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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 27.12.2013

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 10th World Zoroastrian Congress on the theme "Zoroastrianism in the 21st Century: Nurturing Growth and Affirming Identityā€¯ today (December 27, 2013) at Mumbai.

Speaking on the occasion, the President stated that it was with happiness that he was reiterating the well known fact that whether it is in the world of business and industry, or art and letters, leading our defence forces or breaking new frontiers in the field of advanced science and technology, the Zoroastrian community in India has always extended itself and reached the highest echelons of achievement and success.

The President said that while the demographic statistics indicate that the Zoroastrian community in India is declining by about 10% every decade, he nevertheless remains optimistic that this trend can be arrested. He stated that he has no doubt that a community that has such high literacy, talent, and discipline is bound to continue on the path of advancement and growth.

This release issued at 1845 hrs