India Taaro Upkaar
Sung by Mani Rao – a tribute to India by the Zoroastrian Community
INDIA, WE CAN NOT FORGET YOUR OBLIGATION
YOU HAVE GIVEN US SHELTER. SO, WE CAN NOT BE UNFAITHFUL
1287 YEARS AGO, WE GOT THIS SHELTER,
A GROUP OF PARSIS LANDED ON PORT OF SANJAN
BRAVE PARSIS GOT MIXED, LIKE SUGAR IN MILK
YOU GAVE THE SHELTER, WE CAN NOT BE UNFAITHFUL
JADAV RANAA TOOK FIVE PROMISES
CULTURE, RITUALS, DRESS, LANGUAGE AND NO CONVERSIONS
THEREFORE, PARSI COMMUNITY CAN NOT DO CONVERSION
GIVEN PROMISES CAN NOT BE FORGOTTEN
MARAZBAAN (THE WRITER OF THE SONG) SAYS
ALWAYS BE FAITHFUL TO THIS COUNTRY
COME FORWARD TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY
DON’T FORGET THE PROMISES THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN
SHELTER HAS BEEN GIVEN, SO YOU CAN NOT BE UNFAITHFUL
Yes, we had been given shelter from the Arabs but so were many Zoroastrians in China and Europe. We have also kept our promises to Jadi Rana. There are many communities belong to other religions who are in a similar situation. There are also crores of Hindus settled in USA, Canada, UK, Gulf region who enjoy first class treatment as far as rights and law. Hence, we should fight against injustices meted by the Govt. on us as it is only vote bank politics in India.
However, since independence we have been deliberately economically suppressed and our properties taken over under some guise or other. We have been shown as fools in the press and films and our contributions to creation of hospitals, schools and colleges totally ignored.
Also, true Zoroastrians are a justice seeking community and they should not side with the majority community in progroms and injustices against the minority community which is what is happening.
FINALLY, SOME WORDS OF GRATITUDE. FOR INDIA !
I CONGRATULATE YOU MARAZBAN AND MANI RAO. WELL DONE!
INDIA I BOW DOWN MY HEAD TO YOU. Please do not blame India, take the case of Field MARSHALL S.H.F.J. MANEKSHAW plotted AGAINST by many BUT HONOURED BY MANY MORE. IT IS US PARSEES WHO HAVE LET OUR YOUTH DOWN BY NOT EMPLOYING THEM MORE. BUT STILL THE KARMA OF OUR RACE,HAS BROUGHT THE GOOD, BETTER AND THE BEST