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Menstruation and Zoroastrian Doctrine

A complex issue of womanhood The entire 16th pargarad/chapter of the Vendidad is dedicated to the matter of menstruation, and later Pahlavi texts comment on this subject extensively. For those who believed this was an adopted Hindu...
JIYO PARSI: CARE OF ELDERLY DEPENDANTS

JIYO PARSI: CARE OF ELDERLY DEPENDANTS

Our dear friend and mentor Dr. Shernaz Cama write in the Jame Jamshed newspaperThe Jiyo Parsi Scheme was set up to arrest the decline in our community’s population. However, over time, it has been...

Parsi woman contests Raj-era personal law

Parsi woman contests Raj-era personal law

Encouraged by Muslim women's successful fight against triple talaq, a Parsi woman has moved the Supreme Court questioning the validity of many provisions of Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act, alleging...

In Parsi genes, new clues on old cultures

In Parsi genes, new clues on old cultures

Strict inbreeding is often blamed for the dwindling population of the Parsi community in India. New research by Indian and other scientists now suggests that this might not always have been the...

Why Parsis need their distinct family laws

Why Parsis need their distinct family laws

They are a tiny community, whose ancestors came to India due to religious persecutions in Persia (Iran). Their numbers are down to a critical 61,000 and diminishing by the day. India's population...

Heritage Walk at Doongerwadi

Dr. Viraf J. Kapadia opines on the subject in the Mumbai Samachar. Since the last few days turmoil has enveloped the orthodox members of the Parsi Community when the proposed 2 hours heritage walk...

Surrogacy bill bother for Parsis

The country's Parsi community is in a bind over a proposed law to regulate surrogacy, a little over a year after it had successfully negotiated resistance from within to this assisted reproductive...

Most divorces among Parsis due to adultery

Jury trials came to India with the British and were abolished after the now infamous 1959 Nanavati murder trial, not many know that matrimonial disputes among the Parsi community is still tried by a...

India’s vanishing people

India’s vanishing people

India's vanishing people New Delhi: It is a fact that India's tiny Parsi community is dwindling but the latest census figures show the ethnic group hurtling towards extinction. Parsis are...

Pakistan Parsi community’s migration alarming

Pakistan Parsi community’s migration alarming

KARACHI: As you enter the Parsi Colony from MA Jinnah Road you experience a strange feeling. You are truly taken away by the architecture of beautiful bungalows and houses. But then you are taken...

A half-breed in Bombay: Suhasini Haidar

A half-breed in Bombay: Suhasini Haidar

How do you preserve the purity of lineage and yet propagate the line of an ever-dwindling community? This is the question that Parsis continue to debate fiercely Article by Suhasini Haider | The...

Parsis battle threat of extinction

Parsis battle threat of extinction

The government has sponsored schemes for assisted reproduction so that Parsis increase in number. Article by Vinaya Deshpande | The Sunday Guardian Twelve hundred years ago, we fled to India for our...

Why Are India’s Parsi People Going Extinct?

Why Are India’s Parsi People Going Extinct?

There are less than 60,000 Parsis in India today. That fact itself is so alarming that it demands measures to help the community from fading away. Despite their low numbers, their contribution in...

How India makes Parsi babies

How India makes Parsi babies

The Parsis of India are a unique community, but their numbers are declining fast. In an effort to change this, the government is spending $1.5m to encourage them to have more children. Persis Aspi...

Oh Khodai: Parsis in Ahmedabad

A bawa wearing a white bandhgala coat with cylindrical black hat driving a gorgeous vintage car overloaded with a garadraped wife and squabbling kids: that's how films in the early '80s portrayed...

Parsis: Keeping the Flame Alive

The world’s longest continually-burning flame, found in Udvada, a town in Gujarat, is the most important pilgrimage site for the Parsis of India. Parsis have lived in the country for 1,200 years...

Flyways of fortune

The Zoroastrian diaspora as we know it today is spread across the globe. As a mercantile community the Parsis have been traders and no place was considered too far or too dangerous to venture, if it...

Bawas and Babies

Coming from an ancient movie projector, the image is shaky and scratchy. Kajol and Anil Kapoor's marriage seems beset with problems. But, that does not stop the usual Bollywood song and dance...

Must a Zoroastrian Date only Zoroastrians?

After we linked to the article you will read below, we received emails from Karishma Patel, who is one of the subjects of the article below; and Homi D. Gandhi; Vice-President FEZANA. Their emails...

Knot so classified

Though matrimonial ads have changed substantially, the emphasis on looks, caste and income persist, mirroring the complexities and paradoxical nature of Indian society, says Roshni Nair as she...

Parsis consider surrogacy to boost population

Ultra orthodox in the community are debating if scriptures allow renting of a non-Parsi womb. Article by Jyoti Shelar | Mumbai Mirror Parsis are considering the option of surrogacy under the...

A Death Rite At Peril

There are roughly 500 Parsis in Kolkata. But sadly, even this small community finds it difficult to maintain their age-old death ritual owing to a drop in the number of vultures and other problems....

Can Higher Salaries Save Parsi Priesthood?

Ardeshir Nariman, 15, is fast approaching graduation. Like many boys his age in Mumbai—educated and upwardly mobile, his curiosity heavily seasoned with ambition—he’ll continue to college to study...

Aging Parsis Turn to Community Charity

The Parsi ward at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital seems a particularly sunny convalescent home. Its full-length gothic windows and yellow-beige walls light 45 beds, which most patients cannot leave. The tiny...

Interfaith Marriages Challenge Parsi Families

Neither Kushroo Anita, 35, nor Viraf Mehta, 30, have found “the one” yet. They’ve both finished school, established careers and grown eager to start families. But even in a city of 18 million,...

Parsis : A Community and a battle for survival

In her spartan office, Dhun Daraius Bagli is answering the third call in half an hour. The query is the same. So is her answer. “Sorry, we are full for December," says Bagli, putting down the...

Parsis debate priest’s organ donation appeal

While most support it, a small section of orthodox Parsis are in opposition claiming the body belongs to god. By Jyoti Shelar | Mumbai Mirror A Parsi high priest's appeal to donate organs has the...