PARSIS IN PUBLIC AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE
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While some of the Parsi contribution to the British as well as the Indian Freedom Movement has been documented, the role of Parsis in politics and in serving the Nation historically goes back much further.
There were Parsi courtiers at the Mughal Court who received favours for deeds and actions performed.
At many local courts, such as Jamnagar and Baroda, Paris were appointed as both Diwans and Treasurers and were valued for their honesty and uprightness. They were also trusted Hakims or Doctors to various Rajas. Historically, the upswing and their entering into public service in large numbers came with the European arrival in India.
The Parsis worked as intermediaries or brokers because they could interact with both Indians and Europeans and had no caste barriers to prevent social interaction. Thus, their service in both British and pre-British days and after Independence needs to be studied and documented. [READ MORE]