Bombay Parsi Punchayet bypolls from June 19

The Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) will hold its by-elections for filling an empty position on its six-member board of trustees on the weekends between June 19 and July 3. The position has been vacant since March 31, when philanthropy consultant Noshir Dadrawala resigned from the board citing reasons of incompatibility with the other trustees.

The list of candidates standing for the elections will be finalised by May 25, and all members of the Parsi community who are registered with the BPP will be eligible to vote at the community centres allotted across the city.

So far, the only candidate registered is Anahita Desai, whose nomination by the World Alliance of Parsi and Irani Zoroastrians, a city-based community organisation, has faced objections from the remaining board members because she is the wife of current trustee Yazdi Desai.

“We would like an independent candidate to stand for the elections and fill up this post, not someone’s husband or wife,” said Dinshaw Mehta, chairman of the BPP.

There are 30,000 Parsi voters officially registered with the Punchayet, but Mehta does not expect a large voter turnout for this by-election. 

The last BPP elections were held in 2008, and the usual membership term for the team of trustees is 7 years. This will be the second by-election conducted since the one in 2009 after the death of a sitting trustee, Rustom Tirandaz.

  • Homeedalal

    Yes -I fully agree with the Chairman Mr. Dinshaw Mehta, of his stand. He should try to ensure that only one candidate is filled to contest, many will divide the votes. WE MUST STOP THIS gherno ghambar. It appears that Wapiz is trying to take over entire BPP.  I LIKED THE JOKE WHEN MR & MRS DESAI  are compared to late MR.& MRS CAWASJI JEHANGIR. Kaha Raja Bhoj & Kaha Gangu Teli

    HOMI DALAL

  • Homeedalal

    Yes -I fully agree with the Chairman Mr. Dinshaw Mehta, of his stand. He should try to ensure that only one candidate is filled to contest, many will divide the votes. WE MUST STOP THIS gherno ghambar. It appears that Wapiz is trying to take over entire BPP.  I LIKED THE JOKE WHEN MR & MRS DESAI  are compared to late MR.& MRS CAWASJI JEHANGIR. Kaha Raja Bhoj & Kaha Gangu Teli

    HOMI DALAL

  • Anonymous

    If the candidate is capable and would be in a position to devote sufficient time to community work then should being related to a current Trustee be good enough a reason to disqualify her/him? Would it not be more preferable to have such a Trustee on Board rather than an arm chair Trustee who would occupy the Trustee Chair for name sake  and hardly have the time to attend to Board meetings leave aside devoting time for community work.. Mr. Dinshaw Mehta must look up past records and he will find several precedents which have worked very well. He must also not forget the people who supported him in the last elections and be grateful to them due to whom he is occupying the Chair in the BPP.

  • burjor

    If the candidate is capable and would be in a position to devote sufficient time to community work then should being related to a current Trustee be good enough a reason to disqualify her/him? Would it not be more preferable to have such a Trustee on Board rather than an arm chair Trustee who would occupy the Trustee Chair for name sake  and hardly have the time to attend to Board meetings leave aside devoting time for community work.. Mr. Dinshaw Mehta must look up past records and he will find several precedents which have worked very well. He must also not forget the people who supported him in the last elections and be grateful to them due to whom he is occupying the Chair in the BPP.

  • CONTRADHONGI.

    Burjor, You are right. I fully agree that it is no use having a Trustee who has little time to attend the meetings of the Board and  no time whatsoever to attende community welfare. You are right but then that is precisely the drawback which Yezdi Desai is alleged to be guilty of  viz. attending Board Meetings at the time of conclusion just to mark attendance. So dear Burjor, would it not be correct for him to gracefully resign and induct his capable spouse? Else  as I was reading a post dated 2008 on Facebook authored by one Phiroze, that in democracy the electorate has the right to RECALL. 

  • CONTRADHONGI.

