Monthly Archives: February 2014

“Forum for Peace” with Olivier Urbain this Sun 2 PM

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A Forum for Peace
Daisaku Ikeda’s Proposals to the UN
We still have a few seats left for our Culture of Peace event at 2PM on Sunday, February 23 when we welcome the Toda Institute’s Dr. Olivier Urbain, for a look at the peace philosophy of Buddhist thinker and peacebuilder Daisaku Ikeda as expressed through his 31 years of peace proposals.
Seating is limited, so please RSVP, either by clicking here, or calling Lisa Howe at 202-338-5491, Ext 104.
Warmest wishes,
Bill Aiken

Every year since 1983 the Buddhist leader and thinker, Daisaku Ikeda, has issued a peace proposal that presents solutions to a variety of global problems. Themes like human security, the empowerment of women, nuclear disarmament and the centrality of dialogue are throughout informed by an unshakeable belief in the potential and promise of the UN’s world mission, as well as by Ikeda’s own experience of the cruelty of war and his articulation of Buddhism as a practical route to peace. The book makes a timely and vital contribution to ethics, peace studies and international relations.
Where & When
SGI-USA Buddhist Culture Center
3417 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20007
2PM Sunday, February 23, 2014
 Reception with light refreshments to follow
   Admission is free, but seating is limited
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Olivier Urbain, was appointed director of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research in April 2008. He was formerly professor of Modern Languages and Peace Studies at Soka University, Japan, and director of the Transcend: Art and Peace Network (T:AP).  He was also the co-convener of the Commission on Art and Peace (CAP) of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA). Publications include several articles about the power of the arts for peace, as well as the edition of Music and Conflict Transformation.  His current research project is the formulation of a theory of positive peace that integrates the interrelated frameworks of Humanistic Psychology, Communicative Rationality and Cosmopolitan Democracy, with a book on this topic published in 2010 (IB Tauris), entitled Daisaku Ikeda’s Philosophy of Peace.
Soka Gakkai International-USA
Buddhist Culture Center
3417 Massachusetts AV NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20007

Afterglow: National Award Winning Film

Written and Directed by Kaushal Oza, “Afterglow” is a tragi-comic piece about a Parsi widow who has just lost her husband and the condolence visitors who come in to offer their mock sympathy. It won the National Award for the Best Short Film on Family Values at the 60th edition of the Awards. It has also won 8 other Best Film Awards and has been screened at various international film festivals around the world. It was part of a selection of the best Indian short films of the past decade at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France in 2013.

Anahita Uberoi
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal
Sohrab Ardeshir
Meher Acharia-Dar
Danesh Khambatta

Manesh Madhavan

Monsiha R Baldawa

Sound Recording and Design:
Tanmoy Basu

Johannes Helsberg

Production Design:
Pallavi Bagga
Ramcharantej Labani

Art Director:
Prashant Parab

Associate Directors:
Armin Turel
Govinda Raju

Casting Director:
Satchit Puranik

Produced by:

Screenplay and Direction
Kaushal Oza

Norouz Gala 2014 – London, United Kingdom – 22 March 2014



Invites you to celebrate The Persian New Year


with its legendary hospitality on
Saturday 22nd March 2014
The Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London W1K 7TN
Featuring Rising Star


Concession Tickets for Under 30s
Reception 7:30 PM
Carriages 1:30 AM

Parsis too get the right to adopt after historic Supreme Court of India ruling

The right to adopt a child – till now restricted to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains – now extends to Muslims, Christians, Jews, Parsis and all other communities.

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that any person can adopt a child under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000 irrespective of the religion he or she follows and even if the personal laws of the particular religion does not permit it.

“Till now Muslims, Christians, Jews and those from the Parsi community only had the power of guardianship in which one possess only legal right on the child till he or she turns an adult. The biological parents have a right to intervene during that period. Adoption makes one natural parents and the child also gets all rights akin to a naturally born child and even inherit property,” said senior lawyer Colin Gonsalves who represented social activist Shabnam Hashmi, the petitioner in the case.

Click Here for the full story

Eminent Parsees Of India

  In science and industry

                 In academia


      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).

          Indian Independence Movement



           In arts


Courtesy : Soli Engineer

International Day of Nowruz

Quick Facts

The UN’s International Day of Nowruz, also known as Nowruz, No-Ruz, No-Rooz or No Ruz, is observed on March 21 each year.

