Sushma Swaraj warns Amazon: Take down products insulting Indian flag or visas will be revoked
On 12th January 2017, Sushma Swaraj passed a stern warning to Amazon to tender unconditional apology for selling Indian flag door mat in Canada. The External Affairs Minister, Ms Swaraj asked the officials of the company to withdraw all such products or else no indian visas will be given to amazon employees, and the visas already granted will be rescinded.
The tweet came in picture by Ms. Swaraj, when one of the tweeters sent the External Affair Minister a tweet stating, “Madam. Amazon Canada must be censured and warned not to sell India flag doormats. Please take action."
Sushma Swaraj immediately took an action against the said complain and wrote to the Indian High Commission in Canada that it was unacceptable and to take it up with Amazon at the highest level.
The doormat controversy sparked a lot of protest among the Indians staying in Canada. A petition for the same is being circulated in change.org. After the much criticism and condemnation by so many Indians, the company has finally taken off the product from its selling list, but it yet to seek apology for its indifference towards India.
OUR TAKEIt isn't the first time Amazon has done an act to offend Indians. Last year too the company was selling the doormats with pictures of Indian gods and goddesses which 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. The action taken by External Affair Minister is worth appreciating and applauding.
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