India’s Parsis

Published: January 1, 2013

NEW DELHI: This is with reference to Aakar Patel’s article of December 30 titled “Why Parsis are India’s finest citizens”.

This particular column by Mr Patel is perhaps the best of his recent ones that I have been reading in your newspaper. The fact of the matter is that Parsis brought sunshine wherever they went — be it Bombay or Karachi (Ardeshir Cowasjee, for example). As for Ratan Tata, one flaw in his otherwise sterling business foresight is his failed investment programme in Bangladesh a few years ago, when he miscalculated the country’s natural gas reserve.

Regarding their charity work, Parsis are like the Americans — big hearted and their wallets always open for education and the underprivileged. As for the Ambanis or the Birlas, they made their money by squeezing the system or at the expense of the poor. Despite their vast riches or billion dollar mansions, these people will always stay small in the hearts of India’s population. Nobody cares about them — they are just another face in the crowd.

Rajat Roy

Published in The Express Tribune, January 2nd, 2013.


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Reader Comments (5)

  • G. Din
    Jan 2, 2013 - 1:36AM

    Parsis, like our Sikhs, are our national treasure! We wouldn’t consider ourselves complete without them! Bless them all!


  • Cynical
    Jan 2, 2013 - 5:21PM

    @G. Din

    I am happy to agree. An aspect about their history which is scarcely acknowledged is that they never professed victimhood or played the victim card, since their persecution in Persia. There is something about them that all other religious communities could learn from.


  • Advait
    Jan 2, 2013 - 8:14PM

    Incidentally .. Birla is also a Parsi, as were the Godrej’s
    They have also contributed significantly to society albeit not at the scale of Tata.


  • Cynical
    Jan 3, 2013 - 1:04AM


    ‘Incidentally.. Birla is also a Parsi,’

    You must be suffering a hangover from the New Year party.


  • Rashid
    Jan 3, 2013 - 4:19PM


    Birla is a Mewari


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