Iran, a Different Experience for Every Foreign Tourist: Indian Daily

NEW DELHI (Dispatches) – An Indian daily has written in an article that Iran is surprisingly different from what the West is trying to introduce to the world as part of its propaganda campaign.
Tarun Vijay, a former Indian lawmaker who recently had a trip to the Iranian city of Shiraz, has written an article in Telegraph India that “our relations with the Persian people go beyond strategic needs. It’s a matter of the heart.”
“For me, the journey to Persia was also a matter of de-learning some things and weaving something new – a serenade of serenity is what I would call it,” he was quoted as saying in a report by IRNA.
This Indian researcher has also commented that Iran is not like any other country for India. “Since the days of King Darius to the Mughals, and from the families of Jamshetji Tata and Godrej to Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw and Ghorban Mohammadpour, we have had so much of Persia amidst us. So much that it has silently merged into our being, giving a distinct flavor to our languages, culture, strengths, mores and habits. But the presence in Iran is a very different experience for any traveller who wants to travel to the country.”
“The three days I spent in Iran just a few weeks ago changed a lot of my perceptions about that country, its people and culture. Iran, as routinely reported to us by Western governments and media agencies, is everything that stands against human values and democratic practices. Is that stereotype true? Should I not say something about what I saw and experienced for myself?” writes Vijay
He further mentions that Iran must be seen and understood by Indians through the eyes of Indians. “Iran is a people, something that defines itself in unmatched subtlety and finesse; it’s a poet’s dream, it’s dance, it’s drama, it’s fun. It is a land of unparalleled brilliance and beauty.”
“We in India might still be debating about our Aryan roots, but Iran is sure and proud to be an Aryan land. That name itself – Iran – is directly derived from the word Aryan.”
“They are different from every other Muslim land – so distinctly refreshing and civilized that it cannot but strike a visitor. We could see a softer, liberal, open side of Iranian society, a side not often showcased. Restaurants were as noisy and chaotic rolling with all types of kebabs. A large number of cars on the roads were driven by women, who not just waved at our visiting caravan but also shouted with their necks out – Hello! Welcome to Iran!”

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