War narrators effective in Soft Power; Shamkhani
Admiral Ali Shamkhani, a prominent Sacred Defense commander, said that grounds should be broken for introduction of the power produced by the literati and narrators of the Sacred Defense.
IBNA: The first assembly of Sacred Defense Narators was held on May 28 in the presence of narrators from Sepah and Admiral Ali Shamkhani, head of the Strategic Defense Research Center at the community hall of the Sacred Defense Research and Documentation Center.
In his opening speech, Dr Hussein Ardestani, head of the Sacred Defense Research and Documentation Center, stated that the assembly will be held annually in assessment of various aspects of war narration in the presence of Sacred Defense narrators. He also highlighted the establishment of the War Narration Section in Sepah’s political bureau 31 years ago in 1981.
He marked the activities of Sepah narrators as a national innovation and added that the companionship of narrators with war commanders for assembly and recording documents was an experience never undertaken in Iran’s history. “Unfortunately, both the Sacred Defense Research and Documentation Center and war narrators are still unknown to the society. Despite the fact that most of Sepah’s former commander knew about the center and its activities, their successors often express astonishment to hear about the center.”
Ardestani went on to say that the assembly will become the backbone of the center’s research studies. “The assembly is aimed at gathering intact memories of war, revisiting the narrators and exchanging ideas of the center’s future research plans,” he added.
Later in the assembly, Admiral Ali Shamkhani, head of Strategic Research Center for Defense and a former Sacred Defense commander, highlighted the role war narrators played in generation of soft power and underlined the difficulty of collecting over 33,000 documented tapes by war narrators of Sepah (Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution) given the time’s limited facilities.
He further marked the perseverance of narrators and cooperation of commanders in collection of the documents and added, “The narrators were no normal military which is why the Sacred Defense Research and Documentation Center was formed. They were learned, updated penmen that grew even better after practice.”
He further asserted that the soft power generated by the narrators should be used in proper fields. He also called on the center’s researchers to pay more heed to the quantity of the works.
At the end of the assembly, Mehdi Ansari was praised as the best manager of the center and some of the writers, researchers and translators of the Sacred Defense Research and Documentation Center like Majid Nadaf, Saeid Sarmadi, Reza Sadeghi, Yahya Niazi, Hamed Kolahdouz, Hajar Ardestani, Mohammad Ali Khorrami, Amir Hussein Keihan-Panah, Davoud Olamaei and Hussein Yekta were honored.
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