It was during Diwali 2014 that Hare Krishna Exports Pvt Ltd, one of the top diamond exporters in India, made it to the front page of all newspapers. The reason, they had announced, at a grand ceremony in Surat, the company gave away gifts worth Rs 50 crores to employees as bonus.
These gifts included 455 units of brand new Fiat Punto Evo, new flats, gold and diamond jewellery. From among the company’s 6,000 employees in Surat and 3,000 employees in Mumbai, 1,200 employees qualified for “Loyalty Program” and were given three options where their Diwali gifts were concerned. They could opt for a Fiat Punto, part payment for a 2 bed room flat or gold and diamond jewellry with total amounting to INR 50 crores.
Now, this same company that valued its employees, is in the news for having rejected the application of an MBA graduate Zeshan Ali Khan, solely for the reason that he is a Muslim. The reply to Khan’s application came back with the words “Thanks for your application. We regret to inform you that we hire only non-Muslim candidates”.
Khan and couple of his friends applied for a job in this leading diamond export company. He has completed his MBA in International Business. Khan emailed his resume to the company on Tuesday and while most of his other friends got favourable replies his reply came within 20 minutes of his application which caused him much despair and shock.
Khan said that the company could have given any other reason for rejection of his application but discrimination on the basis of caste is not acceptable. Khan has put up this experience on his Facebook page which has received a series of responses.
Following this, Khan has received a regret email sent by a senior executive of the company stating that the company does not discriminate on the basis of gender, caste, religion and any hurt caused is regretted. Mahendra S. Deshmukh, Associate VP & Head-HR of Hare Krishna Exports Pvt Ltd, stated that the email was sent by mistake by a colleague who had recently joined the company and is currently on training.