After Tricolor Doormats, Amazon US now Offers Gandhi flip-flops

NEW DELHI: International e-commerce colossal Amazon seems set for yet another Indian squall. It is now trying to sell its customers Gandhi flip flops, with the face of MK Gandhi printed on the slippers. This originates just days after the online retailer faced Indian rage for vending doormats with the Tricolor on them.

Amazon defines its ‘Gandhi flip flops’ as a pair of “foam rubber flip flops” with a “professionally printed” Gandhi face. And it prices $16.99, or about INR 1,200.

Few days before the e-commerce site had received end of threats from the Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who necessitated Amazon for an absolute request for forgiveness and withdraw the Tricolor from its online inventory.

“Amazon must immediately withdraw all products insulting our national flag,” Sushma Suraj tweeted.

No Indian visa will be issued to any official of Amazon and existing visas will be ceased immediately if Amazon fail to withdraw controversial product, she said.

Seriously reprimanded, Amazon promptly removed the product from its listing and expressed “regret” for offending Indian feelings.

“After learning of the product’s listing, we instantly removed them from the Canadian website and applied actions to guarantee that these products could not be sold on any of our other marketplace or websites,” the e-retailer said in a letter addressed to the Ministry of External Affairs.

Now, following this second transgression, the Indian government has directed its Ambassador in Washington to convey to Amazon that they should respect Indian feelings while providing platform for third party vendors, ANI reported.

Amazon had claimed that the Tricolor doormats on its Canada site were posted by a third-party seller, and the organization had taken actions to guarantee that these products could not be sold on any of its other marketplace or websites.

Furious Twitter users protested about the slippers to EAM Sushma Swaraj on the social media platform and requested her to take strict action against the e-commerce giant. Via Times of India

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