Monthly Archives: September 2015

Minoo Nalawalla

Dear Friends,

The reason you are reading this is because I have committed to everyone, my family and myself, the welfare of Zoroastrian community by standing as a candidate in the Bombay Parsi  Panchayat Election 2015. I am a 69yr old retired journalist, and have worked very closely with the late Busybee – Behram Contractor at Afternoon newspaper. Family and friends call me a community activist.

Born in Surat, our family moved to Mumbai just after Independence and we settled in the quaint lanes of Dadar Parsi Colony. We lived there for close to 45 years before we moved on to another area. Quite clearly, DPC has seen my childhood, youth, middle-age and more. I studied at JB Petit Technical School, Pune and pursued Mechanical Engineering. I am married to a wonderful wife and have one son who is an entrepreneur and Radio-Jockey himself.

My career has been a mixed bag and diverse. Having spent close to two decades as a journalist, I have also been part of Bollywood film industry, manufacturing units, and hospitality sector. In 2009, I also stood as an MLA candidate (independent) Colaba constituency with a single agenda – To shake our community from National politics and push our youth to stand for municipal as well as national elections, something that our community has refrained from over the past few decades. We are a community who have been active participants in nation building, but that’s somewhere got diminished, but thankfully not disappeared. It’s the same thought that has got me to stand for the elections, which are much closer and prominent for our community members.

We have all witnessed the malfunctioning of our BPP office, especially since the past seven years. This was brought to light not just by community publications but mainstream media as well, which in turn has been a huge embarrassment for each of us. Within the BPP office too, one gets to notice unprofessional, snooty and biased behavior to community members especially the old and the ones with limited means. Many made to wait for hours and at times days because our so-called eminent trustees seemed so busy with their own business and professional life.

Being a retired professional, I feel it’s my responsibility to shake things for the betterment and therefore want to stand for one word – WELFARE – of the community. I am aware the BPP office has become synonymous with corruption and other insinuating terms, but trust me – AT 69, MONEY IS THE LAST THING ON MY MIND. At an age where one would love to retire with their family I am willing to give up the pleasures, roll my sleeves up and do the job myself.


I am NOT power hungry but highly motivated. Team or no team, I can get things done..

Immaterial of me winning or losing, will try my best and send strong message to both, the outgoing trustees as well as the fellow candidates to ensure there is no place for greed and corruption in this office. Even if I lose, I will continue to hound the BPP office and make them accountable for their actions at all times, as I have been doing over the past several years. I have been a silent fighter and believe now is the time for me to come out in the open and take this cause in an assertive way.

I believe it’s high time our community gets a full-time name in BPP office who’s mere presence can expedite work and decisions. The BPP office needs several spokes. Without a fair representation of the society mix, we may witness a repeat to the same past seven years. I strongly believe I am able and can fill THAT one gap in the seven seats with my ‘ACTION’ ability.


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MMA in India – An interview with Khushnoor Jijina

Even though MMA or mixed martial arts bouts have been taking place throughout the world since the 1900s, the sport has only recently gained massive popularity in the West with organisations like UFC and Pride promoting fights in a huge way.

In India however, it’s a different story. To figure out why it hasn’t picked up in our country yet, we speak to Khushnoor Jijina, a practitioner of the sport as well as someone who is currently training young athletes hungry enough to prove themselves in the ring.

Jijina began training in martial arts at the age of eleven. He’s highly proficient in both Karate as well as Judo for which he has won numerous awards. These two arts strengthened his base that he then expanded significantly by training with several experts in Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. This opened up the doors to competitive MMA including the FCC Championship and as well as the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).

He no longer fights professionally but since then, he’s added Krav Maga to his repertoire of skills and has even doubled up as judge for many MMA events across the country.

So why do you think MMA isn’t that popular in India?

There are multiple reasons why MMA hasn’t become a mainstream sport in India.
Firstly, MMA is relatively new as a sport, unlike traditional martial arts that have been around since the last century. However several teachers have taught various aspects of MMA in their classes such as Kickboxing, Boxing, Taekwondo without necessarily labelling it as MMA.

Secondly, MMA is a brutal sport and that goes against the Indian psyche, which has never accepted more blood-letting for the sake of sport. It is far more accepting of traditional martial arts that teach respect, ethics and discipline, while focusing on developing the spirit and the mentality to fight only if the need arises.

Thirdly, there isn’t enough institutional or financial support. It’s a chicken-egg problem. There aren’t enough places to train, sponsors to fund events, nor is there enough backing by the government to develop skilled trainers and fighters, and as a result there isn’t enough interest in the sport. This again leads to lack of sponsors and training facilities. This cycle needs to be broken.

What are some of the problems you’ve faced while trying to promote MMA in India? What are some of the challenges faced by today’s fighters?

Many fighters are entering MMA just to make some money. The students are not adequately conditioned to take a brutal beating. MMA fighters must be well-accomplished in grappling and boxing techniques, as well as ground work.

Secondly, there is no proper base yet on which to build MMA in India. Every traditional martial art has pillars on which the art is based, MMA lacks such a base. It takes a few techniques from Boxing, Muay Thai, Karate, Judo, and these aren’t very effective against really well trained mixed martial artists.

We need at least about 10 more years for the art to mature in India.

Do you think MMA can become as popular in India as it is in the West?

The brutal nature of MMA makes it difficult to be adopted widely as a means of practice. MMA can become popular and mainstream, if there is more structure to the art and clear lines of progression, so that it can be practiced not just as means of fighting but also as a form of discipline and self-improvement.

To be practiced in clubs, gymnasiums and as a form of recreation/socialization, elements of MMA will need to be stripped of their lethality and practiced for the self-improvement and self-awareness that they give to a practitioner.

Why have companies like UFC, Strikeforce etc not entered India yet?

UFC and Strikeforce will enter India only when there is a greater awareness and interest, even if only at the spectator level.

Could you give us an example of an MMA fighter’s routine, including diet? Do you have to be of a certain fitness level to consider training?

Train to develop great skills, train for super strength, agility and fitness, because that’s what you need when you fight. Eat a healthy diet that consists of protein, good fats, clean carbohydrates like vegetables, lentils and grains, and try to minimize your junk food intake.

You do not need to be of a certain level of fitness to consider training. Once you start to train and are sincere, you will get to your desired fitness. Of course, you need to be of a certain fitness level to fight and train competitively, but not recreationally. Training consistently is the key to getting better – in all sports.


Hundreds of years ago

We too came as refugees

Were given humanitarian treatment

Neither abused or treated like fleas

We arrived at the shore of Sanjan

With mere clothes on our backs

We were given asylum

Without papers,IDS

Or any questions or tagged

“Parsi Thy Name is Charity”

It must ring a bell?

Though there are other

Disturbing stories

I would like to tell

We have prospered

Over the years

So also our Ego & Pride

Being a Zoroastrian

Means nothing

A mere pebble in the sand

There is no accountibility

From Scholars or priests

They can teach what they

And get away with it

We like Fools seem to follow

Every darn word we seem to swallow

Knowing it is morally wrong

As the continue to divide the community

Creating misery sadness & sorrow

Who cares for the needy poor the unfortunate

It’s up to the BPP (so called Care takers)

Making sure there is enough on their plate

At the same time they seem to say

Let Ahura Mazda take care of them

When they arrive at the Pearly Gates.