New Delhi, January 12: Soon after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj threatened Amazon, the e-commerce website removed the Indian flag-themed doormat from its Canadian platform and other marketplace.
An Amazon spokesman at its headquarters in Seattle contacted The Washington Post to say that the doormat in question has been removed for sale from its website.
A furious Swaraj had took to Twitter to express her displeasure and had warned Amazon to remove the article as well as to grant an unconditional apology. She had threatened that no Indian Visa will be granted to any Amazon official, and already granted will be cancel as well, if they refused to remove the flag-themed doormat.
Doormats featuring the Indian flag were made available on Amazon Canada site by two vendors -- Mayers Flag Doormats and XLYL. Their American and Canadian versions were available as well.
No laws in Canada or America prohibits these sales and t-shirts, jeans, shoes etc with flags images are quite popular. However, India strictly prohibits the use of flag for print on such materials.
Therefore, the product had been receiving one-star ratings from offended Indians.
"Unlike US or Canada where people have shoes, underwear etc made of national flags, we Indians respect our flag. Please remove this flag before this information goes viral and people stop using Amazon in India. This is hurting our sentiments," wrote a user named Soumitra Bhattacharya.