As many at BP know I personally think the backward bending towards the frankly racist Parsi culture is misleading. Nowhere in the Zoroastrian culture is intermarriage proscribed and if anything the Parsi Panchayat has taken their promise to the Gujarati king a mite too seriously and morphed into a caste:
“In earlier times,” proceeded the judge, “the sentiment of the community, if anything, was more anti-convert”. Davar J., therefore, held that the funds in the hands of the defendants were founded for the benefit of members of the Parsi community, that is, the descendants of original Zoroastrian Persian immigrants, the Iranis from Persia settled in India, and children of Parsi fathers by alien mothers who have been duly and properly admitted into the religion.
Agreeing with the judgment, Beaman J. said that the word “Parsi” had a caste and not a religious meaning. The learned judge in a sarcastic vein observed: “The defendants, representing orthodox Parsi view, are prepared to overlook immorality, bastardy-anything but alienage. They are ready to admit any Iranian Zoroastrian about whose antecedents they cannot possibly know anything. But will not admit the purest, most blameless foreigner. Why? Because the foreigner is outside the caste; and caste is an institution into which you must be born. The consequence is that if the founders had the caste in mind, the defendants’ contentions would have to be upheld.
“Recent surveys show that vulture numbers have stabilized across India and Nepal. Thus, the legendary Jatayu from India’s ancient history seems ready to once again soar over the skies of South Asia,” it said.