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The 25th All India Zoroastrian Youth Meet at Pune was a fun affair

The 25th All India Zoroastrian Youth Meet in Pune was organised by the Federation of Zoroastrian Youth Associations (FOZYA).
Delegates at the 25th All India Zoroastrian Youth Meet in Pune organised by the Federation of Zoroastrian Youth Associations (FOZYA).

Not many know who Zoroastrians are; they may be termed as a dying breed but they refuse to go down without a fight! With approximately 69,000 in India, Zoroastrians are often compared to dying species like the Tiger but the Parsis/Zoroastrians take pride in wanting to expand their community. And the recently concluded – 25th All India Zoroastrian Youth Meet in Pune was a step towards it. The youth meet was organised by the Federation of Zoroastrian Youth Associations (FOZYA). Fozya came into existence at the first All India Youth Seminar held at New Delhi in 1987.

This annual youth meet has never been an intentional matrimonial meet but is organised so that Parsi/Zororastiran youth can mingle, get to know each other better and have a good time. This year, the meet celebrated its silver jubilee and took place at the Dr Erin Nagarvala High School, Kalyani Nagar, Pune from October 29, 2016 to October 31, 2016. About 170 people (in the age group of 18-35) from cities like Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Nagpur, Navsari, Mumbai, Pune and Surat attended the meet. It was also attended by a guy from Karachi (Pakistan) who now works in Mumbai.

The meet kick started with Dr Cyrus Poonawalla being felicitated by Dr Shernaz Cama (Foundation head of Parzor foundation) at the Poonawalla Auditorium.

A number of lectures were conducted by prominent people over three days. While, Major General RS Jambusarwala conducted a lecture on ?The Ethos of the Armed Forces, Ashdeen Lilaowala, a designer by profession, shared an interesting experience of him coming across a group abroad which was fascinated to know about the Zoroastrian community. Ashdeen tried to educate them and in process also acquired a lot of knowledge about his own community.

Pearl Mistry from the Jiyo Parsi Organisation conducted a small workshop on Community Affairs. She raised the issue of decline in Parsi population and explained as to why Parsis should try and make a difference and have more children.

On the last day, there was a workshop – It’s all in the mind – by Behzad Randeria. An open house debate session was held after the workshop and was conducted by Behzad along with Major General RS Jambusarwala. This session discussed love, infatuation, marriage and live-in relationships. Though the discussions were intense, they had their share of humour. From intimacy to loyalty after marriage, everything was openly discussed. Interestingly, the ones who agreed on live-in relationships also thought it had a time period and the relationship needed to be sealed with marriage. Just before everyone dispersed to come back for the night, Brandon Lalkaka, a stand-up comedian by passion, from Ahmedabad put up a show that thrilled and entertained everyone.

Apart from the discussions, the meet was also high on fun and bonhomie. Outdoor games like volleyball, throw ball, basketball and football were played in between sessions and they kept the excitement levels high. Mingling in groups was a common sight at the event. Some old friendships were renewed and some new ones blossomed. Though not a matrimonial meet, some special relationships did take shape! The entertainment included a beautiful and graceful belle dancer who enthralled everyone with her moves. A dance and music session was enjoyed by all to the fullest at Vivaanta, Taj Blue Diamond. It was then that Mabrin Nanavati (President of FOZYA) passed on his responsibilities to Ariz Bokdawalla.

Here are the experiences of some of delegates who attended the meet!

Behafrid Motafram, Ajmer

I had a great time listening to the speakers and the debate was also pretty good. I made many friends from all walks of life and different age groups too! It was my first youth meet and I’m looking forward for the next one. I think the next meet should be for more than 4 days so that people can get more time.

Jamshed Dumasia, Mumbai/Karachi, Pakistan

It was a fab event and everybody was so enthusiastic. We should have more youth meets like these and the meet should go on for at least a week!