    Burjor, You are right. I fully agree that it is no use having a Trustee who has little time to attend the meetings of the Board and  no time whatsoever to attende community welfare. You are right but then that is precisely the drawback which Yezdi Desai is alleged to be guilty of  viz. attending Board Meetings at the time of conclusion just to mark attendance. So dear Burjor, would it not be correct for him to gracefully resign and induct his capable spouse? Else  as I was reading a post dated 2008 on Facebook authored by one Phiroze, that in democracy the electorate has the right to RECALL. 

  • CONTRADHONGI.

    Dear Burjor, No offence meant but please distinguish between a BENEFACTOR PHILANTHROPIST  and a BENEFICIARY.Your comparison is invidious. to those who did philanthropy.

  • CONTRADHONGI.

    Dear Burjor, No offence meant but please distinguish between a BENEFACTOR PHILANTHROPIST  and a BENEFICIARY.Your comparison is invidious. to those who did philanthropy.

  • Contradhongi.

    Dear Burjor, I am awaiting your reply. If you do not reply to my message appearing above, I assume you are convinced about what I have posted and you have changed/revised  your own earlier views.
    Regards.

  • Contradhongi.

    Dear Burjor, I am awaiting your reply. If you do not reply to my message appearing above, I assume you are convinced about what I have posted and you have changed/revised  your own earlier views.
    Regards.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Contradhongi-You have indeed made a very valid point. The electorate must be empowered to recall dormant and unproductive Trustees and this should include the Chairman as well. The attendance for the BPP meetings of all Trustees must be published every month in Jame and the BPP Review magazine and a Trustee who has missed three consecutive meetings should stand automatically disqualified from Trusteeship. With such accountability only, there would be some semblence and sense of discipline enforced in the Boardroom. – Burjor
     

  • burjor

    Dear Contradhongi-You have indeed made a very valid point. The electorate must be empowered to recall dormant and unproductive Trustees and this should include the Chairman as well. The attendance for the BPP meetings of all Trustees must be published every month in Jame and the BPP Review magazine and a Trustee who has missed three consecutive meetings should stand automatically disqualified from Trusteeship. With such accountability only, there would be some semblence and sense of discipline enforced in the Boardroom. – Burjor
     

  • Anonymous

    Sorry Contradhongi- I did not respond to your mail asking me to distinguish between Benefactor Philanthropist and a Benificiary as I honestly could not understand your query. Pl. elaborate and I will definitely respond.

  • burjor

    Sorry Contradhongi- I did not respond to your mail asking me to distinguish between Benefactor Philanthropist and a Benificiary as I honestly could not understand your query. Pl. elaborate and I will definitely respond.

  • Contradhongi

    Dear Burjor.

    Benefactor
    is a person who helps others; is  a
    donor; patron; sponsor. He/She is one who gives aid, especially financial aid.

    Whereas a BENEFICIARY is one who receives
    anything as a gift; one who receives a benefit or advantage; esp. one who
    receives help or income .

    Now let us assume that your father or
    father in law sets up a Charity Trust and the same is registered with Charity
    Commissioner. He appoints you and your spouse as Trustees there is nothing
    wrong because your father or father in law have DONATED their  money for welfare of the public and have every
    right to appoint you and your wife or any of your children as Trustees.
    But  if this Trust has say a building for
    housing Parsees and you or your spouse decide to become tenant of one flat,
    then you become BENEFICIARIES which is unethical.

    In case of B.P.P. there are innumerable Public
    Trusts made by different persons, so there is conflict of interest. A trustee occupying
    a Trust property is considered unethical and that is true of ANY person who
    was/is/will be a Trustee. In the current controversy, the Desai’s or their
    ancestors have NOT created Trusts managed by B.P.P. particularly of the Baug in
    which they reside.

    I trust I have been able to clarify your
    query.

  • Contradhongi

    Dear Burjor.

    Benefactor
    is a person who helps others; is  a
    donor; patron; sponsor. He/She is one who gives aid, especially financial aid.

    Whereas a BENEFICIARY is one who receives
    anything as a gift; one who receives a benefit or advantage; esp. one who
    receives help or income .

