Amazon’s portal in Canada has featured doormats fashioned around other national flags for sale. Under Indian law, any desecration of its flag is punishable with fines and imprisonment.
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj criticized this tweeted that Amazon should issue an “unconditional apology” and withdraw the “insulting” products. She also added that failing this would rescind current visas for Amazon officials and not grant any more.
Now the Amazon has stated that they had removed the doormats from its site.
In a series of tweets, Ms Swaraj asked the Indian High Commission in Canada to take up the issue with Amazon after it was brought to her attention by another Twitter user.
“Amazon must tender unconditional apology. They must withdraw all products insulting our national flag immediately,” she said.
“If this is not done forthwith, we will not grant Indian visa to any Amazon official. We will also rescind the Visas issued earlier.
The doormats, which were being sold by a third-party and described as “personalized durable machine-washable indoor/outdoor items”, were removed from the site on Wednesday.
Now this item is no longer available for sale on the site.
Amazon is making a huge bet on India and has vowed to invest more than $5 billion as it takes on home-grown Flipkart and Snapdeal for a bigger share of the world’s fastest growing internet services market.