Cairo, 14 Sha’ban 1436/1 June 2015 (MINA) – An Indian MBA graduate, who has been denied a job for being a Muslim, has accepted a job offer from one of the country’s biggest integrated infrastructure companies, the Ahmedabad-based Gautam Adani Group.
“We encourage talent irrespective of caste, creed and religion. We found Zeeshan a competent candidate and hence a job was offered,” an Adani spokesperson told The Times of India on Sunday, May 31.
Zeeshan Ali Khan, son of a middle-class Muslim businessman in Mumbai, received a life shock following his application at an India-based diamond export firm earlier this month, only to learn that they do not recruit Muslims, On Islam quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
“We regret to inform you that we hire only Non-Muslim candidates,” read the email from the human resources department of Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd (HKEPL), in Gujarati firm.
As the content of the letter from the firm went viral across social media platforms, it ignited outrage throughout the country.
“I took a screenshot of the email and posted it on social media. It has gone viral,” Khan recalled, Huffington Post reported,” Khan said.
“The minorities’ commission has sent a notice to the company. I’d only like to say, please don’t discriminate candidates on the basis of religion.”
Seeking action in Khan’s case, Shehzad Poonawalla, a Delhi-based lawyer and social activist, has filed a complaint with India’s National Commission for Minorities (NCM).
NCM has ordered a probe and sought a report in the case from the Maharashtra government.
Playing down criticism, the diamond firm claimed that the biased letter was an “error on the part of one of its staff”.
Along with overwhelming messages of support, the Muslim graduate has received dozens of job offers over the past week.
“I received about a dozen offers following the religious discrimination I had to face. My mail box is flooded with solidarity messages,” said Khan, 22.
“Among all the offers I got, this was the best.”
Muslims account for 180 million of India’s 1.1 billion people, the world’s third-largest Muslim population after those of Indonesia and Pakistan. (T/P011/R04)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)