Threat on IT sector if ‘communal exclusion’ continues, warns Kiran Mazumdar Shaw


Bengaluru: As the controversy over Hijab Row continues in the state, Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar Shaw on Thursday urged the Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to resolve the matter regarding the ban on Muslim leaders to establish shops during temple festivals before it affects the IT sector. She warned if it would happen, it would destroy our global. 

Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar Shaw said, “Karnataka has always forged inclusive economic development and we must not allow such communal exclusion- If ITBT (IT and Biotech) became communal it would destroy our global leadership. @BSBommai (Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai) please resolve this growing religious divide.” 

“I have seen many Hindu shop owners near mosques across Bengaluru Since when did we start identifying shop owners based on religion?” said Shaw when a user responded on her tweet asking would Hindu traders be allowed to set up shops outside mosque after this?

Among big corporate leaders, Shaw is the first one to raise objection over the issue and called it a “communal exclusion.” 

Shaw tweeted on a post where right-wing groups were demanding to ban Muslim traders to set up shops before temple during festivals. 

After the hijab row in Karnataka, several temple authorities and organising committees of fairs have banned Muslim traders from setting up stalls. For years, Muslims have been setting up stalls at such annual fairs at temples.

In the backdrop of protest against wearing hijab at educational institutions, some of the temple authorities and organising committees have barred them from participating in the festival, the first such incident in the state.

first published:March 31, 2022, 2:21 p.m.

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