Subject: To, The Editor - Bombay Samachar PTA 08/11/2009
To: "Dara Acidwalla"
Date: Sunday, 8 November, 2009, 20:39
Parsi Tari Arsi (PTA), The Bombay Samachar PTA Edition Dated 08/11/2009
To, The Editor,
In your "Parsi Tari Arsi" column which appeared in the Bombay Samachar
of 1st November 2009, your correspondent Smita Godrej Crishna has
erroneously mentioned inter alia: "The two Trustees belonging to WAPIZ
by issuing a ban against the two priests Ervad Madon and Ervad Mirza,
preventing them from praying at Doongerwadi and two Agiaries – have
taken on the seemingly self-appointed role of religious authority ..It
is deeply distressing that only one Trustee Mr. Noshir Dadrawala has
had the courage to raise his voice in opposition, apparently with no
support from the other Trustees."
These pronouncements are totally misleading and completely distorted.
We all know that Mr. Noshir Dadrawala is a deeply religious person and
as a matter of fact at the Board Meeting of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet
held on 4th August 2009 all the Trustees, without exception (including
RESOLVED THAT Mr. Khushroo Madon and Mr. Faramroze Mirza shall not be
permitted to perform any religious ceremonies/rituals in any B.P.P.
properties or B.P.P. run institutions, at Doongerwadi, Godavara Agiary
or Jokhi Agiary at Godrej Baug.
RESOLVED FURTHER THAT B.P.P. Trustees or their employees/staff, at
such places of worship, shall take such steps as may be necessary to
give effect to this Resolution.
At the said meeting, Trustee Mr. Dadrawala had handed over a letter
dated 3rd August 2009 from Mr. Homi R. Khusrokhan on the same issue.
After detailed deliberation all the Trustees unanimously passed the
What is more Vada Dasturji Dr. Kaikhushroo M. JamaspAsa, High Priest
of the Anjuman Atashbehram, Vada Dasturji Dr. Firoze M. Kotwal, Vada
Dasturji Meherji K. Meherjirana of Navsari, Vada Dasturji Dr. Peshotan
H. Mirza of Udwada and Vada Dasturji Cyrus N. Dastur of Surat by their
letter dated 27.8.2009 had welcomed the Trustees' decision to boycott
the service of these two renegade mobeds who have also advertised in
the Parsi Press offering their services for irreligious acts such as
praying for the dead who have been cremated and for carrying out
conversion ceremonies of non-Parsis.
With warmest regards,
Godrej N. Dotivala
Public Relations Officer
Bombay Parsi Punchayet