Eminent Parsis of India


EMINENT PARSEES OF INDIA

               In science and industry

                 In academia

                Military

      In entertainment, religion, sports and astrology

      Politicians, activists and bureaucrats

  • B. P. Wadia (1881–1958), Indian theosophist and labour activist. Pioneered the creation of workers unions in India.
  • Cowasji Jehangir (Readymoney) (1812–1878): J.P.; introduced income tax in India; first baronet of Bombay.
  • Frene Ginwala (born 1932): Is a member of the ANC and aided Nelson Mandela in abolishing apartheid in South Africa. Later served for 7 years as Speaker Of the House of Parliament in South Africa
  • Jamshed Nusserwanjee Mehta (1886–1952): former Mayor of Karachi for 12 consecutive years.
  • Jamsheed Marker (born 1922): Pakistani diplomat, ambassador to more countries than any other person; recipient of Hilal-i Imtiaz.
  • Justice Dorab Patel (1924–1997): Former Chief Justice of Sindh High Court, former Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan and human rights campaigner.
  • Mancherjee Bhownagree (1851–1933): politician, second Asian to be elected to the House of Commons (Conservative).
  • Minocher Bhandara (1937?–2008): Pakistani parliamentarian and owner of Muree Brewery.
  • Minoo Masani (1905–1998): author, parliamentarian and a member of the Constituent Assembly.
  • Piloo Mody (1926–1983): architect, parliamentarian, one of the founder-members of the Swatantra Party.
  • Rustam S. Sidhwa (1927–1997): judge on the Supreme Court of Pakistan as well as one of the original eleven judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
  • Shapurji Saklatvala (1874–1936): socialist, workers’ welfare activist, third Asian to be elected to the House of Commons (Communist, Labour).

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16 thoughts on “Eminent Parsis of India

  1. Rusi Sorabji says:

    Dear Yazdi,

    This list dated 24th Feb 2014 misses out on many notable and pioneering PIZ’ s of their time.

    How can we leave these unsung and forgotten heroes from a list of Eminent Zoroastrians ?

    These are some great people I have personally known.

    Test Cricketer Pheroze Edulji Palia…represented India in the first ever Test Match at Lord’s with the 1932 Indian Team and again with the 1936 Team The World War cut short his Test career as there were no Test matches played from 1937 to 1947 while he was in his prime. He played 100 first class matches and represented the

    Parsees in the Pentangular from 1928 to 1946.

    Rusi S.Modi. Indian Test Cricketer, Started his first class career at age 17, with a century for the Parsees in the Pentangular and 3 years later at age 20,followed it with 5 successive hundreds for Bombay in the Ranji Trophy amassing 1008 runs. A record that stood for 44 years .

    He was the most elegant & stylish Indian batsman, an all-rounder who was the first Indian to score over 200 runs in an Unofficial Test Match (against the Australian Services Xl in 1946).

    Played all the 3 Tests on the 1946 tour of England and scored 1,196 runs.

    He played all the 5 Tests against the West Indies during their 1948/49 tour scoring 560 runs.

    Mehellasha Pavri, Nasarvanji Bapasola, Pestonji D.Kanga Captain 1888, M .D.Kanga. the

    finest cricketers of their time who put India on the Cricketing map and earned India acceptance into the International Cricketing circle.

    Dickey Ratnagar, & Bobby (A.F.S.) Talyarkhan. The two famous cricket commentators.

    Seth Sorabji P. Godrej, a great Industrialist & renowned Environmentalist.

    Khurshed Framji Nariman, the Parsi visionary, fondly called Veer Nariman, and after whom is named, The Nariman Point and the Veer Nariman Road.

    Dr. D.N. Wadia India’s ace GEOLOGIST & PALEONTOLOGIST at the Geological Survey of India and helped Homi Bhabha on the Atomic Energy commission in the discovery of raw materials for the extraction of Thorium & Uranium ores. Govt. of India honoured him with a postage stamp. The Nehru Medal, the Padma Bhushan amongst a whole lot of other awards. The Delhi University bestowed on him an honorary degree of D.Sc. the same time I got my Bachelor of Art.

    Dr. Sorabji Pestonji Shroff. Founder of the Shroff Charitable Eye Hospital in Delhi in the 1920’s. For his pioneering & philanthropic role he was the recipient of the Kaiser-I-Hind award from King George the Vth. and National awards from the Govt. of India. His grandson …

    Dr. Noshir Minoo Shroff, was also honoured similarly by the President of India a year or two ago for the excellent ophthalmic services provided to the masses. ( Please see PARSIANA for details).

    Savaxshah Ardershir Lal was secretary to India’s first Governor General C.R. Rajagopalachari and first President

    Dr. Rajendra Parshad.

