The external Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj threatens to take the E-commerce Amazon, to revoke the visa’s for selling trim color Indian flags on the Canadian website. Swaraj tweeted. “They must withdraw all products insulting our national flag immediately…If this is not done forthwith, we will not grant Indian visa to any Amazon official,” she added. “We will also rescind the visas issued earlier.” As if that was not enough, Swaraj instructed the Indian High Commission in Canada to take up the matter with the company,”This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level.”Amazon’s portal in Canada sells doormats of all other national flags. Selling products bearing national flags are common abroad. In the US, clothes, towels, crockery and even underwear are sold bearing the image but only under the Indian law any desecration of its flag is punishable with fines and imprisonment. It involves a three-year jail term and a fine or both.
Amazon also made it clear that the doormat were not sold on the Indian portal and amazon feels Sushma has certainly escalated the matter. “These products were never sold on Amazon.in [the company’s Indian wing]. We have escalated this to our concerned teams and are working on the issue.” Now there’s even an online petition on change.org.
But this isn’t the first time Amazon has found itself in for listing products offensive to Indians. Last year, the company was selling doormats with pictures of Indian gods and goddesses. That discovery even lead to the creation of the hashtag #BoycottAmazon. And in 2014, the website was found selling women’s leggings with images of various Hindu gods