1. Amazon does it again! After Indian flag doormats, now Mahatma Gandhi slippers listed for sale

Amazon does it again! After Indian flag doormats, now Mahatma Gandhi slippers listed for sale

Days after heated outrage by the Ministry of External affairs, over the sale of doormats with national flag on it online shopping giant Amazon, has now put up another listing of slippers, on its website; this time with Mahatma Gandhi's face printed on it.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: January 14, 2017 8:45 PM
Once again degrading the country's symbol, Amazon had listed the slippers called, 'Gandhi Flip Flops', for sale at .99. (Screenshot/Amazon) Once again degrading the country’s symbol, Amazon had listed the slippers called, ‘Gandhi Flip Flops’, for sale at .99. (Screenshot/Amazon)

Days after heated outrage by the Ministry of External affairs, over the sale of doormats with national flag on it online shopping giant Amazon.com Inc, has now put up another listing of slippers, on its website; this time with Mahatma Gandhi’s face printed on it. Once again degrading the country’s symbol, Amazon had listed the slippers called, ‘Gandhi Flip Flops’, for sale at $16.99.

Days back, amid outrage from the Ministry External Affairs (MEA), following the sale of doormats with national flag on it, online shopping giant Amazon.com Inc had apologized to External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj. The foreign ministry demanded an apology from Amazon for selling doormats depicting the country’s national flag on the company’s Canadian website.

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Following the listing of the Indian national flag doormats, Sushma Swaraj, in strong words, slammed the online shopping firm, warning the cancellation of the Indian visas of its employees if the products insulting Indian flag are not taken down.

“If this is not done forthwith, we will not grant an Indian visa to any Amazon official. We will also rescind the visas issued earlier,” Swaraj tweeted.

However, the site following outrage from the external ministry, Amazon.com removed all its product depicting the Indian national flag. The issue had triggerred uproar among the Indians in Canada, who posted pictures of the product on social media, seeking official objection from MEA.

  1. Kalidas
    Jan 14, 2017 at 9:38 pm
    It should be made clear to Amazon that removing hi from charkha spinning historical portrait and removing hi image from few currency notes found in Gujarat is strictly internal affairs of India, dusting national flag and hi on flip flop sleepers is entirely our external affairs for which India's External Affairs Minister will take strict actions which may involve revocation of visas present or future.
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      ashok
      Jan 16, 2017 at 3:10 am
      ban amazon from india.....
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        Asoka Sen
        Jan 14, 2017 at 7:39 pm
        The best lesson that Mr. Bezos would learn is if amazon is banned from business for one month in India. I strongly believe that it is not a rare incident that has happened. In Amazon's case,it is twice in a Week. Are the top heads in Amazon, a pack of innocent fools who cannot discriminate between a safe and an unsafe Ad? The Government of India should now pounce on the on-line company,now operating in India, and tell them that enough is enough.
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          Jain Joseph
          Jan 16, 2017 at 11:15 am
          is it marketing technique or provocation to destroy the unity and integrity of India ?(because we Indians very easily divides, first by religion, then by caste ,then by reservations criteria and our politicians use this everywhere 'for their greed'!!!!.)
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            kiran
            Jan 27, 2017 at 4:17 am
            i think a group is deliberatly doing this by becoming seller on portal. so many isi, pak army retired and active persons are living in USA & Canada.
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