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Faith and frenzy

Whether a non Parsi wishes to convert to Zoroastrianism or a Parsi wishes to choose another faith, the community’s response is the same: hysteria. Be it the baptism of Dhanjibhai Nauroji in May 1839 or that of Shapurji Eduljee in February 1857, the conversion of 27-year-old Joseph Peterson to Zoroastrianism in Chicago in March 1983, the navar ceremony in Sanjan of a Russian Zoroastrian, Mikhail Chistyakov in February 2010 or the navjote of interfaith married Roshni Maloo’s two children in April 2010, the ramifications were immediate and, in two cases, violent. A third likelihood of foul play at the Maloo......

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