Parsis too seek reservation in govt jobs

All these years they have never asked for any favour from the government. In fact, they favoured the government by building hospitals, colleges and research institutions in the city. However now, the Parsis also want a share in the reservation pie.

With the campaign for the Bombay Parsi Punchayet elections-to be held over three weekends beginning October 3-hotting up, the community’s demand for reservations in government institutions are becoming a major point of discussion. For the first time, the campaign for the more-than-350-year-old punchayet has assumed the proportions of a general election drive and every member wants their candidate to do “something worthwhile for them”

Jimmy Mistry, one of the candidates, said, “At all my campaign meetings, voters are demanding reservations in educational institutions and government jobs. Parsi students are at a decided disadvantage because they do not enjoy the benefits of reservation even though they belong to a truly minority community with just about 40,000 members. I plan to take this up with the Centre.”

According to Dinshaw Mehta, another candidate, the poor and needy in the community are not being able to pursue higher education in the absence of quotas. “Parsis do not even opt for government jobs because it is so difficult to get through in the general category. Like other minority communities, ours should also have quotas in government institutions.” Ex-corporator Rustom Tirandaz also agreed with Mehta that many students do not get admission to colleges despite scoring high in school. “We are only asking for a level playing ground in the absence of which there is considerable discontent in the community, especially among the youth. If Buddhists and Muslims can have quotas, why not Parsis, who have done so much for society?” Tirandaz said.

According to Khojeste Mistree (58) of World Alliance of Parsi Irani Zarthoshtis (Wapiz), Parsi philanthropists used to donate a huge amount to educational institutions and accordingly, certain number of seats would be reserved for students from the community, but not anymore. He wants all those reserved seats to be restored to the Parsis, apart from granting quotas to them.

Builder Boman Irani said, “Parsis are a proud, but depleting community. The government should nurture them by extending the benefits of reservation to them.”

  • Sam Bhada

    Reservations breed mediocrity. Parsi girls seem to be doing just fine excelling in higher education. For example, 8 out of the 10 Tata Scholars this year were female. Many INLAKS scholars this year were Parsi (again, female).
    Why can we not rise above petty political stunts like reservations, and succeed, like we have for the past so many years, solely and proudly on MERIT????

  • ronniepatel

    If the parsees do get the jobs in the government than i am really soory to say that India will loose all the wars with Pakistan & equally the war on terrisom.
    i know my comunity members very well that they will not hesistate to stab any one in the back.
    I am really soory that the same community which gave me intentity has turn worst form the day we landed in India.
    India is my birth place & it is my duty tyo protect india from its enimies & the onow a days the parsees are number one enemy of india,.
    so please do not seek any government jobs for those stupid parsees.
    Ronnie Patel.

  • R.Kayani.

    REMINDER TO THESE GENTLEMEN ON THEIR POLL PROMISES WHICH HAVE REMAINED A PIPE DREAM.
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    Jimmy Mistry, one of the candidates, said, “At all my campaign meetings, voters are demanding reservations in educational institutions and government jobs. Parsi students are at a decided disadvantage because they do not enjoy the benefits of reservation even though they belong to a truly minority community with just about 40,000 members. I plan to take this up with the Centre.”
    Yes Mr. Jimmy Mistry, can you announce what steps you have taken in this direction.At least that will be more interesting than watching the interiors of your home repeatedly on Bloomberg Channel.