He’s been accused of corruption, high-handedness and more in his almost two decade long “career” at the Bombay Parsi Punchayet, but it’s been water off a duck’s back for veteran trustee Dinshaw Mehta (inset). Currently the BPP chairman, Mehta is notorious for his rough manner and street-fighter aggression — an aberration for a most refined and genteel Parsis which he has exploited with devastating effect. In 2006, his browbeating resulted in four former BPP trustees including eminent economist Minu Shroff and legal eagle Burjor Antia putting in their resignations citing Mehta’s “frequent misrepresentation, manipulation and manoeuvring”.
Should the World Zoroastrian Congress be cancelled owing to infighting within the BPP ?
By a vote of four to three the Bombay Parsi Punchayet trustees have cancelled the Tenth World Zoroastrian Congress to be held in Bombay this December. The four have filed a complaint before the Charity Commissioner to remove Dinshaw Mehta from the board of trustees. Dinshaw Mehta has refuted the charges and is willing to face the law.
By a vote of four to three the Bombay Parsi Punchayet trustees have cancelled the Tenth World Zoroastrian Congress to be held in Bombay this December. The four have filed a complaint before the Charity Commissioner to remove Dinshaw Mehta from the board of trustees. [Parsiana]
World Zoroastrian Congress started in 1960 and the first event was held in Tehran.
Maneck Davar, honorary secretary of the organising committee says, “It is not a religious gathering. It is a meeting place for Parsis from across the world to network, discuss how we need to increase our dwindling numbers, recognise contribution by people from the community, among other things.”
The venue for the event is decided by an international committee. However, so far, there have been nine editions of the Congress. Davar says they want to hold the event every four years now at various locations across the world. Mumbai has hosted four of these events in (1964, 1978, 1985 and 1990), and the last one was hosted in Dubai.
President Pranab Mukherjee is slated to open the five-day event which will be held at the National Sports Club of India.
Davar says, “This is the first time we want a larger Indian audience to be a part of the event. Passes will be available for non-Parsis, too.”
Among the events that lead up to the Congress will be a display of the Cylinder of Cyrus the Great, considered to be the oldest declaration of human rights, and an exhibition — Across Oceans and Flowing Silk: From Canton to Bombay 18th-20th Centuries — which covers the story of Parsi trade with China.
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The first-ever all party parliamentary group of Zoroastrians has been launched in the British Parliament to promote relations betweenIndia and the UK.
The Zoroastrian All Party Parliamentary Group launched here last night will be headed by leading NRI entrepreneur Lord Karan Billimoria.
Describing Zoroastrians (Parsis) in India and the UK as “high achievers”, acting Indian High Commissioner to the UK Virendra Paul said, “Parsis have dominated not only in business but excelled in several other fields including defence, medicine and technology.”