THE PARSI POPULATION PROBLEM

While India’s overall population continues to increase rapidly, the country’s Parsi community faces a population problem of a different kind: It’s decreasing rapidly. Originally followers of Zoroastrianism who settled in India in the 8th century, the number of Parsis in India has halved in the last 60 years and now stands at approximately 57,000. The “Jiyo Parsi” scheme initiated by the government to tackle the issue, encourages the Parsis to go forth and multiply with cheeky taglines like “I’d rather have a dog than a baby. But the really cool ones have both.” It seem to be working as the 102nd Parsi baby was born since the initiative was launched in 2013.

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