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Amazon removes Indian flag doormat from website

Washington/Ottawa, Jan 12 (IANS) : Soon after India threatened of not granting Indian Visa to any Amazon official if the company did not withdraw an Indian flag-themed doormat from its Canadian platform, the e-commerce website removed the article from the online marketplace.

A spokesman for Amazon based at its headquarters in Seattle contacted The Washington Post to say that the doormat was no longer for sale on its website.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said Amazon must tender an unconditional apology and withdraw all products insulting the Tricolour, otherwise no Amazon official will get an Indian visa.

"Amazon must tender unconditional apology. They must withdraw all products insulting our national flag immediately," the External Affairs Minister said in a tweet.

"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 said.

Doormats featuring the Indian flag were made available on Amazon Canada site by two vendors Mayers Flag Doormats and XLYL.

An image of the products was tweeted to the Minister, after which she asked the Indian High Commission in Canada to raise the issue with Amazon.

"Indian High Commission in Canada: This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level," the Minister tweeted. 

 

Comment on this article

  • PAM Suvarna, Karla

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Object or subject,
    National flag is symbol of whole republic of India,It is the pride of each Indian,It should be treated with much respect.
    As preacher of of object and subject do ready to step in to photos of their parents,or god,or place of prayers??

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Pam,

    Please refer my reply to anand.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Respect for national symbols are important but at the same time respect for the law, the Constitution and rights of fellow Indians is equally important. If we give importance only to national symbols and do not respect the law, the Constitution and rights of fellow citizens it would amount to hypocrisy. I think that is the point that Zeitgeist is making. ?

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    That`s exactly the point i am making. Flag is just an object. An idea that represents an idea. We have to give respect to the idea that the object represents and not the object itself.

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    For the people who dont know what the idea that represents the object(Flag) means,

    WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN, SOCIALIST, SECULAR ,DEMOCRATIC, REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:

    -JUSTICE, social, economic and political
    -LIBERTY of thought , expression, belief, faith and worship
    -EQUALITY of status and of opportunity and to promote among them all
    -FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation.

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  • Diwakar, Bangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    First ever challenging and bold decision on US company. Lady Sushmaji is fully qualified to be PM earliest..

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  • Parotting Elangovan, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    she is the only minister in NDA who really works

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Last week Amazon Canada was forced to withdraw underwear's having pictures of 'Lord Ganesha'.
    India is not a BANANA REPUBLIC ...

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  • hemanth, bangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Sick mentality people

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  • Praveen, Udupi

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Sushma is concerned where as our PM is not concerned.

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    I want people who really think about this ...

    If you happen to see a doormat with colors of any national flag .... what is the first thing that comes to mind... i don't know about you, but i would think that particular person is patriotic. I will not think that guy is insulting the symbol of that country. You people will find many things to be offended about if you go looking for it.

    Swaraj should concentrate more on the well being of Indians who are outside India rather than do such things to get likes on facebook or twitter.

    In a Republic like in India, constitution is the most sacred thing. It is the duty of every citizen to follow it. Yet i see every so many news article where some of the fundamental rights of the citizen are trampled upon. I don't see such a hue and cry about it.

    I understand why we do this. This is simply because we are not matured enough for a true democracy like the once the western countries have.

    There are probably some potholes on the roads near your houses. Please don't worry about those instead of worry that ebay is selling doormat resembling with indian flag in canada.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Very well said !

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Now 'patriots' will queue up to give you a ticket to Pakistan!!

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  • Anand, Surathkal

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Well said. You love and respect your parents , so make a doormat with their images and put it in front of your house. Don`t bother about public comments.

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Anand,

    Your argument has fallacy of false equivalency.

    If you dont get what that means... then try to ask yourself .... is the comparison between parents and flag is same? I dont want to offer an explanation on a platter. I want you to figure it out.

    Think it has a critical thinking lesson that you never learnt.


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  • Vincent Rodrigues., Frazer Town,Bangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Quite insulting incident indeed and the right decision to stop it and also in taking action

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  • MN, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Thank God. Sushmaji is not titled as "Intolerant".

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  • NNR, USA

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Very good decision. One of my family members born in the USA once bought a pair of slippers with USA flag pattern which was legal under Freedom of Expression in the USA. However, I convinced her the difference between legal and ethical and she politely returned the slippers. (She innocently bought them because they were on sale)

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  • Arshad Kadli, Bhatkal/ Alkhobar

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Sushmaji reads the pulse of people. She is doing a great job as FM helping people just at a tweet.
    Prayers from these people ensured her quick recovery.

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    30% of the employees of Amazon headquarters in Seattle are Indians.
    I am surprised than none has taken any steps to remove the product voluntarily!

    good Job Sushmaji. BJP rocks!!

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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    What protest - all are 'bhaade-ke-thattu' once they fly beyond borders of India !

    One example is Bobby Jindal who likes to be AMERICAN - not American of Indian origin !

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Bobby Jindal has even whitened his portrait to look more like white american.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    India is not a doormat ...

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Doormat too is not india.....

    such things really show how immature we really are..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    We or USA ...

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    figure it out....

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Good job. We are not of the sort who wear undergarments made of national flag patterns. We hold our national symbols at utmost esteem - it should remain so no matter what part of the world.

    Good action by the minister.

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Lydia Lobo,

    The problem is exactly that. We hold national symbols at utmost esteem but when it comes of real things we really dont care.

    Not respecting for others individual freedoms and right to speech and expression being one of those things.

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  • RonRon, Udupi

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Good job Ms.Sushma Swaraj.. plz take action on manufacturer too

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