Local names

Name Language
International Day of Nowruz English
Día Internacional de Nowruz Spanish
נורוז Hebrew
نوروز Arabic
누루즈 Korean
Internationaler Norooz-Tag German

International Day of Nowruz 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

International Day of Nowruz 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015
List of dates for other years

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Nowruz celebrates the start of the Persian spring festivalMarch 21 ever year. It occurs on or around the time of the March equinox.

Nowruz celebrations can include traditional folk dances.

What do people do?

About 300 million people worldwide celebrate Nowruz, with traditions and rituals particularly strong in the Balkans, the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. Events may include folk dance performances, special concerts, and tree planting ceremonies.

Public life

International Nowruz Day is a global observance. The Nowruz festival is a public holiday in some countries, such as Iran.


Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It was proclaimed as an official UN observance because it promotes peace and solidarity, particularly in families. The day also focuses reconciliation and neighborliness, contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.

International Day of Nowruz Observances

Tata – India’s most valuable brand

According to a list released today of world’s 500 most valued brand, Brand Finance Global 500, Apple is followed by Samsung (USD 79 billion) at second place globally. In the top-ten, these two are followed byGoogleMicrosoft, Verizon, GE, AT&T, Amazon, Walmart and IBM.

Tata has retained its top place among Indian brands and its global ranking has also improved from 39th in 2013 to 34th now. However, the number of Indian companies on the list has declined to five from six.

Tata’s brand value has increased from USD 18.2 billion to USD 21.1 billion, and it has consistently improved its ranking since being placed 100th in the year 2007.

Click Here for the full item from Economic Times

How To Earn An Elite MBA For Free

The MOOC Revolution
by Jeff SchmittPoets & QuantsAuthor on December 17, 2013
 massive open online courses—MOOC’s
……there is one characteristic that marks all MOOCs: They are available to anyone.
 And that’s why they’re becoming a booming business. Sure, many MOOCs are free. But they’re also drawing millions of students. That’s why platforms like CourseraedX, and Udacity are partnering with schools to house content. For example, edX started as a consortium between Harvard and MIT – and has since added the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Texas to its membership (along with recently joining forces with Google). Coursera was launched by Stanford professors and offers undergraduate and graduate courses from programs ranging from Wharton to Stanford.
And that begs the question: With so much content available for free, do students even need to enroll in college anymore? MOOCs have democratized education globally (provided you have an internet connection). Could students conceivably treat education like a build-your-own IKEA furniture?
Take business school education. For decades, entrepreneurs have counseled professionals to find a mentor and earn your MBA in the ‘school of hard knocks.’ Sounds tempting, but knowledge is power. And it’s very costly to make those same fundamental mistakes in launching a business. So ask yourself these questions: 1) What if these would-be MBA candidates could review course catalogs and identify foundational courses and electives that would fill their knowledge gaps? 2) What if they could use this research to construct a learning plan that would build their knowledge, step-by-step, like a normal curriculum? 3) And what if they could locate these courses on MOOC platforms like Coursera and edX?
It’s a tempting proposition. Imagine taking two MOOCs every eight weeks. You could theoretically finish your MBA in the same time it takes to complete a traditional program. Now, ask yourself these two key questions: 1) Is the right content available? 2) Does it come from a reputable source? The answer is both questions is “Absolutely.” You can find much of the content covered in an MBA curriculum online at little to no cost.
Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

Music of Reza Vali: Carpe Diem Quartet

Music of Reza Vali: Carpe Diem Quartet
Music of Reza Vali: Carpe Diem Quartet
Date Saturday, March 8, 2014, 7:30 pm
Categories After Five, Performances
Venue Freer Gallery
Event Location Meyer Auditorium
Cost Free tickets required.
Related Events Pre-concert tour, Iran in the Near East, 6:45 pm
Guest artist, Dariush Saghafisantur

NPR named Iranian American composer Reza Vali’s concerto for ney (Persian flute) one of the top ten classical recordings of 2013. Hear the adventuresome Carpe Diem Quartet—which the Washington Post called “extraordinary”—perform Vali’s Calligraphy No. 12, for santur and strings, along with his latest set of folk songs.

The Freer and Sackler Galleries are accessible by Metro – Orange and Blue Lines at the Smithsonian Stop on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
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