Mumbai: In an interesting turn of fortune, Mumbai based MBA professional Zeeshan Ali Khan, who made national headlines after he was denied a job by a local diamond firm because of being a Muslim, has been offered job by Ahmedabad-based Adani group, whereas his Hindu friends received offers from Zafar Sareshwala.
"We encourage talent irrespective of caste, creed and religion. We found Zeeshan a competent candidate and hence a job was offered," said an Adani spokesperson has been quoted as saying by the TOI.
Zeeshan Khan, 22, has decided to join the group owned by Gautam Adani - in news for his proximity to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"I received about a dozen offers following the religious discrimination I had to face. My mail box is flooded with solidarity messages," says Khan, 22, who was in Ahmedabad to complete formalities at Adani's corporate office.
"Among all the offers I got, this was the best," Zeeshan Khan, who will join the group's Mumbai office as an executive trainee, said.
When asked why he chose to join Adani, he said it was one of the biggest integrated infrastructure companies in the country.
Simultaneously, Omkar Bansode and Mukund Manmohan Pandey, Zeeshan Khan’s two Hindu friends who had refused to join Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd, protests the diamond firm's refusal to employ Zeeshan because of his religion, have been offered jobs by Zafar Sareshwala.
"We are ready to employ Zeeshan's two friends who stood by him and set a glaring example of togetherness and oneness,” Sareshwala - MD Parsoli Corp, who is also close to Prime Minister Modi, said.
Interestingly, immediately after Zeeshan and his friends hit the national headlines after the row over their jobs, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), in a unique Gandhigiri initiative to put an end to the issue and with a larger aim of enhancing Hindu-Muslim bond in the commercial capital of the country, said it would employ ten Hindus for every Muslim candidate rejected by a Hindu-owned company.
“We are starting a Gandhigiri initiative....for every Muslim candidate rejected by a Hindu-owned company, we would employ 10 Hindu candidates in the private sector companies and units owned by Muslims,” IUML President Pervez Lakadwala said while addressing a news conference at the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh.
“Rejection of a job on the basis of religion is very dangerous to our unity and integrity of our country. It is a big challenge to our constitutional and religious fabric of one of the largest democracies of the world. In today’s modern world, this cannot be tolerated,” he added.