New Delhi, Jan 11: Online retail giant Amazon has removed a doormat with the Indian flag, which was for sale on its Canadian website, after receiving a reprimand from India’s Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj. Swaraj had earlier demanded an apology from the site and threatened it with a visa ban on Amazon officials if the same was not done.
The E-Commerce giant Amazon got caught up in the midst of at he major controversy after a Twitter user pointed out that the website had been found offering the doormat with the Indian flags for sale. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj responded expressed displeasure with the product and asked the site to withdraw all such items insulting the national flag. Further, she had demanded an unconditional apology from Amazon. “Amazon must tender unconditional apology. They must withdraw all products insulting our national flag immediately,” she had said.
She had also asked the Indian High Commission of Canada to take up the issue with the company. Responding to a tweet, Sushma Swaraj asked the Indian High Commission of Canada to take the issue to the highest level. “This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level.”
Sushma Swaraj had also warned the company that if all products insulting Indian national flag were not withdrawn, the Visas of all the Amazon officials issued would be rescinded.
Amazon had been in a similar controversy in June 2016 after it was discovered that the website was offering doormats of Hindu gods and goddesses for sale. However, after protests and call for boycott on social media, Amazon removed the doormats from its website.
This is the second time that the website had insulted the sentiments of Indians by offering Indian flag doormats. Sushma Swaraj has asked for unconditional apology from the company and if the company fails to do so, she has warned to rescind the Visas of all Amazon officials.