Amazon removes Indian flag doormat from website

  • Get News Alerts

Photo Source: Getty Images

After strong protest by India over Amazon selling doormats depicting Indian flag, the e-retail giant today removed the offensive article from its Canadian website.

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

Taking strong exception to Amazon Canada selling doormats depicting Indian flag, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday asked the e-retailer to withdraw the products and tender an unconditional apology, failing which no official of Amazon will be granted Indian visa and the ones issued earlier will also be rescinded.

The minister also asked the Indian Embassy to take up the matter with Amazon Canada.

In a series of tweets, Swaraj had expressed her anger at the sale of such an offensive doormat by Amazon, which is seeking a big presence in India.

"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," Swaraj said in her tweets after she received a complaint on Twitter.

Swaraj's tweets went viral and led to an outrage on the social media by Indians and people of Indian-origin.

"Her tweet storm escalated the protest into a possible diplomatic spat," The Washington Post said.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeffrey P Bezos is also owner of The Washington Post.

Amazon Canada removed the offensive doormat from its website. However, it was selling similar doormats with US and British flags.


More News

  • Social media not that social for young people:Study

    Social media not that social for young people:Study A new research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine says that social media may not be that social for young people. The study revealed that excessive social media use may lead to higher levels of perceived social isolation, according to the research team.

  • Over 20m collected from educational, religious festival in Khotang

    Over 20m collected from educational, religious festival in Khotang More than Rs 20 million has been collected from educational and religious festival organized at Matikaure playground for the support of Diktel Multiple Campus. A total of Rs 21.731 million was collected till the last day of the week-long festival on Saturday, said Chairman of Campus Management Committee and Festival Main Organizing Committee, Devi Rijal.

  • Three women injured in mud collapse in Bajhang

    Three women injured in mud collapse in Bajhang Three women were injured when a clay mound caved in while they were digging up mud at the locality on Saturday. According to police, the injured are 40-year-old Buddhi Devi Chauhan, Radha Rokaya and Sita Rokaya of Khaptad Chhana Rural Municipality in the district.

  • 18 injured as escalator in Hong Kong shopping mall suddenly reverses

    At least 18 people were injured Saturday afternoon when an escalator at a shopping mall in China's Hong Kong suddenly reversed direction and sped up. Video footage shot by witnesses showed that an up-going escalator suddenly reversed and went downward at an obviously higher speed, leading dozens of passengers to lose balance and roll down to the ground.

  • Over 1400 Baitadi locals register for health insurance coverage

    Over 1400 Baitadi locals register for health insurance coverage More than 1400 individuals in Baitadi have been covered with health insurance in the last three months in the wake of government's initiative to facilitate civilians' access to basic health service.


  • Unique fixation Unique fixation

    We take pride in Sagarmatha and also Bhagwan Buddha. We should introspect as to what has been “our” contribution in the making of both. The tallest mountain landmark is the outcome of tectonic push against the bigger landmass creating the upward drift that created the Himalaya. Prince Siddhartha, on the other hand, was born 2556 years ago or 23 centuries before Nepal got unified under Prithivi Narayan Shah. Siddhartha is believed to have attained enlightenment at the age of 35 or around six years after leaving Kapilvastu.

    Hemant Arjyal

  • Unwarranted misfortune Unwarranted misfortune

    All this pointed that the election will be held with public support despite efforts by those against it. But all that changed after three people were killed in Rajbiraj after the police opened fire on Madhesi Front cadres who were ‘hurling petrol bombs’ toward the venue where UML Chairman KP Oli had just finished his short address.

    Prem Dhakal


  • Men at work Men at work

    Currently the larger part of our urban area resembles a war zone with bulldozers and mechanical diggers running amok. What is left behind the unfinished work typically consists of mangled water pipes, jumbled up and torn telephone and electric wires, mounds of dug earth and gravel heaps, unfilled ditches and incomplete manholes.

    Hemant Arjyal

  • A great aviator in the Nepali skies A great aviator in the Nepali skies

    Deepak was not only a competent pilot but also someone who had the inner strength to always remain cool, calm, and collected. That nature helped him make a total of three emergency landings in his career as a pilot when he suddenly had to deal with technical malfunctions while flying an aircraft.

    Deep Lamichhane

Readers Column

  • Traffic Police in Kathmandu

    As busy and hassling as the traffic system in Kathmandu is, the Traffic Police here have to handle an equally strenuous job. Over 1,400 traffic officers in and around the Kathmandu Valley battle against the pestering traffic and air pollution each day.

  • Menstrual taboo outdated

    I have seen my sisters and friends isolated and treated in discriminatory manner during their first menstruation cycle. They were not allowed to look at the sun, to touch water source, flower, fruits, any male family member, nor even hear their voice. The activist may claim the situation has changed and I do agree but still during every month my loved ones turns into untouchables beings.