Michelle Lalkaka, Ahmedabad

I felt extremely welcomed at the youth meet.  This meet was a great first experience. I enjoyed the debates as it gave all of us a chance to share our different point of views.

Hera Havewala, Mumbai

The icebreakers were a lot of fun and I played volleyball for the first time! The debates actually opened up a whole new world of ideas in my head. People say Parsi girls are materialistic but I did see a few of us vouching for love over money during the debates!

 Kazvin Marfatia, Ahmedabad

Everyone made me feel super comfortable at the youth meet even though I didn’t know many people at the meet. Towards the end of it, I felt like I was a part of a great big family! I want to thank Foyza, the organisers and volunteers for making this experience so memorable.

Mehernaz Mavalwalla, Nagpur

I felt amazing as I never interacted with so many Bawas and Bawis before! Being an introvert it’s difficult for me to interact with new people but as the days passed away at this meet, I made some really nice friends.

Firoz Mehta, Mumbai

I have always loved coming for Fozya camps and this is the 4th youth meet I have attended. These meets are very relaxing and very different from other youth meets I have attended. It’s my yearly getaway and I eagerly wait to attend it. The lectures were very refreshing.

Rayumand Yazdani, Mumbai

I loved the time spent at the youth meet. I got to meet so many new people; we lived in a dormitory and that made me nostalgic about the good old college life!

Brandon Lalkaka (Ahmedabad)

Initially, I felt pretty awkward as I don’t meet many people from the community. However, at the meet, as the days passed by, I felt more comfortable with others. I loved the company of people and the activities which took place. And, of course, I enjoyed the debates. I was one of the few who spoke after all!

Diana Olpadwalla (Mumbai)

This was my first meet and it was a wonderful experience. I got in touch with so many crazy Bawas!

Yannick Sethna, Ahmedabad

The meet was well planned with the right amount of interactions. Unlike most meets, I have always felt that meets in Pune give you a chance to bond with more people. The debates were enjoyable and I specifically liked the way Behzad Randeria put her points forth. Speaking about the debate, I feel one should marry for love but one also needs money to live happily. I am not against live-in relationships but the fickle nature and its legal implications mean that I wouldn’t want to do the same.

Berjis Sethna, Ahmedabad

As always, FOZYA youth meet gave us a proud feeling of being a Parsi/Zoroastrian. Cheers to Fozya which makes it possible to bring so many youth from all around the country under one roof.

Astad S Dalal, Mumbai

The meet was fun filled with lots of activities, debates, dance, sports and of course the Bawa food! The debate organised was good, but at some point of time the discussion was going off the main topic and had talks only about sex.

Sarosh Mevawalla, Mumbai/Surat

Fozya has written a new chapter in history by connecting the largest number of youths from every corner of India. I feel lucky to be attending such a grand camp.

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Just because you don’t like Mr Modi doesn’t mean India is under threat: Harish Salve | Interview




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Harish Salve

Senior advocate at Supreme Court, former Solicitor General of India and King’s Counsel Harish Salve, in an exclusive interaction with Nation Next, speaks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi, recent gruesome murder of Shraddha Walker involving her boyfriend Aftab Poonawala, Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) and much more!

Corrigendum: In one of the questions during Mr Harish Salve’s interview, interviewer mistakenly quoted former Chief Justice of India Justice Sharad Bobde, saying, “Constitution is under threat.” Justice Bobde never made this remark. We sincerely apologise to Justice Bobde and the audience for committing this mistake. Inconvenience caused is regretted!

Watch the full interview here: 

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Bet you didn’t know this about superbike ‘Dodge Tomahawk’




Avani Arya | Reporter : Shamanand Tayde | Nagpur

The superbike Dodge Tomahawk is the world’s most expensive bike which costs ₹35 cr. Know some interesting facts about it in the video.

