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Chalo Udvada: The First Iranshah Udvada Utsav 2015

Chalo Udvada: The First Iranshah Udvada Utsav 2015

The Foundation for Development of Udvada & the Udvada Samast Anjuman are very pleased to announce that the first ever ‘Iranshah Udvada Utsav’ will be celebrated on December 25-26-27, 2015 at Udvada. Hon’ble Narendra Modi, in 2014, just a couple of weeks after assuming office as Prime Minister, had invited Dasturji Khurshed Dastoor, Mrs. Homai…

Indian Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh Meets with UNESCO PARZOR Team

Indian Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh Meets with UNESCO PARZOR Team

“Though very small in number comprising a minuscule fraction of India’s total population, the Parsi community has consistently and remarkably enriched the Indian society over the years”. This was stated here today by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances,Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space,…

Mumbai’s Parsis fight to preserve the city’s greenest space in Dadar

Mumbai’s Parsis fight to preserve the city’s greenest space in Dadar

The Parsi colony in Mumbai’s Dadar neighbourhood is unique. It is the world’s largest concentration of Parsis, now down to its last 80,000 despite the community’s wealth and education. Article by Bachi Karkaria | The Guardian Locally, this central urban enclave is everything that this great Indian city is not: low-rise, languorous, its 25 acres…

Surat’s Garda College’s lost glory to be restored

A new governing body in S B Garda Trust, one of the oldest Parsi educational trusts in south Gujarat, has brought to an end differences simmering for two decades and also controversies involving its earlier members. The new governing body has promised to restore the institution’s past glory despite court cases still pending against faculty…

Spotlight’s on khandias, the Parsi ‘untouchables’

Spotlight’s on khandias, the Parsi ‘untouchables’

Sam Vesuna was 19 when he became a pallbearer at the Parsi Towers of Silence at Malabar Hill. Today, bodies laid to rest in the roofless towers putrefy below solar panels, but at that time, hungry birds of prey still slouched along their stone walls. Article by Nergish Sunavala | Times of India “When I…

The curious case of the vanishing Parsis

The curious case of the vanishing Parsis

“I’ll grow up to be a math teacher,” declares Delicia Billimoria. Looking at the ease with which she demolishes a complex multiplication assignment on a canvas blackboard hung in her living room at her Surat apartment, the seven-year-old with pigtails and a bucktooth smile appears to have a way with numbers. Article by Aasheesh Sharma|…

Kolkata Parsi Zoroastrians file petition in high court against Snoop Dogg video

The Parsi Zoroastrian community in Kolkata is up in arms against a video uploaded on YouTube that they feel is blasphemous and shows disrespect to the ‘Faravahar’, a symbol held sacred by them. Darayas Jamshed Bapooji, president of the Parsi Zoroastrian Association of Kolkata has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Calcutta high court…

Toronto’s Jashan In the Baug: A Photo Essay

Toronto’s Jashan In the Baug: A Photo Essay

On July 21, 2015 the Ontario Zoroastrian Community Foundation (OZCF), located on beautiful 10 acres of land, held a huge event of “Jashan in the Baug” on their premises at 1187 Burnhamthorpe Road East Oakville, Ontario. Canada, This event was specially organized to recognize the Mobeds who from many years have continued to provide religious…

Parsi Punchayet sweepers, pallbearers threaten strike

Parsi Punchayet sweepers, pallbearers threaten strike

On Monday, over 230 Class IV workers including the Tower of Silence’s pallbearers sported red Gandhi topis with their union’s name “Mumbai Mazdoor Sabha“ emblazoned across. This was the first phase of a peaceful protest, which will escalate into a strike if the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) continues to evade their demands for higher wages,…