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see ParsisParsis
or Parsees
, religious community of India, practicing Zoroastrianism. The Parsis (numbering about 75,000) are concentrated in Maharashtra and Gujarat states, especially in Mumbai. Their ancestors migrated from Iran in the 8th cent. to avoid Muslim persecution.
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Sidhwa reflects the political philosophy and ideology of the Parsees as a loyal subject of the British Raj.
The brewery ostensibly caters only for the country's small communities of Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Parsees and foreigners.
1974) The Parsees in India: A Minority as Agents of Social Change.
The Parsees, who were early players in the west of the country, were mostly from rich communities and they continued to be prominent until the 1970s when Farokh Engineer represented the country.
The reason is that, in India, personal law and religion are closely intertwined, and "India is a land of religions, Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Muslims, Parsees, and Sikhs .
The Congress never lost this sense that the nation was the sum of the subcontinent's species, and that the more Parsees, Muslims, Dalits, Sikhs, and Christians it could count in its Hindu ranks, the better was its claim to represent the nation.
In the process, other groups-Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, Parsees, Orthodox Christians, and others who have also long been silent--have also emerged to national prominence and are insisting on their rights.
He and the meeting organizers admitted that many Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains and Parsees attended the prayer rally led by Dinakaran, a Protestant evangelist, and his team.
That's the fault of our upbringing and culture--we can't associate Parsees with computers and cell phones, despite the number of engineers that came over from that part of the planet to graduate from our schools and work alongside us in US industry.
For example, India's 76 000-strong Parsees community does not bury its dead; bodies are placed in `towers of silence', for the bones to be picked clean by vultures.