In what seems to be a blatant case of religious discrimination, a leading diamond export house in Mumbai rejected a job application of a youth on the grounds that he is a Muslim. Rejecting 22-years old Zeshan Ali Khan’s job application, the company’s HR department reasoned the applicant’s religion the reason for not hiring him.
Zeshan Ali Khan, an MBA graduate, on Tuesday had applied in Hare Krishna Exports Private Limited, one of the leading diamond exports houses of the country. Within 15 minutes he got this reply:
“Dear Zeshan, Thanks for your application. We regret to inform you that we hire only non-Muslim candidates”.
At first the youth couldn’t believe it but as he saw his two other classmates getting through to an interview round, he understood that the reply was no prank. “I applied for a job day before yesterday in the evening at 5:45 PM and within 15 minutes I get a reply from them that we regret to inform you, we don’t hire Muslims. We only hire non-Muslim candidates. I was quite shocked when I read about this,” said Zeshan.
As the controversy around this blatant discrimination spread fast and thick, the National Commission for Minorities took a note of the matter and claimed they will conduct an inquiry if there is “any truth in the matter”.
“We will call for the comments of the respondent company and based on their response we will decide their course of action…If there is any truth in this, it is unfortunate. An inquiry should be conducted,” National Commission of Minorities Chairperson Naseem Ahmed told the press.
The BJP-led Central government too has reacted with Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi saying, “If there has been case in which he (Zeeshan) was denied or fired from the job only on the basis of his religion, then I feel its not right”.
But it was the social media where the controversy struck knell for the MNC Hare Krishna Exports Private Limited. As the matter invited sharp reactions across the width and margins of various micro-blogging sites, the company sent Zeshan a regret mail accepting their “blunder” and “personal mess” on the part of their HR team.
“It was a blunder and personal mess created by one of our trainees who has no decision making power. We have 61 employees in our office here including one Muslim in the HR team,” Hari Krishna Exports Private Ltd said in the mail.
While his family and friends are in a state of expected shock, Zeshan Ali Khan is fairly clear that such incidents are detrimental for the state and country at large.
“At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting foreign countries and inviting them for investment and pushing ahead the ‘Make in India’ campaign, the leading export houses are rejecting candidates for their religion,” he said.