Dear Fali S Nariman,
‘Parsis taught Gujatatis how to laugh, brought humor into their lives. Parsi dramas are the most popular and are very humorous’, these were the exact words used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at an event on 7 Race Course Road (now Lok Kalyan Marg) in 2015. Apart from these statements, PM Modi went on to describe an interesting story of how the Parsi community came to ‘Udvada’ in Gujarat.
Jadi Rana, a Hindu King of currently what is being called Gujarat, was one known for his impartial and just treatment. Zoroastrians were subjected to religious persecution following the fall of the Sassanid Empire, which incidentally was due to the rise of Islam in middle east. The Zoroastrians sought asylum from this Hindu King of Gujarat.
Jadi Rana motioned to a vessel of milk filled to the very brim to signify that his kingdom was already full and could not accept refugees. But the intelligent Zoroastrian priests added a pinch of sugar to the milk, thus indicating that they would not bring the vessel to overflowing and indeed make the lives of the citizens sweeter.
Jadi Rana, not only accepted them with open arms but had also set up a 25 kilo meter (KM) radius so that no other religion should enter. He considered Parsi as the guest of his empire and no one will enter when they perform their religious functions. The Parsi Agiari (Fire Temple) also stands testimony for the same.
PM Narendra Modi went on to describe Udvada as a ‘religious harmony capital’ and launched a coin in their respect on the 175th successful year of Jamsetji Tata birth Centenary.
Prannoy Roy and Shekhar Gupta are always known for their controversial questioning methodologies, especially towards leaders who are proud to belong to the Hindu community. Just before the Uttar Pradesh Election results were announced, we can see this interview between NDTV and CM Yogi Adityanath.
In a question which begins with targeting his Hindu religious background, Prannoy Roy asks ‘Are you an Indian or Hindu?’. He also suggests that he gives an opportunity for CM Yogi to clear the air for himself. But CM Yogi makes a statement ‘Being a Hindu and Indian are the same’.
As usual our NDTV anchors drill further by pointing to the person next to him who belonged to the Parsi community, ‘Can he be an Indian without being Hindu?’. CM Yogi goes on to answer, ‘Parsi Community members are probably the biggest Patriots in India !!!’. But as always the debate turns communal and Prannoy Roy pulls out questions about Muslims.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
Crooked presstitutes try to trap Yogi Adityanath, fail miserably pic.twitter.com/LyHyZVBA9W
— Lilly Mary Pinto (@LillyMaryPinto) March 7, 2017
Sir it is a well know fact that you and your son Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman are very prominent member of the Parsi Community. Your son has delivered successful judgments that have always upheld the Indian constitution. The recent judgement on 66 A delivered by your son Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman is one of a landmark verdict.
Apart from being such esteemed members of India, both of you are ordained priests at Bandra Agiary in Mumbai. As per a blog post from 2014, former supreme court judge Markandey Katju had described, ‘When Rohinton was 12 years old he was sent to the Parsi priests school, where he had to stay for 28 days in the agiari (the fire temple), in seclusion and was not allowed to meet anyone or talk to anyone. He had to pray 5 times a day and memorize the 72 chapters of the Zendavesta, the Parsi holy book.’
This Saturday you sir had raised questions over the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister to Shekhar Gupta, asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘if it is the beginning of a Hindu state’.
Constitution is under threat, let me be very frank. A priest is made CM & if u can’t see it, u need eyes or head examined: Fali Nariman #OTC
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) March 25, 2017
You also went ahead to make this statement, ‘The Constitution is under threat. With the massive electoral victory in UP, a priest has been installed as the chief minister at the insistence of the Prime Minister… is a signal and if you cannot see then either you are the spokespersons of political parties or you must have your head or eyes examined.’
Being a practicing and proud Hindu, I have certain questions which I respectfully would like to ask both you and NDTV Shekhar Gupta.
To Fali S Nariman:-
- When members from Parsi Community can become priests and then go on to become a Justice in India, did the Constitution ever come under threat?
- In Hindu state, right from the days of Gupta to Pallava to Vijayanagara empire, accommodating all religions is a representation of Hinduism, what has changed now that you are scared of a Hindu state?
- Why do you think Yogi Adithyanath, a five time Member of Parliament from gorakhpur and a priest of Gorakhnath Math, cannot become a Chief Minister?
- Why do the elite members of India look down upon simple and humble leaders just because of their Hindu origin?
- Maulana Azad was a Muslim priest, wasn’t he a Education Minister of Independent India. What was the assault on Indian constitution then?
- You are an eminent jurist, Why can’t a Chief Minister be judged on his performance rather than religion?
To Shekhar Gupta:-
- You were present in the interview with CM Yogi, why didn’t you quote what he said about the parsi community member to Jurist Fali S Nariman?
- Did you hide your journalistic ethics in a bag when Jurist Fali S Nariman was making such statements?
- Is it a fault to be a proud Hindu in India, why isn’t there anyone from the Main Stream Media trying to present our views?
I really hope you both will be able to answer my questions and ensure that this country is an open book for all rather than a set of elite members.
A Software Engineer and Proud Hindu from humble beginnings