    Adi Kanga, the man who thought of and planned NAVI Mumbai ( Pl refer to Parsiana & FEZANA for details)

    Sir Dhunjibhoy Bomanji Kalfati. The man who protected the Zoroastrian places of worship (pl refer HAMAZOOR for more details)

    General Noshir Karani, Headed the Indian Armed Forces Medical Directorate .

    Brigadier Serosh. Jal. D. Irani. became one of the youngest Brigadier in the Pakistan Army and was Military Attaché in France & Germany during the mid-1950’s. Was decorated by President DeGaul of France and Chancellor Herr (something ) of Germany. He was received by Queen Elizabeth too. He was Martial Law Administrator Karachi, Multan & Bahawalpur 1959.

    Kaikhosrov. D.Irani….. requires no introduction

    Dr Jamshed Jigi.D. Irani was the youngest Managing Director of Tata Steel.

    Incidentally the last three named above and Phiroze Palia are cousins.

    Regards,

    Rusi Sorabji

    • Zal Rustom Kabraji says:

      What about Yezdi D. Gundevia—-a famous well known I.C.S. officer—held important foreign diplomatic posts & was Secretary to the President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan.

  2. Mani Patel says:

    Went through the list. Under sports did not find the name of Meherwan Daruvala. He is a Arjuna Award winner and was for 6 or 7 years all India squash champion.

  3. Phil Home says:

    They have also forgotten

    Naval P Godrej -Architect of the Godrej empire

    & his son Jamsheed & nephews Adi & Nadir (The poet who co sponsored the 10the world zoro congress also)

    & many more

  4. BEHRAMSHAW KALIANWALA says:

    I wouldhave liked the following inclusions:
    1. Sam Balsara – Chairman Madison World and Past President Advertising Association of India and other bodies.
    2. Motlibai Maneckji Wadia – Daughter of Jehangirjee – Philantropist.
    3. Burjorji H. Antia – Legal luminary and Religious Philantropist. Also Chairman of N M Wadia Charities and several Religious Trusts’

  5. Phil Home says:

    U guys forgot naval Godrej

    Also the 3 parsis who rode around the world in the 1930s

    From: Rusi Sorabji [mailto:rr@sorabji.org] Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 6:38 PM To: ‘Parsis, Iranis, Zarathushtis – ALL Under One Roof’ Subject: RE: [New post] Eminent Parsis of India

    Dear Yazdi,

    This list dated 24th Feb 2014 misses out on many notable and pioneering PIZ’ s of their time.

    How can we leave these unsung and forgotten heroes from a list of Eminent Zoroastrians ?

    These are some great people I have personally known.

    Test Cricketer Pheroze Edulji Palia…represented India in the first ever Test Match at Lord’s with the 1932 Indian Team and again with the 1936 Team The World War cut short his Test career as there were no Test matches played from 1937 to 1947 while he was in his prime. He played 100 first class matches and represented the

    Parsees in the Pentangular from 1928 to 1946.

    Rusi S.Modi. Indian Test Cricketer, Started his first class career at age 17, with a century for the Parsees in the Pentangular and 3 years later at age 20,followed it with 5 successive hundreds for Bombay in the Ranji Trophy amassing 1008 runs. A record that stood for 44 years .

    He was the most elegant & stylish Indian batsman, an all-rounder who was the first Indian to score over 200 runs in an Unofficial Test Match (against the Australian Services Xl in 1946).

    Played all the 3 Tests on the 1946 tour of England and scored 1,196 runs.

    He played all the 5 Tests against the West Indies during their 1948/49 tour scoring 560 runs.

    Mehellasha Pavri, Nasarvanji Bapasola, Pestonji D.Kanga Captain 1888, M .D.Kanga. the

    finest cricketers of their time who put India on the Cricketing map and earned India acceptance into the International Cricketing circle.

    Dickey Ratnagar, & Bobby (A.F.S.) Talyarkhan. The two famous cricket commentators.

    Seth Sorabji P. Godrej, a great Industrialist & renowned Environmentalist.

    Khurshed Framji Nariman, the Parsi visionary, fondly called Veer Nariman, and after whom is named, The Nariman Point and the Veer Nariman Road.

    Dr. D.N. Wadia India’s ace GEOLOGIST & PALEONTOLOGIST at the Geological Survey of India and helped Homi Bhabha on the Atomic Energy commission in the discovery of raw materials for the extraction of Thorium & Uranium ores. Govt. of India honoured him with a postage stamp. The Nehru Medal, the Padma Bhushan amongst a whole lot of other awards. The Delhi University bestowed on him an honorary degree of D.Sc. the same time I got my Bachelor of Art.

