India’s international minister has criticised on-line retail big Amazon after its Canadian web site was discovered to be promoting doormats that includes the Indian flag.
Sushma Swaraj tweeted that Amazon ought to situation an “unconditional apology” and withdraw the “insulting” merchandise.
Failing this, she stated India would rescind present visas for Amazon officers and never grant any extra.
Amazon stated it had eliminated the doormats from its website.
In a sequence of tweets, Ms Swaraj requested the Indian Excessive Fee in Canada to take up the difficulty with Amazon after it was delivered to her consideration by one other Twitter person.
“Amazon should tender unconditional apology. They need to withdraw all merchandise insulting our nationwide flag instantly,” she stated.
“If this isn’t performed forthwith, we is not going to grant Indian visa to any Amazon official. We may even rescind the Visas issued earlier.
The doormats, which have been being offered by a third-party and described as “personalised sturdy machine-washable indoor/outside gadgets”, have been faraway from the positioning on Wednesday.
“The merchandise is not accessible on the market on the positioning,” an Amazon spokeswoman stated in an e-mail.
Amazon sells doormats that includes flags of different nations however in India desecration of the flag is punishable with fines and imprisonment.
Final June Amazon discovered itself in the same controversy over gross sales of doormats illustrating Hindu gods.
The row comes as Flipkart, India’s biggest online retailer, is concerned in a fierce battle with Amazon over market share.