New Delhi [India], Jan.11 : Taking strong objection to selling of doormats featuring Indian flags on Amazon, Canada, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday warned the e-retailer company to withdraw all products “insulting national flag immediately”, adding that non-compliance of the order would lead to non issuance of Indian visa to any Amazon official.
Sushma has also directed the Indian High Commission in Canada to take up the matter immediately.
In a series of tweets she said, “Indian High Commission in Canada: This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level.”
“Amazon must tender unconditional apology. They must withdraw all products insulting our national flag immediately. 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.
Two vendors, namely Mayers Flag Doormats and XLYL, have been selling Indian flag themed doormats.
However, the product ticked off many as it was ‘disrespectful’ and violates various laws of the Flag Code of India.
A petition has been filed with Change.org, which called for the product’s removal since it hurt the sentiments of over one billion Indians.