The great Parsi divide

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”.

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