Coming Together Round Table – Videos – Dubai – December 2009

Videos of the Sessions of Coming Together Round Table held in Dubai in December 2009

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Zoroastrianism: Its Stewardship for all Creation

Zoroastrianism: Its Stewardship for all Creation, the Animate and the Inanimate.

Text of presentation by Pervin J. Mistry at the Parliament of Worlds Religions, Melbourne, December 5th, 2009.

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Centre will help Parsis to boost count

Vineeta Pandey / DNA

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 0:22 IST

Concerned about the dwindling Parsi population in the country, the ministry of minority affairs is trying to come up with a concoction to reverse the trend.


Minister Salman Khurshid said that they are soon going to meet Parsi leaders in Mumbai to figure out a plan to stop the extinction of the culturally rich community.

The current Parsi population in India is about 69,601 (33,949
males and 35,652 females) compared to 76,382 (37,736 males and 38,646 females) during the 1991 census. According to the 2001 census, the child-woman ratio, which is a key indicator of fertility, is 578 per 1,000 in India. Among the Parsis it was 85 per 1,000.

The 2001 census report called for an urgent intervention. The report said that fertility improvement initiatives rather than fertility control measures adopted by the community so far are possibly the need of the hour.

“It is expected that this loud and clear message from 2001 census awakens the country and the Parsi community from the deep slumber it is possibly in and have a beneficial effect,” it added.

The ministry, while making it clear about their no-interference policy in the religious and community matters, said they are working out plans which may include providing them financial help for healthcare. This support could also be for fertility-related treatments.

“Besides population, the Parsi community has been coming to the government with various other problem, including cremation, shortage of priests, property disputes, etc,” said Vivek Malhotra, secretary, ministry of minority affairs.

“There are also concerns about their children not getting admissions in schools and not enough people being left to take care of their properties.”

However, a few of the community members believe there is no reason to panic. “Our community is not destined to be obliterated from the face of earth,” said Khushru Panthaki, principal of MS Cama Athorna Institute.

“We have to encourage marriages within the community. Alien elements will destroy the genetic characteristic of our community.”

Ref : 

Courtesy : K.F.Keravala

Young Parsis toil to make Agiaries Shine

Publication: Times of India Mumbai; Date: Jan 19, 2010; Section: Times City; Page: 12;

Courtesy : Behram P. Dhabhar

Zarathushtis Without Borders – Opportunities to serve in India

Zarathushtis Without Borders
Opportunities to serve in India

At the third and final session of the Fifth Coming Together Roundtable held in conjuction with the Ninth World Zoroastrian Congress held in December 2009 in Dubai, UAE, an impassioned plea was made by Jehangir Bharucha of Seattle, USA to promote worldwide exchange programs for Zarathushti youth. Jehangir shared how such an exchange program had proved to be a life transforming experience in his own life.
 Roshni Kasad, currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of California in Berkeley served for a year teaching school children in village Patan, Gujarat with “Indicorps — Service for the Soul” and highly recommends opportunities available to serve made possible through this network headquartered in Ahmedabad, India.

To engage, details are provided below. 
Deadline for applications for fellowships this summer, is 1st March 2010 .
In keeping with its long term vision of encouraging youth to become world citizens, FEZANA provides partial financial support to youth in North America who volunteer their time in serving abroad. Interested individuals looking for such support can contact Shara Godiwalla,  with a summary of their planned project, a letter from the hosting agency confirming acceptance for the service period and are expected to submit a written report to the Federation at the completion of their tour of duty.

The forwarded newsletter “Community for Change” gives an idea of what the opportunities to serve are all about.

Behram Pastakia
Metropolitan Washington DC
18 January 2010

“Coming Together Roundtable” Gains Consensual Support – Photos


A short report on the “Coming Together Roundtable” meeting held at Dubai on 27th, 30th & 31st December 2009

by Roshan Rivetna


A rather momentous legacy of the Dubai Congress, which may have been underplayed in the glitz and glamour of that magnificent event, was the consensual agreement from leaders of the World Zarathushti community to “Come Together and Work Together” at a common forum – the Coming Together Roundtable (CTR).  Through three sessions during the Congress and numerous informal meetings, elected leaders of the four major Zoroastrian regions – Iran, India, UK/Europe and North America, that represent 90% of the world’s Zarathushti population, consensually agreed to assume ownership and responsibility, and set future direction, for this forum.   In time, representatives from the smaller pockets, in Middle East, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, would be worked into the structure.

Breakfast meeting of Regional leaders.  Clockwise from left, Paurush Jila (UK), Khodayar Attaie, Dr. Esfandiar Ekhtiyari and Mehraban Hemavandy (Iran), Rohinton Rivetna (coordinator), Dorab Mistry (UK), Firdosh Mehta and Bomi Patel (North America), and Khojeste Mistry and Dinshaw Mehta (India).

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Report – 9th World Zoroastrian Congress, Dubai, Dec.2009

Dear Friends,
Happy 2010 and here’s wishing you all the best for the new year! For those of you who are interested in the Zoroastrian religion, please check out my recent article for the Washington Post’s “On Faith” about last week’s World Zoroastrian Congress in Dubai.  Feel free to distribute the link:
Warm regards,

Deena Guzder
Freelance Reporter
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