Even as all of social media and the founder of Zomato stood by the rider, Faiyaz, who faced communal hate from a man who cancelled the order because he was Muslim, he said that the incident left him sad and frustrated.
“Han hurt to hue hai. Ab kya bolenge sir, ab log jaisa bolenge... sahi hai is par kya kar sakte hai ,gareeb log hai... sahna padega sir (Yes I feel hurt. What can I say sir, whatever people say...its okay what I can do in it... we are poor, we have suffer),” he said.
On Tuesday night Amit Shukla a resident of Jabalpur took to Twitter to complain to Zomato that he was cancelling his order because the person who picked up his order was a “non Hindu”.
However Zomato stood by its ideals and said “Food has no religion”. This was backed up by Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal, who said on Twitter “We are proud of the idea of India - and the diversity of our esteemed customers and partners. We aren’t sorry to lose any business that comes in the way of our values.”
Narrating the sequence of events, Faiyaz said, “I called the person who had placed the order to know the location of his house. But he said he had cancelled the order.
On the other hand, Shukla appeared unrepentant.
“Do my freedom of expression and religion not fall under the idea of India?” he said when a news channel asked him about his reaction to Zomatos reply to his request to change the rider.
“At present, the pious month of Shravan is going on and it is a matter of my personal choice,” Shukla said, justifying his stand.
(With PTI inputs)