Muslims Hired As Polishers Not Top Posts In India, Say Activists

World News
24/05/2015 09:28

In an article  following-up on the story of a young Muslim MBA who was turned down by a Mumbai diamond exporting firm on grounds of religion, The Times of India interviews Saurav Datta of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, stating "In India's diamond industry, largely run by the Gujarati Jain community, the majority of jewellery polishers, the lowest rung of the work force which contributes the most to it, are Muslims, mostly Bengali Muslims. But when we talk of diversity across all ranks, especially the top echelons, you would be hard pressed to find any Muslim name in company rosters." Manish Jain, chairman of All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation on the other hand responded, "There is no division along lines of caste, creed, religion etc in the jewellery industry. There are Muslim artisans who have been in the profession not just for a few years but for generations. They are the best in the industry globally and we are proud of them."