Ruzbeh Vistasp Hodiwala is pursuing his doctoral studies in Zoroastrianism at SOAS, University of London. He completed his Bachelor’s in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad in 2015 and Master’s in Iranian Studies from SOAS in 2017. He has served as the vice president of the St. Xavier’s College Student Council and was instrumental in reconstituting the India Society at SOAS in 2016, where he served as the co-president during his postgrad program.
Ruzbeh was a recipient of SOAS Kamran Djam Scholarship for Iranian Studies in 2016-17. In 2019, he was provided the SOAS Kamran Djam and a SOAS Shapoorji Pallonji scholarship to pursue his doctoral studies. His postgraduate and doctoral project has received continuous support from various Zoroastrian Trusts in India, UK, USA and Hong Kong. He was given the Principal’s Prize for special performance and contribution to St. Xavier’s College for two consecutive years in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
He was awarded an AFS Intercultural Programs’ annual cultural exchange scholarship to study in Italy in 2010-11. In 2012 Ruzbeh attended the IV Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan as part of the Zoroastrian delegation headed by Dr Homi B. Dhalla and a follow up round table hosted by the Kazakhstan Embassy in New Delhi in 2013. In 2014, he was nominated as a youth member to the International Association for Religious Freedom’s (IARF) Gujarat chapter in India. He was part of IARF-India’s youth delegation and represented Zoroastrianism at the 34th IARF World Congress in the United Kingdom in 2014. He has represented the community as a representative of the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe at several inter-faith events in the UK.
He was felicitated for extra-curricular activities and community service by the Ushta-Te Foundation in Ahmedabad in 2014; Ahmedabad Parsi Panchayat in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, he was part of a ten-member Parsi delegation from Ahmedabad who called upon by the governor of Gujarat State for a dialogue.
Ruzbeh has a keen interest in Indian polity. After the completion of his MA in London in 2017, he returned to India and worked as an assistant to a Member of the legislative Assembly in the Gujarat state of India.