Prominent Parsis form a think tank to reduce community conflicts
The think tank includes former managing director of Tata Power Adi Engineer; adman Sam Balsara; senior advocates like Darius Khambata, Burjor Antia and Nadir Modi; high priest Khurshed Dastur and former Bombay Parsi Punchayet trustee Dinshaw Tamboly and Maneck Davar.
“In any and every community, there are sections that follow different ideologies. The situation is the same in our community and it often results in conflicts,” said Engineer, who put forward the suggestion of forming a group to ease tensions between liberal and conservative Parsis.
“The idea is to find amicable solutions without imposing any ideology on anyone.”
An email containing ‘charter for co-existence’ was circulated in the community recently to announce the formation of the think tank.
“I fully agree with the sentiments expressed by the ‘Fab Eight’, said Punchayet chairman Dinshaw Mehta, referring to the think tank.
Mehta said a council of elders should also be formed to discuss all controversial issues. “But disparate groups will have to put their egos aside and be prepared to obey the council’s decision,” Mehta said.
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