A Trust deficit that needs to be bridged urgently: Noshir Dadrawala


September 12, 2016

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Politics is too serious a matter to leave to politicians. Rightly did Federick Lewis Donaldson in a sermon at Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925 say:

“The Seven Social Sins are:
1. Wealth without work.
2. Pleasure without conscience.
3  Knowledge without character.
4. Commerce without morality.
5. Science without humanity.
6. Worship without sacrifice and
7. *Politics without principle.*

Several messages are floating around since yesterday and each warring camp has its own story!

Who is right and who is wrong? Whom to believe and whom not to?

Both “injured parties” were at the hospital and X Rays, scans and MRIs have been taken. It would be interesting to see and study the actual medical reports instead of the “posed photographs” that we all saw in a tabloid and all over the digital media

What has happened is shameful and should never have happened.

The battle is over an old alleged financial impropriety and the matter is before a court of law, so why not let the court decide? Why are scores getting settled outside the court and by taking the law in hand?

The very fact that there was a “cash transaction” was wrong. It matters not whether 25 lakh was allegedly stolen or returned to the Trust.  The fact remains that the transaction was in cash and that in it self was an act of impropriety.

Was this violence planned or provoked? Perhaps both!

Was this drama to deflect and distract attention from the real issue to now some feigned issues?  time will soon tell.

As Abraham Lincoln once said: “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

The immediate need of the hour is “cease fire”. Tempers are running high so first cool off.

Stop all personal accusations and stick to the main issue which is before the court and please let the court decide.

We are not only cutting a very sorry figure in public, but, we are, in essence, cutting our own nose to spite our own face.

Perhaps it’s the right time for elder statesmen within the community to step in to intervene and help arbitrate.

As an individual Parsi I feel deeply distressed and ashamed seeing what I am. Frankly, I feel disgusted.

As an elected representative of the community I feel morally responsible for all that I see around me. The new Board was so harmonious and there was so much good that we were collectively doing. There was even humour and laughter amid discussing serious issues?  Where and when did things change? I think we all know, but, choose not to accept the truth!

There is a breakdown of trust among the trustees. Some of the trustees are allowing their personal prejudices to cloud their thinking.
Loyalty to the Trust has become questionable.

In short, we are faced with a Trust Deficit within this charitable trust.

Is this the time for Feeling (hurt) or for Healing (internally and externally)?  As trustees, we need to be sensitive to the aspirations of the community.

As elected representatives we are morally bound to communicate with them with facts, honesty and solutions.

The community expects trustees to be “Solution Providers” instead we are becoming “Problem Providers”.

This is our internal community issue. Let us address it internally and with sensitivity.

Noshir H. Dadrawala


1 Comment

  1. Keki Unwalla

    Dear Mr. Noshir,
    Once again you are proposing to sweep the dirt below the carpet in the name of Community’s ijjat. Let it all hang out and let the world see the caliber of the so called Akbaras. Third rate people are running and ruining a first class institution…………………