Remembering Jamshed Nusserwanjee Mehta


September 9, 2006

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Mr. Mehta was popularly known as the uncrowned king of Karachi and the prophet of the poor…

Celebrating the 54th death anniversary of Jamshed Nusserwanjee Mehta (who served as the mayor of Karachi before Independence and is known for his contribution to the downtrodden), the Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) organized a commemoration meeting last week.

The TOS, has 252 members in its fold, and they are currently funding the education of 425 children in Mumbai. “The TOS was founded by Dr. Annie Besant, in 1908. Jamshed Mehta considered Annie Besant to be his spiritual mother, and he was a great believer in the need for education. Therefore, he donated around 60 lakhs for sponsoring the education of more than 2,000 children. Other than this, he also contributed to the welfare of harijans, lepers and animals. Mr. Mehta had worked with Jawarharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi and others for our Home Rule movement. For these efforts and contributions, every year on his death anniversary, we hold a meeting,” said Rusi Todiwalla, Chairman of the Sponsorship Committee of TOS.

The meeting was held at the Sir J. J. School, which serves as the office of TOS. The chief guest was Mahrukh Kharas (well known in the corporate world). She spoke of the late Jamshad Mehta’s services to the poor, sick and downtrodden especially lepers, in India and Pakistan. The other speakers included members of TOS – Bejon Desai, Vispi Dastur, Sheroo Panthaki, Dr. Viraf Dalla and Hasna Rathod. Describing Mehta as an ideal theosophist, a true Zoroastrian and a great philanthropist, the speakers extolled his virtues and fondly remembered his contributions towards the welfare of the people of India and Pakistan. “Mr. Mehta was popularly known as the uncrowned king of Karachi and the prophet of the poor,” recalled Toddywalla.

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