While participating in a three-day long ‘Iranshah Udvada Utsav’, today, Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani extoled that Parsi community, which migrated to India some 1300 years ago, is a perfect example of communal harmony and brotherhood.
This biannual event – ‘Iranshah Udvada Utsav’ was commenced by Prime Minister Mr. Narendrabhai Modi few years ago, when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Speaking at the function held at Udvada town in Valsad district, the Chief Minister, drawing attention at controversy created over recently passed CAA by the Central Government, said that the pain of separating from the motherland can be understood by only who have been forced to migrate to protect their religion and culture.
Those who oppose the CAA are being misled by politically vested interest elements, he firmly opined and stated that it is not a bill to withdraw citizenship of anyone. And urged people to be cautious against such elements
which are bent upon to disturb and break the cultural and social unity and heritage of the country.
Mr. Rupani expressed gratitude on getting opportunity to bow before the pious pyre, which was brought here from Iran some 1300 years ago, and praised the Parsi community for its peaceful and harmonious living style with
Despite of being micro-minority community in India, the Parsi community’s great personalities such as Ratan Tata, Cyrus Poonawala, Gen. Sam Manekshaw, Madam Cama, Nani Palkhiwala, and many others have made
enormous contributions in the development of Gujarat and country, Mr. Rupani said.
Member of National Minority Commission of India (Zoroastrian – Parsi) Mr. Vada Dastur Khurshed Dastoor recalled that ‘The Iranshah Udvada Utsav’ was a dream of Prime Minister Mr. Narendrabhai Modi. He also praised the cooperation of Chief Minister and the state government in resolving the problems pertaining to Parsi community and its development. In the event attractions such as Heritage Walk, Photo Gallery, Street Arts, Treasure Hunt Competition, Antique Clocks, and delicious recipes of Parsi community were also on display along with exhibition of arts and culture.
The event was also graced by Minister of State for Tribal Development and Forest Mr. Ramanlal Patkar, Member of Parliament Dr. K. C. Patel, MLA Mr. Kanubhai Desai, Parsi community’s leaders – Mr. Behram Mehta, Mr. Jahangir
Panthagi, Mrs. Havavi Dastoor, Mr. Dinsha Tamboli and others.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat