Piloo Mody was a weighty man with a mind as nimble as his body. During one of the interludes in an otherwise very serious conference in parliament, he regaled everyone with his plea for a Parsi State. This is how it went:
'This country should be handed over to the Parsis — on a managing agency basis. We will charge only a five per cent managing agency commission, which is a hell of a lot less than the Government of India spends on administration.' 'For this, we will give you a clean, honest, impartial and non-discriminatory government. There are only a hundred thousand of us, and after we satiate ourselves with corruption and nepotism, there will still be enough left over for everyone else. 'We are the most non-communal community in the world. We believe that either you are a Parsi or you are not. If you are not, it makes no hoot of a difference who you are. 'Go ahead, go breaking up this country into a hundred parts. Finally our turn will come.' 'Then we will demand a Parsi State consisting of the area from Kemp's Corner to Teen Batti (about two square miles).
'But, as we cannot have a sovereign independent country of Banganga on the other side, you will have to throw in Banganga with the Parsi State. We need servants!'
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