Parsi Weekly Newspaper Faces Legal Notice Over Proposal to Sell Fire Temples for Charity

A Parsi weekly newspaper, Jame-Jamshed, faces legal action for proposing to sell fire temples for charity. The move sparked outrage among the community, and a legal notice has been served on the newspaper and its editor.

By Megha Badiger
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A Story of Heritage, Controversy, and the Future of a Legacy


In a recent development that has sparked both controversy and concern within the Parsi community, the Gujarati weekly newspaper Jam-e-Jamshed has received a legal notice for proposing the sale of Fire Temples—sacred spaces of worship—for charitable purposes.

A Controversial Proposal

The proposal, published in an editorial in the newspaper, suggested that certain Fire Temples that are no longer in regular use could be sold, with the proceeds going towards the welfare of the needy Parsi community. The editorial argued that such a move would ensure the financial stability of the community's charitable institutions while preserving the legacy of the Fire Temples through their sale and refurbishment.


Outrage and Opposition

The proposal was met with immediate outrage from many within the Parsi community. Fire Temples are considered the most sacred spaces in Zoroastrianism, representing the divine fire that embodies purity and divinity. To many, the idea of selling these sacred spaces for monetary gain was seen as a sacrilege that would compromise the integrity of their faith.

A Legal Challenge


A group of concerned Parsis, led by attorney Berjis Desai, filed a legal notice against the newspaper, claiming that the sale of Fire Temples was illegal and would violate the sanctity of the community's sacred spaces. They argued that the Temples were not only places of worship but also cultural and historical landmarks that must be preserved for future generations.

The Community's Dilemma

The controversy has exposed the deep divide within the Parsi community. While some support the newspaper's proposal as a necessary measure to secure the community's future, others vehemently oppose it as an affront to their religious beliefs. The case has brought into sharp focus the challenges faced by the Parsi community in balancing the preservation of their heritage with the need for financial stability.


The Future of Parsi Heritage

The legal notice and the subsequent debate have raised important questions about the future of Parsi heritage. How can the community ensure the preservation of its sacred spaces while also addressing its financial needs? What are the ethical and religious implications of selling Fire Temples?

The Parsi Weekly Newspaper Case is a poignant reminder of the complexities of preserving cultural and religious heritage in the face of changing circumstances. As the community grapples with these issues, it will need to find a way to bridge the divide within its ranks and navigate the path forward with wisdom and respect for both its past and future.