Udvada (Valsad), Gujarat, 23rd Dec, 2017: Salient points of my speech during “Iranshah Udvada Utsav-2017” at Udvada (Valsad), Gujarat:

Union Minority Affairs Minister Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that Parsi community has immense contribution in strengthening the social harmony and brotherhood in the country.

Addressing people from Parsi community, gathered in a large number from across the world, at “Iranshah Udvada Utsav-2017” at Udvada, Gujarat, Shri Naqvi said that the Parsi community has a very important contribution in nation building and the community has been a “role model” for other communities for its culture and traditions. The Parsi community has given so many great people who have been “architects of nation building”.

Shri Naqvi said that even though the Parsi community is a very small minority community in India, there is no doubt that the Parsi community is one of the most liberal, aware towards education and an example of “peace and harmony”.

Shri Naqvi said that Jamshetji Tata played a crucial role in industrial development of India; Dadabhai Naoroji and Madam Bhikaji Cama played an important role in India’s freedom struggle; Homi J Bhabha is “father of Indian nuclear programme. Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw’s service to the nation will be remembered always. Be it industry, military service, legal service, architecture or civil services, the Parsi community has always shown its talent.

Earlier, Shri Naqvi also visited “Fire Temple” and other various holy places of Parsi community at Udvada.

On the occasion, Shri Naqvi also launched a new film on “Jiyo Parsi”. Shri Naqvi said that declining population of Parsi community in India is a matter of concern. “Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2” was launched in July 2017. “Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-1” was initiated in 2013 for containing the declining trend of population of the Parsi community and reverse it to bring their population above the threshold level.

The main objective of the “Jiyo Parsi” scheme is to reverse the declining trend of Parsi population by adopting a scientific protocol and structured interventions, stabilize their population and increase the population of Parsis in India. Ministry of Minority Affairs’ scheme has two components: Medical Assistance and Advocacy/Counselling. The scheme has been successful. More than 100 babies have been born in Parsi community through “Jiyo Parsi” scheme.