Category Archives: India

Debate on Navjote ceremony in Delhi

Debate on Navjote ceremony in Delhi

Even as the debate of rights of children from Parsi mother to non-Parsi father and Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is being debated in the community, a case of a Navjote ceremony on a boy born to Parsi mother from a non-Parsi father has come up and some members of the community are opposing it. Such…

Meet the man whom Mahatma Gandhi called ‘the Father of the Nation’

Meet the man whom Mahatma Gandhi called ‘the Father of the Nation’

The back story to Dadabhai Naoroji’s insistent demand for swaraj or self-rule.   Article by Dinyar Patel | Scroll.In In 1892, when he became the first Indian elected to the British House of Commons, Dadabhai Naoroji expressed rosy optimism about how India’s various political demands could be achieved through Parliament. By 1895, however – when…

Indian Census Shows 18% Decline in Parsi Population

Indian Census Shows 18% Decline in Parsi Population

An alarming 18% decline in Parsi population since 2001 census has community worried. Below are two articles. The first is by dear friend and the Director of the UNESCO PARZOR Project Dr. Shernaz Cama. Dr. Cama writes Dear Friends, I have just received the Census results of 2011 and while we expected the 10 percent…

Where Did All The Vultures Go ?

Where Did All The Vultures Go ?

Raghav Mandava takes the disappearance of the vultures in India head on. In a hard hitting video he lays the problems out head on.   Written & Performed by – Raghav Mandava Director – Xulfee edit – Xulfee & Mohit Bhardwaj Animation – Anish Kumar Daolagupu & Ankur Dobriyal DOP – Ahmed Kamal Saifi Production…

Once an important centre of Parsis, Agra has now just 6 of them

Once an important centre of Parsis, Agra has now just 6 of them

From a time when all the prominent institutions in Agra were run by Parsis in the early 20th century — right from manning the Central Bank to starting city’s iconic hotel Cecil Mansion and entirely controlling the liquor trade here, the number of Parsis in the city has come to just six today. “Most of…

Kolkatta Parsis To Discuss Survival Issues at Sunday workshop

Kolkatta Parsis To Discuss Survival Issues at Sunday workshop

Come Sunday and the 500-odd Parsis in Kolkata will get together for a special workshop on problems faced by the community, one of the smallest in the country. This is an initiative by Jiyo Parsi, an effort by the ministry of minority affairs to arrest the decline in the population of Parsis in India. The…

Santhome: The Parsi locality in Chennai where you are welcomed with hugs

Santhome: The Parsi locality in Chennai where you are welcomed with hugs

For about a century, since dropping anchor in Chennai, the Clubwala family has been credited with founding several institutions in the city. “Hugging,” says 87-year-old Mani Clubwalla, is one she would like to take credit for. Article by Kamini Mathai | Times of India When Mani and her husband first moved to the city in…

Adi Godrej: Beef ban, prohibition are hurting economy

Adi Godrej: Beef ban, prohibition are hurting economy

Adi Godrej first to speak out: Beef ban, prohibition are hurting economy Clever democratic leaders make sure disadvantages are minimised, advantages maximised, says Godrej chairman. INDUSTRIALIST Adi Godrej, chairman of the $4.1-billion Godrej Group, with diverse interests in fast moving consumer goods, real estate, consumer durables and furniture, Wednesday said the beef ban and liquor…

Parsis on Indian Stamps

Parsis on Indian Stamps

1st March, 1958 – 50th Anniversary of Steel Industry, Jamshedji Tata – Steel Plant   15th April, 1959 – Sir Jamshetjee Jeejeebhoy (1783-1859), Philanthropist –  Death Centenary.   26th January, 1962 – Bhikhaji Cama (Patriot) – Birth Centenary   4th September, 1963 – Dadabhoy Naoroji (Parliamentarian ) Commemoration   7th January, 1965 – Jamsetji Tata…

Nadir Maneckjee: The Hatter of Bangalore

Nadir Maneckjee: The Hatter of Bangalore

Through a gateway leading off Cunningham Road stands the Hatworks Boulevard, one of the few colonial era mansions that have survived the turn of the century. The structure, now home to about 12 businesses, is named after the Imperial Hatworks, a hat-and-headgear-making factory started by England-trained master hat-cutter Nadir Maneckjee. Article By Chetana Divya Vasudev…