Race and reason

The Parsi DNA comprises many ethnic strands
Yezdyar S. Kaoosji

In March 2016 I was present at Parzor’s Everlasting Flame exhibition at the National Museum in New Delhi. I was walking to the gate after attending a conference session where the discussion panel chairman had waxed eloquent about preserving "Parsi racial and ethnic purity” when a security guard appeared bewildered and exclaimed that I resembled Vijay Mallya, the fugitive beer baron who was then on the run from the Indian authorities! Other guards joined in and jokingly cautioned me to be careful, warning that the New Delhi police may pick me up! Apparently, my appearance in a business suit, sunglasses,......

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Mrs. Jehangir Ardeshir: I appreciate your comments. There are many members of the Parsi Zoroastrian community who agree with these points of view, and fortunately, "Parsiana" is an excellent forum for exchanging our views. Over the years I have noted with satisfaction community initiatives to challenge orthodoxy. One major step in the direction was the establishment of the Worli Prayer Hall and crematorium. We need to continue to share our thoughts on the existing situation, and rest assured it will spark enthusiasm among those who are in a position and encourage them to bring about necessary changes. Thanks for your "vote of confidence!"
- Yezdyar Kaoosji
- 26-Oct-2019

Thanks to Mr . Kaoosji for this wonderful factual article. I agree with him 100 percent. We need more people like him out there speaking out !
- Mrs Jehangir Ardeshir
- 17-Oct-2019


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