Bengaluru: Growing intolerance in Karnataka over religion that even reached excluding Muslim traders from temple festivals on the right wing groups' pressure, where the state government is seen silent for not taking action from worsening the situation, has created apprehensions in corporate world.
Said to be the first voice from the corporate world, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, executive chairperson of Biocon Ltd, warned that how the situation turns out to be in the state will have its adverse impact on its global leadership.
Referring to The Indian Express report, Shaw tweeted that the state government should act to stop the communal divide in the trade and economy the development of which can be made possible only through inclusivity.
"Karnataka has always forged inclusive economic development, and we must not allow such communal exclusion- If ITBT became communal it would destroy our global leadership," Shaw tweeted, tagging Karnataka CM BS Bommbai with a request "resolve this growing religious divide."
In a subsequent tweet, she posted: "Our CM is a very progressive leader. I am sure he will resolve this issue soon."
The Indian Express report on 'Unease grows, Karnataka temple committees, traders admit pressure', says that several temple committees are being pressured to exclude Muslim vendors from its premises at which most committees are not happy due to the bond evolved over years with the Muslim traders.
Several Muslim vendors have shut down their shops in coming to the pressure from the right wing Hindu groups.
Over the past few weeks, groups like VHP and Bajrang Dal have sought to impose bans on Muslim traders at temple festivals in Dakshina Kannada and Shivamogga.