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The Parsis are a Persian ethnic group of peoples who live in India (69,000) and Pakistan (1,400). After the Islamic Conquest of Persia and the persecution of the Zoroastrians, the Parsis fled their homeland and travelled all the way to India. There is a text/story that explains the whole thing, written by the Parsis and other witnesses themselves: the texts "Qissa-i Sanjan". ..
In the beginning of the texts, there is a prayer of exaltation to God (Ohrmazd), and then the Parsis begin speaking about the several times Zoroastrians (people of the good faith) have had their people put down and their scriptures destroyed. Until now, where Iran, they say, has truly fallen (due to the Islamic Conquest). They talk about the Persians who decided to flee their homes because """Alas the land of faith was rendered desolate. During those days, all were dispersed."""
First they arrived in Hindustan, and stayed there for 19 years. Then they left again to Gujarat, where they arrived in Sanjan, which was under the rule of the Indian prince; Jadav/Jadi Rana.
The Zoroastrians, under the leadership of a Preist called Dastur, went to Jadav in his palace and asked if they could have refuge in India. The prince got out a glass of milk, and said to them: "like this full glass of milk, this country is full of people. We don't have room for refugees."; To which Zoroastrian Dastur asked for the glass of milk, and added a pinch of sugar into it: "But we are like this pinch of sugar, who don't make the cup overflow, but add sweetness and richness to the native community." ..
Impressed by the Zoroastrian priest's wisdom, Jadav Rana said the Zoroastrians could stay under 4 conditions: that they forget their native Persian tongue and adopt any of the Indian languages, for them not to try and convert locals to their faith, for them to wear native clothing (like women in Sarees), and to drop their weapons. They continued explaining their faith and culture to him, which brought the prince to ease of mind...