Amazon puts Gandhi images on slippers
In response to Amazon�s move, Ministry of External affairs has directed the US e-commerce giant that "Amazon should respect Indian sentiments".
A few weeks after courting controversy for sale of Indian flag themed doormats, Amazon has put on sale flip flops with Mahatma Gandhi’s face on it, carrying a price tag of $16.99. In response to Amazon’s move, the Ministry of External affairs has directed the US e-commerce giant that "Amazon should respect Indian sentiments".
There was a spontaneous reaction by Indian trollers, who began tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ministry of External Affairs and Minister Sushma Swaraj Swaraj.
"As a follow up to the matter regarding the sale of doormats with the Indian flag on Amazon, our Ambassador in Washington has been instructed to convey to Amazon that while providing a platform for third party vendors, they should respect Indian sensitivities and sentiments," said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
Following protests from India that it will not issue visas to Amazon officials, unless the firm removes Indian flag-themed doormat from its website, Amazon finally came came up with an official apology last week.
"Amazon India is committed to respecting Indian laws and customs. To the extent that these items offered by a third-party seller in Canada offended Indian sensibilities, Amazon regrets the same. At no time did we intend or mean to offend Indian sentiments," said Amazon India Vice-President Amit Agarwal.
Sushma Swaraj told, Amazon should, "apologise unconditionally" for its actions. "If this is not done forthwith, we will not grant Indian Visa to any Amazon official. We will also rescind the Visas issued earlier," she added.