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Handbook of Religion and the Asian CityAspiration and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century$
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Peter van der Veer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281226

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281226.001.0001

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Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good (Trust) Deeds

Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good (Trust) Deeds

Parsis, Risk, and Real Estate in Mumbai

(p.152) 8 Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good (Trust) Deeds
Handbook of Religion and the Asian City

Leilah Vevaina

University of California Press

This chapter examines the impact of the introduction and use of specific legal and municipal instruments on communal and urban spatial transformations by focusing on the communal real estate of the Parsis (Indian Zoroastrians), one of Mumbai's microcommunities. It begins by presenting a historical background on the Parsis' migration from Gujarat to Bombay and how they became the largest private landowners in Mumbai. It then considers the Parsis' incorporation in a governing charitable trust, the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP), and describes Parsi trust housing as a unique scape of housing in the city. By analyzing the case of the movement of the Parsis from Bombay to Mumbai, this chapter highlights the consequences for the Parsi community of the shifting structure and ethics of the communal trust.

Keywords:   spatial transformations, real estate, Parsis, Mumbai, microcommunities, Bombay, charitable trust, Bombay Parsi Punchayet, housing, ethics

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