Monthly Archives: March 2018

Prime Minister Rt Hon Theresa May Jamsheedi NoRuz message to the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe and Zoroastrian community

We at the ZTFE are delighted to share with you, that once again the ZTFE and the Zoroastrian community has received a celebratory message for Jamsheedi NoRuz on Wednesday 21st March 2018 from our Prime Minster Rt Hon Theresa May.  Please download the attached letter on 10 Downing Street letterhead, the text is pasted below. 
 
I would like to wish everyone celebrating Jamsheedi NoRuz a very happy year.  Although NoRuz is celebrated by many communities, its origins and religious significance are, of course Zoroastrian.  
 
History records that the Zoroastrians have celebrated the joyous spring festival of Jamsheedi NoRuz for over 2500 years.  It continues to the first day of spring and has special significance, as it is a time for the restoration of peace and the renovation of the world.  It is also a celebration of the revival of nature, bringing with it warmth and prosperity after the cold winter months.
 

May the spirit of renovation that symbolizes the ancient Zoroastrian festival of Jamsheedi NoRuz be emulated by all people and nations, where friendships are renewed and quarrels are set aside to usher in peace, tranquility, well-being and the rejuvenation of happiness and all that is good in the world.
 
The Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe is the oldest Asian faith-based voluntary association in the UK and together with the Zoroastrian community has contributed to the progress, well-being and prosperity of our country. I wish you all peace and joy on this day of NoRuz.
 
Theresa May
21 March 2018

Many of you are aware that the oldest photograph in the ZTFE archives, is of our then president Dr Dadabhai Naoroji (first Indian / Asian MP in Britain), together with Sir Mancherjee Merwanjee Bhownaggree (second Indian / Asian MP), Allan Octavian Hume (Father of the Indian National Congress) and guests from other faith communities including founder members of the Indian National Congress, celebrating Jamsheedi NoRuz in 1906 at the Cafe Royal, Regents Street. This year, just like in the previous 111 years, the ZTFE together with the Zoroastrian community celebrated Jamsheedi NoRuz on 21st March. On behalf of Team ZTFE, I thank you for your continued support and loyalty, thus enabling the ZTFE to continue to celebrate this ancient Zoroastrian New Year festival on the actual day itself.

 

Yours sincerely 

Malcolm M Deboo
Malcolm M Deboo
President
Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (Incorporated), Established 1861
Oldest Asian Faith Based Voluntary Organisation in the United Kingdom  
Zoroastrian Centre, 440 Alexandra Avenue , Harrow, Middlesex HA2 9TL , UK
Religious and Cultural Centre of the Parsi & Irani Zoroastrian Community

Parsi Delegation Meets PM Modi On Navroz

On 20th March, 2018, a 16-member Parsi delegation from Mumbai and New Delhi met the H’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at Parliament House, New Delhi. The delegation, organised and led by Dasturji Khurshed K. Dastoor, Zoroastrian representative at the National Commission for Minorities, constituted the following from Mumbai – Havovi Khurshed Dastoor, Sam Bulsara, Er. Dr. Ramiyar P.Karanjia, Hoshaang Gotla, Zubin Khapoliwala, Tina Patel, Areez Patel and Natasha Dubash. From New Delhi, four Trustees of the Delhi Parsi Anjuman – Adil Nargolwala, Cyrus Engineer, Ashdeen Lilaowala and Niloofer Mistry were part of the delegation, as also were Dr. Shernaz Cama and Homai Engineer.

The delegation reached the Parliament House at 10.45 am and within a short time, the Prime Minister graciously met the delegation. Dasturji Khurshed and Er. Dr. Karanjia initiated the proceedings by showering blessings on Shri Narendra Modi and later Dr. Karanjia explained the meaning of the Avestan benedictions. Each member of the delegation was briefly introduced and they highlighted the work they were doing for the community and the nation.

The Prime Minister, in his brief address, said that he was very fond of the Zoroastrian community and being with the Parsis, even for a short time, was a sure way of dissipating the stress and tensions of the entire day. He also complimented the Parsis for being a peace loving community and asked them to remain that way. He also mentioned that the young members of the Community should marry and multiply.

The delegation took the opportunity to put certain proposals before the Prime Minister. They requested the Prime Minister to confer Bharat Ratna posthumously on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw and that a prominent road in New Delhi be named after him. Dr. Shernaz Cama requested the PM to grant them a place for a permanent exhibition of 100 years of Parsi Theatre. The PM assured that he will instruct the proper persons to assist in this process. On this cue, the PM appreciated Parsi theatre and fondly remembered Yazdi Karanjia, the thespian senior theatre artist, and expressed his desire to see Parsi theatre (Gujrati rangmanch).

Dasturji Khurshed requested the PM to help the community in getting endowment seats for Parsi students in Professional Colleges all over India. He also briefed the Prime Minister about the success of the first and second Iranshah Udvada Utsav held in December 2015 and 2017. He was also informed about the activities of XYZ (Xtremely YoungZoroastrians) and the social service done by the children of the community involved in Making A Difference.

The delegation presented flowers, gifts and momentos to the PM Modi and he warmly greeted Jamshedi Navroz to the entire delegation and asked that his good wishes be conveyed to the entire Community.