WAPIZ celebrates Second Anniversary

When 2,500 Parsis gathered at the Mahalaxmi racecourse on Saturday evening, the main topic of discussion was the birth and death rates of the Message To Get My Ex Girl Back community, whose population has been on the decline.

The community, which gathered to celebrate the second anniversary of the World Association of the Parsi Irani Zarthostis (WAPIZ), thanked ‘this earth, this land of India’, which has given them succour for fourteen hundred years.

WAPIZ committee member Jamshed Mota said, “No other country in the world would have given us this sammaan (honour), izzat (respect) and liberty .”

The gathering, including 300 clergymen and four high priests, discussed issues that plagued the community and their solutions.

Khojeste Mistri, chairman of WAPIZ said, “The solution to dwindling numbers lies not in conversion (a concept which is unknown to a ‘classic’ religion as opposed to a ‘romantic ‘ religion), but in increasing numbers by procreation.” So far, 85 couples received help and thirty babies, including eight sets of twins and a set of triplets, were born through a fertility programme introduced by the Parsi Panchayat two years ago.

A speaker explained how crossing-overs into the after-life through the Dokhmanishini route were still feasible, and that Parsis need not resort to routes forbidden by Zoroastrianism.

Mistri also announced that Vibhu Prakash an avian expert from Pinjore in Rajasthan, had promises to increase the number of carrion-feeders in six months by providing fledglings – a ‘feasible’ scheme which the Panchayat had shelved without explanation. He also regretted that some Parsis had published ‘doctored’ photographs of the Dokhma – the Tower of Silence.

Homi Ranina, a WAPIZ member, who is also on the Executive Committee of the Reserve Bank of India, gave legal reasons why the Trust Deed, 1884, must be honoured. The Deed says the lands for disposal of the dead were settled to the benefit of the community. According to Ranina, donors who were aware of the existing system of cremation, had settled lands for dokhmas. The Panchayat was formed and entrusted with the care of the property (on behalf of the community), and did not own it.

“The settelors’ wills must be obeyed,” advised Ranina.

WAPIZ felicitated the ‘unsung heroes of the community’, men who devoted their lives to keeping the sacred fires burning since they were fourteen. They are all octogenarians now, the oldest of whom is 90.

Group vice-president, Areez Khambatta gave Rs1 lakh to each of these nine priests, for their yeoman service to the community. These priests have no gratuity, pension, provident funds or other old age benefits to fall back on in the twilight years of lives they devoted to the religion and community .

Incidentally, Hong Kong can boast of the oldest active Parsi priest. Ervad Jalajer entered his 101 year this year, and has kept the Fire alive for 87 years. However, Jalajer was not one of those who were felicitated this year.

And once the programme was over, it was time for chaton-pani and bhonu drinks and dinner.

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  • rustom jamasji

    All the talk about the ill deeds of wapiz that we hear mainly from the parsi press makes one wonder if the ‘wapiz bashers’ are scared of their own propoganda against the doongerwaadi falling on deaf ears due to wapiz’s gaining strength.
    Also would like to ask the ‘WAPIZ Bashers’or those who malign the name of wapiz if they can proove anything that the wapiz has done for its own monetory benefit. Has wapiz taken over or in the process of taking over agiary lands or dongerwaadi property under any disguise. Or has WAPIZ carried out any thing that goes against the principles of the religion. Then why does the parsi press even without appropriate opportunity malign WAPIZ.
    As far the the aviary project goes , it seems that some of the trustees have now their personal ego problem to save as they had openly said that an aviary is not pragmatic. Instead of as they say’ catching oportunity by the forlock’ they wasted time in misleading the community that aviary and captive breeding programes are not feasable when the truth is that captove breeding of vulture is not only sucessfull but also the only way for vulture comeback!.
    I must add here that aviary projects are not only seeing the light of the day but also has been refined in methods strategy and technology and we can use this to our advantage. But then how will the famous ‘Dr-Lawyer’ duo and the pragmatic trustee save face? How will those who have maligned the dokhmenishini system under the guise of reviving zoroastrianism?!**?! try and justify what they did.
    And then what about the association that again is for alerting zoroastrians (dinshaw v.s dinshaw)but actually champions the anti dokhmenishini system!

    Have some parsees become so shameles that they not only abanon their religion , they want to survive on commissions earned from selling off properties that are the next generation zoroastrian’s heritage.

  • ERUCH SURKARI.

    THANK YOU JAMSHED MOTA for reminding us PARSI IRANI ZARTHOSTI’S to BLESS ” THIS EARTH THIS LAND OF INDIA ” for the respect & freedom it has given us to keep the flame of our beloved religion alive for 1400 years, and this freedom was awarded us hundreds & hundreds of years before the UN CHARTER or the so called free countries in the WEST mandated so called religious freedom acts.I for one ,till my dying day will remain grateful to ” THIS LAND OF INDIA “and pray for its well being always.

  • a tearful article.
    HAVE WE FORGOTTEN
    TO USE OUR FATHERS MIDDLE NAME. WE MAY RECOGNIZE THEM
    MORE THAT WAY.

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  • R.Kayani.

    rustom jamasji 29 May 2007 at 9:47 am #

    “”——-As far the the aviary project goes , it seems that some of the trustees have now their personal ego problem to save as they had openly said that an aviary is not pragmatic. Instead of as they say’ catching oportunity by the forlock’ they wasted time in misleading the community that aviary and captive breeding programes are not feasable when the truth is that captove breeding of vulture is not only sucessfull but also the only way for vulture comeback!.”
    Yes,Mr. Rustom Jamaji.
    Your post above, is exactly three years and seven months old that is 43 months exact. During this period WAPIZ was fortunate to have its two represenatives on B.P.P..
    Can you Sir, let us know where the Aviary project stands. Or is it that it is not feasible and for that reason you are scarce on this portal?