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After Sushma's Warning, Amazon Removes Indian Flag Doormat from Website


First published: January 12, 2017, 7:54 AM IST | Updated: 2 mins ago

File image of Union Minister Sushma Swaraj (Photo: Reuters)

Washington/Ottawa: Soon after India threatened of not granting Indian Visa to any Amazon official if the company did not withdraw an Indian flag-themed doormat from its Canadian platform, the e-commerce website removed the article from the online marketplace.

A spokesman for Amazon based at its headquarters in Seattle contacted The Washington Post to say that the doormat was no longer for sale on its website.


A grab of the Amazon website

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said Amazon must tender an unconditional apology and withdraw all products insulting the Tricolour, otherwise no Amazon official will get an Indian visa.

Indian High Commission in Canada : This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level.

— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 11, 2017

Amazon must tender unconditional apology. They must withdraw all products insulting our national flag immediately. /1

— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 11, 2017

If this is not done forthwith, we will not grant Indian Visa to any Amazon official. We will also rescind the Visas issued earlier.

— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 11, 2017

Doormats featuring the Indian flag were made available on Amazon Canada site by two vendors — Mayers Flag Doormats and XLYL.

An image of the products was tweeted to the Minister, after which she asked the Indian High Commission in Canada to raise the issue with Amazon.

@SushmaSwaraj Madam. Amazon Canada must be censured and warned not to sell India flag doormats. Please take action.

— Atul Bhobe (@atulbhobe) January 11, 2017

Also read: Sushma Swaraj’s Warning to Amazon: Take Down Products Insulting Indian Flag or We’ll Revoke Visas