Parsis get new community newspaper

The Parsi-Zoroastrians, who have a vibrant community press, have got their latest newspaper. On Saturday, free copies of the first issue of the weekly, Parsi Times, reached many homes.

By Manoj R Nair | DNA

At present, the two main publications covering community news are the 178-year-old English-Gujarati weekly Jam-e-Jamshed and the bi-monthly magazine Parsiana. Earlier, a Gujarati daily, Jam-e-Jamshed is now a bilingual catering to the younger section of the community who do not read Gujarati.

Freyan Bhathena, editor of Parsi Times, said, “The community is getting stuck with issues that are more relevant to the older generation. Young people are tired of that conversation. As far as the community press is concerned, there is a void for young people. We need a fresh set of views.”

The 16-page all-colour newspaper hopes to reach 10,000 Parsi-Zoroastrian homes. It features columns on finance, apart from community news. The new paper is, however, not just aimed at young readers alone. Bhathena said that it will be bilingual with a Gujarati section for older readers.

For nearly two centuries the Parsis have had their own newspapers and magazines to represent various views on issues concerning the community. The Mumbai Samachar, which was first published in 1882, is the oldest and though it is now a daily read by Hindu and Muslim Gujaratis, the newspaper still has a regular column on Parsi issues. Other newspapers like the Kaiser-i-Hind (now defunct) started in 1882 and the Rast Goftar, started by one of the leading lights of our freedom struggle Dadabhai Nowrojee, was first published in 1851.

The Parsi Times has been registered as a newspaper with the Registrar of Newspapers. While the few first issues will be distributed free, later copies will be subscribed.

Bombay Parsi Punchayet chairman Dinshaw Mehta said that the community did not need another newspaper. “It (Parsi Times) is not a community newspaper. It is more like a propaganda sheet. It has been set up to propagate the reformist point of view in a subtle manner,” said Mehta.

Others felt that a new newspaper was needed. “There is a scope for a paper that reflects liberal views in the community,” said Vispy Wadia of the group, Association for Revival of Zoroastrianism.
But Bhathena said the newspaper will have no political or religious leanings. “We are celebrating what is nice about the community,” he said.

  • Is Parsi Times going to have a website ?

  • Is Parsi Times going to have a website ?

  • Phiroze

    Where can I get a copy of this paper? Does it have a website?

  • Phiroze

    Where can I get a copy of this paper? Does it have a website?

  • Noshir M. Khambatta

    Congratulations to those that made “Parsi Times” a reality and I wish it a very long productive and a happy life to inform our community on important religious and social matters. Please count me in as one of your subscribers.
    We DO badly NEED a newspaper that will be all round and all encompassing in its views and publications and not favour one group at the cost of the others.
    Colour photographs would help the newspaper substantially in its sales, as well as good editorial penmanship.

  • Noshir M. Khambatta

    Congratulations to those that made “Parsi Times” a reality and I wish it a very long productive and a happy life to inform our community on important religious and social matters. Please count me in as one of your subscribers.
    We DO badly NEED a newspaper that will be all round and all encompassing in its views and publications and not favour one group at the cost of the others.
    Colour photographs would help the newspaper substantially in its sales, as well as good editorial penmanship.

  • gb

    Parsi Times is an excellent newspaper. This is supplied free every saturday to all Parsees staying in Parsi Colonies in Mumbai. It has a website also. The circultion now is 15,000 copies supplied free of charge. Advertising rates are also very reasonable. Freyan Bhathena – a young editor does excellent work. It’s a teamwork. It is also distributed free in many parsi shops too. Main thing is it is not a political newspaper. It is neither pro-Bpp, nor anti-Bpp. 2 years back Jame was indulging in BPP politics and hence it had to change the editor immediately. It is neither a propaganda sheet nor anti community newspaper. I would not agree with what mr. dinshaw mehta said a year back. Congratulations Freyan, keep it up. Youngsters just love this newspaper. God Bless You.

  • gb

    Parsi Times is an excellent newspaper. This is supplied free every saturday to all Parsees staying in Parsi Colonies in Mumbai. It has a website also. The circultion now is 15,000 copies supplied free of charge. Advertising rates are also very reasonable. Freyan Bhathena – a young editor does excellent work. It’s a teamwork. It is also distributed free in many parsi shops too. Main thing is it is not a political newspaper. It is neither pro-Bpp, nor anti-Bpp. 2 years back Jame was indulging in BPP politics and hence it had to change the editor immediately. It is neither a propaganda sheet nor anti community newspaper. I would not agree with what mr. dinshaw mehta said a year back. Congratulations Freyan, keep it up. Youngsters just love this newspaper. God Bless You.

  • Parsi Times has been time and again reported for outright plagiarism.

    In March they published a picture that appeared on this website originally, without copyrights attribution. Emails to Freyan Bhathena, the editor did not even elicit a response.

    And this week they plagiarised an article by Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram….who writes here…

    Yesterday’s Parsi Times carries an article on the Muktad by their
    reporter Khushroo Mehta. This is actually my article written on the
    Frashogard Blog which has been lifted, without permission or thanks, and
    printed word-for-word. See http://www.frashogard.com/when-the-souls-come-a-visiting. Even an earlier article, Mixing money with sandalwood, see http://www.frashogard.com/mixing-money-with-sandalwood
    was lifted and used by them with a different person as the author! Is
    this ethical reporting or correct journalism? Is this the right
    Zoroastrian spirit? Please send your protests to the Editor, Freyan
    Bhathena at freyan@parsi-times.com.

  • Parsi Times has been time and again reported for outright plagiarism.

    In March they published a picture that appeared on this website originally, without copyrights attribution. Emails to Freyan Bhathena, the editor did not even elicit a response.

    And this week they plagiarised an article by Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram….who writes here…

    Yesterday’s Parsi Times carries an article on the Muktad by their
    reporter Khushroo Mehta. This is actually my article written on the
    Frashogard Blog which has been lifted, without permission or thanks, and
    printed word-for-word. See http://www.frashogard.com/when-the-souls-come-a-visiting. Even an earlier article, Mixing money with sandalwood, see http://www.frashogard.com/mixing-money-with-sandalwood
    was lifted and used by them with a different person as the author! Is
    this ethical reporting or correct journalism? Is this the right
    Zoroastrian spirit? Please send your protests to the Editor, Freyan
    Bhathena at freyan@parsi-times.com.

  • RATHESTAR

    Is Er. Hathiram an editor/ Moderator of Parsi Khabar portal?
    This query is being made as the post contains a complaint of Er. Hathiram but it is apparently atributed to Parsi Khabar MOD.

  • RATHESTAR

    Is Er. Hathiram an editor/ Moderator of Parsi Khabar portal?
    This query is being made as the post contains a complaint of Er. Hathiram but it is apparently atributed to Parsi Khabar MOD.

  • Rathestar….

    No, Er. Hathiram is not a moderator on Parsi Khabar. The comment above was written by me and contains Marzban’s message from his facebook wall that I have copy/pasted here.

    Sorry for any confusion, on that front.

    arZan

  • Rathestar….

    No, Er. Hathiram is not a moderator on Parsi Khabar. The comment above was written by me and contains Marzban’s message from his facebook wall that I have copy/pasted here.

    Sorry for any confusion, on that front.

    arZan