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14 Questions for prospective Candidates

Respecting your decision to contest the BPP Trustee Election of 2015, we as community have the following points addressed to enable us to decide accordingly and do not have to go through another seven years of disrespect and agony.

BPP Elections:

Community has not recovered from the last seven years of insecurity, on account of poor leadership, commitment to deliver and working for the community cause. Differences are to be resolved in close doors. However, history teaches us to be wise. In my humble opinion to address this concern whom should we vote for?


1.    Are you willing to display your SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and threats) analysis to the community?
2.    Are you a team player – if yes, elaborating the same, not what you want to do, but how you would do it – your action plan with defined time line.
3.    Your past contribution to the cause and concerns of the community and how would you incorporate that experience as a trustee.
4.    Why you preferred to remain quite for the past seven years and in an event if you have raised your voice kindly make them public. Even if your voice has remained unheard make it public.
5.    Your perspective about the youth of our community. What do you propose to do by which our youth will stand out as humans and dwell to be entrepreneurs?
6.    Your mission, vision and value statement supported by your personal values in your DNA. Kindly define the mission, vision and value statement by an achievable time line.
7.    How would you contribute to rise the social and financial levels of Mobed Sahebs, whereby which the younger will be motivated to embrace priesthood.
8.    Your Plan of Action to protect Senior Citizens of our community and ensure a respectable life with supportive provisions, safety and their well being.
9.    How would you protect the community sentiments towards religion, religion practices and rituals?
10. Your Plan of Action to protect the community property and how you would resolve housing problem by making it affordable.
11. Today our community has several trusts doing a wonderful job, but as the efforts are being duplicated and the reach out is not maximum. Would you all collectively encourage a centralized apex body to control these activities and reach out to the genuine and needy?
12. Your views on providing medical facilities to the needy by subsidizing or making it available free to the needy and deserving Zoroastrians.
13. What would be your role in the administration of day-to-day organizational activities? Your views as regards making the BPP office a corporate entity and function democratically with responsible people with power to execute.
14. In your opinion do you feel you as trustees and the BPP administrative staffs are questionable and answerable to the community by being transparent. How do you propose to act on this point?

Thanks & Regards. Prof. Faredoon Kapadia

“Atassh” – Fire, the light of knowledge.

For Atassh Consultants.
Prof. Faredoon Kapadia
PACE – Publisher – Author – Consultant – Educator

Fire temple turns 111

The Bai Maneckbai Nusserwanji Chenoy ‘Agairi’ or Fire Temple turned 111 on Saturday. One of the oldest structures in the city, its foundation stone was laid by Putlibai Manecksaw Chenoy and the Fire Temple was consecrated on October 16, 1904.  It was awarded the HUDA Heritage Building award in 2001.

To mark the occasion, Parsis in the city had a prayer which was followed by ‘Humbandagi’ homage to the founder of the Agiary- Bai Maneckbai Nusserwanji Chenoy.  As is customary among the Parsis, it was followed by light refreshments. Ervad Mehernosh H Bharucha, head priest, said, “The Aafrin-prayers is not just about the welfare of the Parsi community but for the well being of all.”

In the evening a contributory thanksgiving ‘Machi’ prayer was offered to the ‘Padshah Saheb’ or Holy Fire in the temple. The second and third prayers of ‘Atash ni niyash’ were said in total darkness with the only illumination being the light from the flames inside.

The Parsi community in Hyderabad though small in number has contributed a lot for the social, economic and political development of the state. The Zoroastrians of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad thus renewed their spiritual strength. The Parsi population today stands close to 1,200.

By:Beyniaz Edulji

Parzor GCI Exhibitions and 2016 Programmes of Events

Dear Friends,

There have been many developments since the Hon’ble Finance Minister of India announced the Everlasting Flame (EF) Programme 2016, in his Budget Speech. We are delighted that with the support of the Government of India, the world will come to recognize the importance of Zoroastrian civilization and culture as well as its contribution to world history.

Our EF Programme is the culmination of many years of hard work, possible only because of the support of people like you from many parts of the world. We are indebted to MOMA, Ministry of Minority Affairs, our Platinum Sponsor Mr. Cyrus Poonawalla, SOAS, Google Cultural Institute, the National Museum, Delhi for helping us create an event of such magnitude. I enclose a Schedule of Events, so that you can make your own Programme to be with us on this occasion.

Today, we are happy to share with you that Google Cultural Institute will help us make the Parzor Exhibition Threads of Continuity an Interactive Exhibition covering Zoroastrianism in philosophy and practice.

It is with immense pleasure that I also wish to share with you the Online Exhibitions that have been recently curated by the team at Parzor Foundation for Google Cultural Institute –to enable a virtual experience of Zoroastrian Heritage.

Having launched Parsi Zoroastrians: From Persia to Akbar’s Court last year, we now share with you a Series of three Exhibitions on the Kusti – the sacred girdle worn by Zoroastrians on their waist. To do justice to this complex living tradition, we have divided our Research into three exhibitions.

The First Exhibition Kusti-The Sacred Cord explains the significance of the girdle in Zoroastrian worldview and the ritual ceremony of the Navjote, in which a young Zoroastrian makes an active choice to be a ‘Hamkar’ – the agent of Ahura Mazda in this world.

The Second and Third Exhibition explain the coming together of the extraordinary in the everyday as Spinning the Kusti and Weaving the Kusti – give a detailed explanation of the craft of weaving, where religion, culture and technique blend in making the Sacred cord.

The Exhibitions, we hope, will engage you using photographs, video and textual descriptions. We would be most happy to see your further interest in knowing about the Kusti, for which we may kindly recommend our book titled Threads of Continuity available for ordering on Parzor’s website .

Lastly, we also share a Fourth exhibition – Jamshed-i-Navroze – , way in advance of March 2016, hoping that it tempts you to turn up for the Everlasting Flame Programme 2016.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Shernaz Cama

Director UNESCO Parzor

Parzor Foundation

EF Programme of events 19-9-15