THE Parsi community – also known as Zoroastrians – was praised by the High Commissioner for India to the UK, for its role in India’s freedom struggle, as well as in post-independence nation building.
His Excellency, the High Commissioner Shri Navtej Sarna spoke at an event held under the aegis of Zoroastrian All Party Parliamentary Group, in association with the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (ZTFE), in the committee hall of the British Parliament.
He was the special guest speaker along with two others, Dr David Landsman OBE, Head of Tata in the UK and Sir Mominic Cadbury, ex-Chairman of Cadbury and Schweppes, on the topic of Faith based ethics in Business: The Cadbury and The Tata Way. The event was chaired by Lord Karan Bilimori, pictured above with the guests and High Commissioner, right.
The High Commissioner recalled that a handful of people from Iran had landed on Indian shores seeking a place where they could freely profess and pursue their religion more than a thousand years ago.
The Zoarastrians, or Parsis, as they came to be known had been absorbed into India’s patchwork quilt of religions and ethnicities. Maintaining their strong sense of identity and culture, the Parsis had made a rich contribution to India over the centuries.
The High Commissioner recalled personalities like Dadabhai Naoroji, Pherozeshah Mehta, Dr Homi Bhaba, Field Marshall Sam Maneckshaw and Maestro Zubin Mehta, who had all played a great role in various fields in modern Indian history.