& CULTURAL NEWS
Zoroastrian families remain in Delhi
community of Parsis, known for their rich culture and civilization, will
soon vanish from the Indian capital if urgent steps are not taken, it was
announced here Thursday.
Among approximately 46,742 families from minority communities staying
in the capital, the number of Parsi families is just 23.
The latest census of religions show that there are only 68,601 Parsis
in India and their death rate is three times higher than their birth rate.
The government's efforts to initiate dialogue with the Parsi community
to persuade them to change their personal laws forbidding marriages
outside the community has not bore fruit.
Moreover, the National commission for Minorities' proposal to the
government to waive for Parsis, the two-child norm for Central employees
is pending till date.
However, even if their number is dwindling in the capital, all Parsi
families in the city are earning well and contributing to the economy.
According to a survey based on Census 2001 conducted by the Delhi
Minorities Commission for the minorities, every Parsi family is earning
about rs 72,000, annually.
The survey titled Socio-economic profile of the minorities in Delhi has
been conducted by the Institute of Objective Studies on behalf of the
Delhi Minorities Studies.