Iran revolution

Celebrating a milestone

Print edition :

President Hassan Rouhani at a ceremony in Tehran’s Azadi Square celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on February 11. Photo: AFP/HO/Iranian Presidency

November 6, 1979: Students standing guard outside the entrance to the U.S. embassy in Tehran two days after they stormed the building and took the staff and others hostage. The “hostage crisis” lasted for 444 days. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The Iran-Iraq war, which started when the Iraqi army invaded Iran in 1980 and lasted for eight long years, was the first baptism by fire for the Islamic Revolution. Here, an undated photograph showing soldiers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on a battlefield during the war. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, an October 1971 photograph. Photo: AFP

February 5, 1979: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic, in Tehran shortly after his return from 15 years of exile. Photo: GABRIEL DUVAL/AFP

Forty years after the Islamic Revolution, the Republic of Iran has considerably expanded its diplomatic footprint and soft power.
    This article is closed for comments.
    Please Email the Editor