“Why are you calling it isolation? We perceive it as independence,” said Prof. Fakr, in his mid 60s. He was asked his opinion about the probable end to Iran’s ‘isolation’ following its nuclear deal with P5+1.
“They can. But we also can,” said graphic artist Mehdi, 32. He was reflecting on how Iranians could watch so many foreign channels in Farsi? Can’t the ‘Mullah Regime’ stop people from viewing these if it so wish?
“You think we like it? We have accepted it willy nilly,” said engineer Tahmineh, 28. She was expressing her thoughts about Iran’s dress-code for women.
“According to the 2013 Human Development Report (HDR), during 1980-2012, Iran’s Human Development Index (HDI) value… has been about double the global average growth rate… India and Pakistan experienced different degrees of progress toward increasing their HDIs and Iran clearly outpaced both of them.” United Nations Information Centre, Tehran. 30 April, 2013.
November, 2015. Twenty days across Iran. Lodged mostly at Iranian homes. Candid exchanges with people across regions, genders and ages. Nilanjan Hajra discovers a nation, achieving spectacular successes, grappling with difficult issues and trying to construct an alternative to the consumerist Western model of development.