Baloch is concerned, the chapter compares the developmental policies of Pahlavi regime with that of the Islamic Republic. It explains and points out some of the reasons for the Baloch's highest rate of illiteracy in Iran.
 
Chapter three describes the political status of Baloch after the Islamic revolution in Iran. Therefore, the focus is on a brief analytical study of the constitutional structure, constitutional status of the Iranian Baloch, and their socio-political status in Iran. The chapter talks about the centralization of power in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In this regard, a number of major political institutions of the Islamic Republic, such as the Islamic consultative assembly, guardian council, leadership, and the revolutionary guards are referred to. It goes on to assess the status of the Baloch elite of Iran --- the tribal masters and chiefs who constitute the chieftaincy group; the mullahs and religious instructors who constitute the Sunni clergy group; and the intelligentsia, academicians, doctors, state employees, managers, and politicians who constitute the educated group.
 
The thrust of chapter four is to investigate those developments undertaken by the Islamic Republic towards the Baloch in economic, social, cultural, and political spheres. The chapter compares Balochistan of pre-1979 revolution with the Balochistan of post-1979 revolution and explains how the entire composition of Balochistan comparatively changed for good in post-Islamic revolution. It also compares Balochistan with other provinces in Iran, which has failed to keep up with the rest of the country in agricultural, industrial, and commercial developments. The chapter refers to the various public and private projects and reports undertaken by different organizations, such as the administration & planning organization of Sistan & Balochistan.
 
Chapter fivestudies the nature of Baloch politics in Iran which has been discussed in four phases. The first phase deals with Baloch politics before the Islamic revolution. The second section focuses on major political developments that occurred within the first decade of the Islamic Republic. The third part is concerned with politics in the second decade of the Islamic Republic. And, the final part touches upon the major political developments undertaken in the third decade of the Islamic Republic. The chapter deals with the issue of why majority of Baloch live under the supremacy of their religious elders. It also discusses the form of political participation of the Baloch in Iran.
 
Chapter six or the final chapter has been organized into the following parts. The first focuses on the outcome of religious political developments in Balochistan, on how religion has been politicized. The second examines the major socio-political demands of Baloch, to what extent their demands have been fulfilled by central government. The third deals with the concept of national unity and Islamic integrity; to what extent this policy has been successful. The fourth looks at Iran's mono-ethnic approach towards the Baloch. The fifth refers to the emergence of recent Baloch insurgency, what lies behind politics of insurgency. The sixth explores the political inclination of the Baloch --- do they prefer autonomy or looking for independence. The seventh concentrates on the effects of global communication over political developments in Balochistan. The eighth section presents a hypothesis on the future of Baloch politics under the Islamic Republic of Iran.  And, the final section deals with a proposal to the problem. Finally, the study ends with the conclusions by reviewing the book briefly. 
 
The language I used in this book is simple. The book has been assessed by a number of Iranians, Indians, Pakistanis, and Western experts. Some of these experts have strongly criticized the structure of the book, and some of them have appreciated the work. Whatsoever, I admit that I rushed to publish the work and as a result the book is not free from mistakes. I have accepted and welcomed some of the suggestions given by the critics. The publication which was printed in April 2010 is of limited copies and so cannot be found easily. However, few numbers are available in some of the libraries of the departments/universities in Pune of India and at few universities in Balochestan of Iran.


ISBN: 978-0-557-32837-6
Printed in India for private circulation by Ajay Copiers
April 2010


To read the book in PDF format:  http://hdl.handle.net/10603/3809
 
Title: The Baloch in post Islamic revolution Iran: a political study
 
Researcher: Taheri, Ahmad Reza
 
Guide(s): Sumant, Yashwant
 
Keywords: Islamic Republic Baloch
Islamic Consultative Assembly

 
Issue Date: 25-Apr-2012
 
University: University of Pune
 
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10603/3809
 
Appears in Departments: Department of Politics & Public Administration


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After scanning this book, I found as the author acknowledged many weaknesses and mistakes, which illustrate that for a Ph.D. standards it is a poorly researched thesis. For example, he says that (Abdul Samad Barakzai (a BLF !) has been assassinated) while there is no such a person and his name is (Abdul Samad Ameri (not a BLF), and the man is still breathing as far as I know!). In addition, the author disregard and ignore the most comprehensive publication on the Baluch political culture (Breseeg 2004, Inayat 1986), not to mention his biased Iranian nationalist oriented approach towards the Baluch Independence question.  However some recent information’s can be useful, but in general that is my opinion of it. It could’ve been better if he have taken more time, thought and effort.

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I don't see how or why would you touch a topic that you can't actually handle and give its fair due of research and academic integrity. In short he should've picked another topic from the beginning. What he did is misleading and could be cited against the Baluch people.