Searches on Amazon failed to bring up the products featuring Indian tri-color sold on its Canadian portal on Wednesday. The online retail giant has removed those from the shelves following threat from External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj that India will rescind Visas issued earlier to its employees and no new visas will be issued if all the products insulting national flag are not removed immediately.
Lately it came to notice a third-party listed doormat bearing Indian flag similar to other doormats featuring another national flags. It was priced tagged C$35.99.
Indian law does not permit such fashion of the flag. It reads any desecration of its flag is punishable with fines and imprisonment.
Ahead of Sushma Swaraj’s threat an angry Twitter user escalated complain on Amazon’s Indian portal, but the online retail giant replied saying the product is not being sold on its Indian portal.
The Twitter user Atul Bhobe from India’s financial capital of Mumbai and with just sixty followers tweeted to the minister bringing to notice the products and urging her Amazon Canada must be censured.
Sushma Swaraj is a prolific social media user and often replies to tweets directed at her. She immediately tweeted to Indian High Commission in Canada to look to the matter with Amazon at highest level.
In recent years Amaozn is making a big bet on India and had earlier vowed to invest over $5 billion to take over home-grown portals including Snapdeal and Flipkart. The latest spat is hence awkward for the company.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said last year India was their fastest growing region.
However, Amazon India made a loss of about $500m in 2016.