New Delhi, 20 March, 2016:Press release of salient points of my speech at inauguration of Parsi community’s exhibition “Painted Encounters Parsi Traders and the Community & No Parsi is an Island” at New Delhi .

Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs & Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that there is need to make ideal and source of inspiration of the new generation, those great personalities of nation building and country’s victory saga who have been forgotten due to “political prejudice”.

While inaugurating Parsi community’s exhibition “Painted Encounters Parsi Traders and the Community & No Parsi is an Island” at National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, Shri Naqvi said that 80 % part of pre-independence and post-independence history of the country became “Gatha Granth” (saga text) of a single family. We have to bring forward before the new generation, history of those people who have made tremendous contribution in nation building.

Shri Naqvi said that every society feels proud in connecting itself with their great personalities. Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Buddhist, Jain communities have produced such freedom fighters and other great personalities who sacrificed their life for the country; they were “Architect of Bharat Nirman”. We have been making the people aware of history of the Parsi community which has played a vital role in nation building.

Shri Naqvi said that in the coming days, we will also make efforts so that glorious and nationalistic history of the Minority communities reaches to the people.

Shri Naqvi said that the Parsi and other Minority communities have an outstanding and crucial contribution in India’s development. The Parsi community has also given a number of great personalities who have contributed a lot in various fields. The hard work of Jamsetji Tata to see India as an industrially independent nation; Dadabhai Nouroji and Bhikaji Cama’s selfless sacrifice for India’s freedom; the determination of Homi Bhabha to make India an atomic nation and Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw’s military services are all part of our rich Indian history.

Shri Naqvi said that this exhibition showcases the rich culture, social life and heritage of the Parsi community. This will also make the common people aware of traditions of the Parsi community. This exhibition showcases the work of Parsi artists and presents their rich contributions to film, poetry, theatre, classical dance, crafts activism and literature.

Shri Naqvi said that even though the Parsi community is a very small in terms of population; the community is one of the most liberal, educated, development-oriented and modern society.

Shri Naqvi said that under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Minority Affairs Ministry has taken various steps at the grass root level for socio-economic-educational empowerment of the Minorities. Programmes such as “Usttad”, “Hamari Dharohar”, “Nai Manjil”, “Nai Roushni”, ‘Jiyo Parsi”, “Prime Minister’s 15-Point Programme”, “Mission Empowerment” and “Sikho aur Kamaon” have been playing a crucial role in making the Minorities empowered socially, economically and educationally.

Shri Naqvi said that these programmes are not just government schemes but these are the guarantee of socio-economic-educational development of the Minorities. The Minority communities have also been moving forward on development path along with other communities due to these schemes.

The exhibition is a part of “The Everlasting Flame International Programme”, which the Minority Affairs Ministry has taken up as the first project under “Hamari Dharohar” scheme.

Shri Naqvi said that more such events will be organized so that the people especially the youths get knowledge about glorious heritage and culture and traditions of the Minority communities; they can take inspiration from this rich heritage and become a part of nation building.