    Dr. Sorabji Pestonji Shroff. Founder of the Shroff Charitable Eye Hospital in Delhi in the 1920’s. For his pioneering & philanthropic role he was the recipient of the Kaiser-I-Hind award from King George the Vth. and National awards from the Govt. of India. His grandson …

    Dr. Noshir Minoo Shroff, was also honoured similarly by the President of India a year or two ago for the excellent ophthalmic services provided to the masses. ( Please see PARSIANA for details).

    Savaxshah Ardershir Lal was secretary to India’s first Governor General C.R. Rajagopalachari and first President

    Dr. Rajendra Parshad.

    Adi Kanga, the man who thought of and planned NAVI Mumbai ( Pl refer to Parsiana & FEZANA for details)

    Sir Dhunjibhoy Bomanji Kalfati. The man who protected the Zoroastrian places of worship (pl refer HAMAZOOR for more details)

    General Noshir Karani, Headed the Indian Armed Forces Medical Directorate .

    Brigadier Serosh. Jal. D. Irani. became one of the youngest Brigadier in the Pakistan Army and was Military Attaché in France & Germany during the mid-1950’s. Was decorated by President DeGaul of France and Chancellor Herr (something ) of Germany. He was received by Queen Elizabeth too. He was Martial Law Administrator Karachi, Multan & Bahawalpur 1959.

    Kaikhosrov. D.Irani….. requires no introduction

    Dr Jamshed Jigi.D. Irani was the youngest Managing Director of Tata Steel.

    Incidentally the last three named above and Phiroze Palia are cousins.

    Regards,

    Rusi Sorabji

  6. cherag tantra says:

    Went thru the list

    Pls include Mr. Dinyar Tantra in the list, prominent Socialist leader & Ex-President of Indore bar association & a well known social activist of Madhya pradesh,

  7. Zal Rustom Kabraji. says:

    I think my father—the late Major General Rustom Zal Kabraji, AVSM (retd.) should also be included in your MILITARY list or section—he was Hon.ADC General to the President of India & also instrumental in the liberation of rebel held Mizoram in the 1960s while commanding forces under Field Marshall Maneckshaw who was Eastern Army Commander at that time.

  8. Colonel Ronnie B. Mistry says:

    Under the title MILITARY, the ‘Rank’ of all individuals listed should be endorsed, as has been for some.

  9. Kersi Bhiwandiwalla says:

    Under Fine Arts, the name of Erach Ardeshir Bhiwandiwalla – originaly from Bhiwandi, and domiciled in Calcutta is a glaring void. He was feted around the world from 1930 through 1949 as a portrait painter of great talent, and dubbed “The Orpen of India” by the British Press. He painted the British Aristocracy and Royalty in the thirties, Indian Royalty before Indiependence, and Indian politicians after independence until the Seventies,. His portraits can be found at the Rajya Shabha, and government buildings throughout India. Notably even in the Museum of the Nizam of Hyderabad in Hyderabad, Among those who sat for him were Sir Manchejee Bhownagaree, The count and Countess of Howe, the Aga Khan, and his Begum, and the King of Japan for whose portrait the Japanese hounded the artist all the way from Japan to his return to india – as Japanese royalty were considered ‘sacred’ at the time. He earned the Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts distinction from England, and studied in other distinguished Art academies in Europe and exhibited in the US, and most countries of pre-War Europe.

  10. R.S.SREEKUMAR says:

    I am in search of the details of two prominent Parsis.One being Framjee Rusthamjee
    Dasai . He was the first indian who got in to I F S (Indian Forest Service) in 1866 A.D.
    Another one is Dr. Noshirvan Gustasp Phd.. He was the second Indian who got in to
    I F S IN 1907. Sometime he was the D F O (Dist. Forest Officer) Thane in 1907-08.
    F.R.Dasai was the son of a Bombay merchant. That is all the information i know.

    I need a biographical sketch of these two eminent Parsis. If anybody knows kindly
    convey the details to skumarforest@gmail.com

  11. A. S. Mathew says:

    Even though the Parsee community of India is a minute minority of 60000 people (0.005%) of the population, their contribution for India is too amazing. More billionaires among the less than 100 billionaires in the percentage, top ranking in charity. When we study about their religion, we can come to some solid conclusion that their great religious teachings of charity and loving the humanity has greatly blessed and exalted them. India is blessed with the largest Parsee population in the world.

  12. Jungi Paltan says:

    In art Keki Moose, of Calisgaon needs to be added,he was great table top painter,one can visit his cottage,next to Chalisgaon railway station on Manmad -Bhusval BG railway line.

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