[MBA graduate Zeeshan ALi Khan]
Mumbai: Rattled by the shocking news of an MBA-educated Muslim boy refused a job in a diamond export unit – on the basis of his religion – the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) on Saturday a unique Gandhigiri initiative to put an end to this issue and with a larger aim of enhancing Hindu-Muslim bond in the commercial capital of the country.
“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 told a news conference at the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh here.
Lakadwala was accompanied by All India Milli Council General Secretary M A Khalid.
“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 said.
Just couple of days ago, the Muslim community and secularists were shocked with news of a Muslim boy Zeeshan Ali Khan refused a job at a Mumbai-based Hare Krishna Exports Pvt Ltd. This is also shocking that the company involved in diamonds is based in a place like Bandra-Kurla Complex, which is completely cosmopolitan and the boy was an MBA by education - and the refusal was completely based on the fact that he follows Islam.
Taking about the issue, Lakadwala said: “What has happened has happened…this time it has come to light. But earlier such things never came to light in such a big way. The media and social media has to be credited for this. Now we must consider it as a past.
"We follow the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of peace. We would do Gandhigiri. All companies owned by Muslims will employ 10 Hindus if they come across correct news of a Muslim candidate being rejected on the ground of his or her religion.”
“We are a democratic country and we have moved ahead in several aspects. What has happened is a regressive step,” he said, adding that the government must also look at this issue seriously in perspective and try and find out remedial measures.
Zeeshan Khan, a resident of Father Peter Road in Kurla (west), he had emailed his resume to Hare Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. after two of his friends, Mukund Mani and Omkar Bansode suggested him to do so, saying many of their batchmates had gotten placed in the company’s marketing department.
The firm is a leading diamond trading company with a presence in several countries where it exports the precious stones. He has passed out from the Navi Mumbai-based Dr. DY Patil institute with a MBA in International Business and was looking for a job.
"By all means, he was qualified for the job but refused as he followed Islam," he said adding that it was against the spirit of the Constitution.