The Fozdar Chronicles constitute the brief record of a single family, motivated by the teachings of His Holiness Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i faith, who left their “comfort zones” in their native India and the USA and embarked upon a spiritual odyssey to Southeast Asia. While the members of the Fozdar family hailed from the cultural richness of India and Persia as well as the technological greatness of the United States – blending together the east and the west – they all bivouacked at Singapore, and the “little red dot” became an important part of the development of the Baha’i Faith for the whole region of Southeast Asia.
The arrival of members of the Fozdar family to Singapore in 1950 and their dispersal to various pioneering goals in Southeast Asia took place before 1952, while the letters from former President the late Mr Wee Kim Wee, are forty years later from 1992 till 2005.
The collection is divided into 3 major themes:
1. Prominent personalities of Singapore
a. Shirin Fozdar – Singapore Years (1950 – 1992)
b. Singapore Council of Women Formative Years – Minutes and Correspondences
c. Singapore Council of Women, Synopsis & Oral History Interview of Shirin Fozdar
d. President Wee Kim Wee’s Letters to the Fozdars
2. World Religion Day in Sri Lanka and Singapore
a. Singapore – Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) 1950 – 2005
b. IRO Activities (Singapore) and World Religion Day
c. World Religion Day (Singapore) 1995 – 1998
d. Jamshed & Parvati Fozdar in Sri Lanka (1976 – 1987)
e. World Religion Day Events (Sri Lanka) (1981 – 1987)
3. Development of the Baha’i Faith in Sarawak and Indochina
a. Sarawak’s Beginning in the Baha’i Faith (23 May 1951)
b. Pioneering in Indo-China: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia (1954-1980) Volume I
c. Pioneering in Indo-China: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia (1954-1980) Volume II
d. Pioneering in Indo-China: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia (1954-1980) Volume III
e. Pioneering in Indo-China: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia (1954-1980) Volume IV
f. Ban Tin Baha’i (Vietnam Baha’i News Bulletin)
The copyrights to the Fozdar Collection belong to various parties, as declared in the documents; images; letters; etc. kindly shared by the Fozdars.