बाइक के दीवाने भारत में ही नहीं दुनिया भर में लाखों  हैं और सभी की नजर रहती है सबसे तेज दौड़ने वाली बाइक पर. india में भी महँगी bikes खरीदने के लोग दीवाने है. आपने देखा होगा कि filmstars के पास भी महँगी -महँगी bikes होती है, जिनकी कीमत करोडो में होती है. लेकिन आज हम एक ऐसी bike की बात करेंगे, जिसकी कीमत कई cars से ज्यादा है. इस bike की कीमत 35 करोड़ रुपए से ज्यादा है, यानी Mercedes जैसी कई cars इस बाइक की कीमत में खरीदी जा सकती है. इस बाइक का नाम है Dodge Tomahawk . इस बाइक को खरीदने के बारे में आम आदमी सोच भी नहीं सकता .  India में जो भी bikes बिकती है, वो कितनी भी sporty और अच्छी हो, उसकी कीमत लाखों में ही होती है, बहोत कम ही या कहे न के बराबर bikes की कीमत करोडो में होती है. इसलिए   Dodge Tomahawk bike कुछ ख़ास है. आईये जानते है इस बाइक से जुड़े कुछ Interesting facts.  

इस बाइक की इतनी स्पीड है कि आप लोग सोचने पर मजबूर हो जाते हैं कि दौड़ रही है या उड़ रही है. दुनिया की सबसे तेज बाइक का ताज इसके सिर है. यह सुपरबाइक 672 किलोमीटर प्रति घंटे की स्पीड से दौड़ सकती है. जो कि हैरान कर देने वाला है. इस बाइक को 15 साल पहले non-street legal concept के तौर पर मार्केट में पेश किया गया था.

Dodge Tomahawk नाम की इस सुपरबाइक को 2003 में North America के इंटरनेशनल ऑटो शो में पेश किया गया. जहां इसके डिजाइन को लेकर यह काफी पसंद की गई थी.  Dodge Tomahawk में 4 wheels है, दो आगे और दो पीछे दिए गए हैं.

Dodge Tomahawk सुपरबाइक 2 सेकेंड से भी कम में 0 से 60 किलोमीटर प्रति घंटे की speed लेती है. बाइक में 8.3 लीटर वाला वी-10 SRT VIPER इंजन लगा है जो इसे 500 एचपी की पावर देता है. यह सुपरबाइक 712 nm  और 4200 rpm  का torque जनरेट करती है.

इस बाइक की कीमत करीब 35 करोड़ रुपये है . इसलिए इसे खरीदना हर एक इंसान के लिए पॉसिबल भी नहीं है. आपको इस बारे में जानकर shock लगेगा कि इसे सिर्फ दुनियाभर में 9 ही लोगों ने खरीदा है.

तो यह थे Dodge Tomahawk सुपरबाइक के बारे में कुछ Interesting Facts

Script by – Shamanand Tayde

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Special Court grants bail to ex-Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s son in money laundering case




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Special Court grants bail to ex-Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s son Hrishikesh Deshmukh in money laundering case

Special Court granted bail to former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh's son Hrishikesh Deshmukh on Monday. 

Anil Deshmukh

In a major development, Special Court granted bail to former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh’s son Hrishikesh Deshmukh on Monday in an alleged money laundering case. Hrishikesh, who was arraigned as an accused in the chargesheet, was granted bail after a special court designated to hear cases related to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) recorded his appearance.

He had filed an application through his advocate Aniket Nikam after appearing before the court and requesting the same to accept his appearance and grant him bail.

Hrishikesh also pointed out that the accusations in the ED’s case were confined to the alleged acts of omission and commission by his father in his capacity as the former home minister from January 2020 to April 2021. The plea also cited that the former home minister had already been granted bail in the case by the Bombay High Court. 

The court had in February this year issued summons to Hrishikesh after ED submitted its complaint (chargesheet) in the case.

Bombay High Court granted bail to NCP leader Anil Deshmukh in October this year in the same case. While Deshmukh had secured the bail in the ED case, he remains in custody in connection with the CBI case registered against him in April last year.

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