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As the Parsi population dwindles in India, will some dating advice help?

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“All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
The spiders eat the insects,
The leopards eat the dogs
Wehumans eat most things that move
The Lord God feeds us all.”
From The Book of Dhoka Cola by Bachchoo

Mumbai’s newspapers announced a radical move by a Parsi Zoroastrian organisation together with a government agency for minorities to expand the numbers of the dwindling Parsi community. These stalwarts will advise young Parsi men on how to conduct themselves during a date with Parsi girls.

This initiative is aimed, the media reports said, at releasing these boys from mummy’s apron strings. Hence the advice not to take mobile calls from their mothers when out on a date. And they will be told to take girls flowers and not say that mummy chose them.

All this is good advice on one level, but is it the solution to the problem, which fundamentally is the threat of extinction of the Parsi race in India and with it the passing of the first monotheistic religion of the world? The advice may save on mummy’s mobile phone bills and will marginally boost the floral trade, but will it result in more Parsis being born?

This is not something that worries Parsis alone. The government of India’s ministry of minority affairs has expressed its concern without providing any solution. And I can now tell you, gentle reader, that I am a personal witness to the fact........

© The Asian Age