from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a Zoroastrian religious sect in India.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of the larger of the two Zoroastrian communities of the Indian subcontinent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. Same as parsee.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See Parsee.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of a monotheistic sect of Zoroastrian origin; descended from the Persians; now found in western India
↑ The term Parsi was universally applied for all Iranians, regardless of faith, by all Indians.
 The word Parsi means a resident of the province of Fars or Pars in Persia, from which the name of the country is also derived.
The Pazend language is the same as the so-called Parsi, i.e. the ancient Persian, as written till about the time of Firdusi, 1000 A.D. '
Coming back to Rajiv Gandhi, we all know now that he changed his so called Parsi religion to become a Catholic to marry Sania Maino of Turin, Italy.
Do visit some of the links I have provided or even the "Parsi" section on my blog.
The proper name in Middle Persian is actually "Parsi," but this changed some time after the Islamic conquest of Persia to "Farsi" because Arabs don't have the bilabial plosive "P" in their language.
"Freelance journalist Umrigar alternates between sweet and biting accounts of her middle-class Parsi upbringing in 1960s and 1970s Bombay."
It is an evocative, emotionally charged story of a young life steeped in paradox; of a middle-class Parsi girl attending Catholic school in a predominantly Hindu city; of a guilt-ridden stranger in her own land, an affluent child in a country mired in abysmal poverty.
In particular, “Parsi” is used to distinguish the Persian language as a whole from the western dialect that is standard in Iran (as opposed to the eastern dialects like “Dari” and “Tajik”).
So saying “Persian” is like saying “German” and saying “Parsi” or “Farsi” is like saying “Deutsch”?