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‘Gandhigiri’ over job denial: IUML pushes for hiring 10 non-Muslims in Muslim-owned firms

The party said it chose this as a symbolic response.

Calling for an end to religion-based discrimination in employment, the Indian Union Muslim League’s (IUML) Mumbai unit has decided to arrange to recruit 10 non-Muslim job seekers in private companies owned by Muslims. The party said it chose this as a symbolic response to an MBA graduate in Mumbai, Zeeshan Khan, being denied a job in a diamond export firm allegedly on account of his religion.

Pointing out that they did not want to resort to any protest or agitation over the issue but wanted to send out a message through ‘Gandhigiri’, president of the IUML’s Mumbai regional committee, Parvez S Lakdawala, said, “India is known for its secularism all over the world. The incident with Zeeshan will have a bad effect on the Muslim youth. Muslims who have studied and are educated will question the point of an education. This might also increase the dropout rate amongst the children from the community.”

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Stating that the incident should prompt greater introspection by the Union government that had promised “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”, All India Milli Council general secretary M A Khalid said that the government should promote an inclusive culture where people from all communities get equal opportunities. The leaders were speaking at a press conference in Mumbai on Saturday.

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“This is not the first time that a Muslim has been discriminated against in the country. Many celebrities who are Muslims have not got flats because they are from the community. The only difference in this case is that he has come out and spoken about it. IUML’s decision to facilitate jobs for 10 non-Muslim candidates according to their qualifications in private sector is not to mock anyone, but to send a message to the country that we need to rise above religion, caste, class and gender when it comes to hiring people,” added Lakdawala.

Khalid said that by denying youngsters jobs because of religion, employers were erecting hurdles in the growth of the economy. “Zeeshan could have also contributed to the development of the country but he was prevented from doing so,” added Lakdawala, stating that they did not wish to politicise the issue but only wanted to create awareness about the matter.

According to Khalid, they will look into carrying out their efforts on long term basis. He said Muslim groups had also written letters to the Prime Minister’s Office and other departments in the government seeking an enquiry in the matter and, in the meantime, seeking suspension of licence of the export company.

According to the police, statements of the employee will be recorded . Police will also check if the export company employed Muslim employees as claimed by them.

mumbai.newsline@expressindia.com

First published on: 24-05-2015 at 12:38:23 am
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