    Now let us assume that your father or
    father in law sets up a Charity Trust and the same is registered with Charity
    Commissioner. He appoints you and your spouse as Trustees there is nothing
    wrong because your father or father in law have DONATED their  money for welfare of the public and have every
    right to appoint you and your wife or any of your children as Trustees.
    But  if this Trust has say a building for
    housing Parsees and you or your spouse decide to become tenant of one flat,
    then you become BENEFICIARIES which is unethical.

    In case of B.P.P. there are innumerable Public
    Trusts made by different persons, so there is conflict of interest. A trustee occupying
    a Trust property is considered unethical and that is true of ANY person who
    was/is/will be a Trustee. In the current controversy, the Desai’s or their
    ancestors have NOT created Trusts managed by B.P.P. particularly of the Baug in
    which they reside.

    I trust I have been able to clarify your
    query.

  • Contradhongi

    I support your view.

  • Contradhongi

    I support your view.

  • Farsak Ashli.

     Instread of hosting Luncheon and Dinner meetings, the candates concerned must :
    1)Start a website of their own, which should be interactive,
    @) Electorate must clearly inform the candidates that unless they declare their assets and Liabilities before Elections, they will not get the Votes,

  • Farsak Ashli.

     Instread of hosting Luncheon and Dinner meetings, the candates concerned must :
    1)Start a website of their own, which should be interactive,
    @) Electorate must clearly inform the candidates that unless they declare their assets and Liabilities before Elections, they will not get the Votes,

  • Farsak Ashli.

     Instread of hosting Luncheon and Dinner meetings, the candates concerned must :
    1)Start a website of their own, which should be interactive,
    @) Electorate must clearly inform the candidates that unless they declare their assets and Liabilities before Elections, they will not get the Votes,

  • Farsak Ashli.

     Instread of hosting Luncheon and Dinner meetings, the candates concerned must :
    1)Start a website of their own, which should be interactive,
    @) Electorate must clearly inform the candidates that unless they declare their assets and Liabilities before Elections, they will not get the Votes,

  • Farsak Ashli.

     Instread of hosting Luncheon and Dinner meetings, the candates concerned must :
    1)Start a website of their own, which should be interactive,
    @) Electorate must clearly inform the candidates that unless they declare their assets and Liabilities before Elections, they will not get the Votes,

  • Farsak Ashli.

     I have a few suggestions;
      1) All contesting candidates must be clearly informed by the electorate that they must declare their Assets and Liabilities before the election date. It is rumored that one sitting Trustee is trying to clear the outstanding bank dues of the firms of family business.
      2) Candidates must start their FORUMS on the net and candidly answer inconvenient questions themselves.
    If this is done,there will be no need for mass dinners and boozing. In fact if the latter is done, it should be treated as breach of conduct and the concerned candidate be disqualified.

  • Farsak Ashli.

     I have a few suggestions;
      1) All contesting candidates must be clearly informed by the electorate that they must declare their Assets and Liabilities before the election date. It is rumored that one sitting Trustee is trying to clear the outstanding bank dues of the firms of family business.
      2) Candidates must start their FORUMS on the net and candidly answer inconvenient questions themselves.
    If this is done,there will be no need for mass dinners and boozing. In fact if the latter is done, it should be treated as breach of conduct and the concerned candidate be disqualified.

  • Farsak Ashli.

     I have a few suggestions;
      1) All contesting candidates must be clearly informed by the electorate that they must declare their Assets and Liabilities before the election date. It is rumored that one sitting Trustee is trying to clear the outstanding bank dues of the firms of family business.
      2) Candidates must start their FORUMS on the net and candidly answer inconvenient questions themselves.
    If this is done,there will be no need for mass dinners and boozing. In fact if the latter is done, it should be treated as breach of conduct and the concerned candidate be disqualified.

  • Farsak Ashli.

     I have a few suggestions;
      1) All contesting candidates must be clearly informed by the electorate that they must declare their Assets and Liabilities before the election date. It is rumored that one sitting Trustee is trying to clear the outstanding bank dues of the firms of family business.
      2) Candidates must start their FORUMS on the net and candidly answer inconvenient questions themselves.
    If this is done,there will be no need for mass dinners and boozing. In fact if the latter is done, it should be treated as breach of conduct and the concerned candidate be disqualified.