The Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das has hit out at Amazon.com after was selling products that insult Indian symbols and icons. Amazon was recently selling doormats with the Indian flag on it and has recently been selling flip flops with photos of Gandhiji on it. Amazon had earlier attracted the ire of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who asked Amazon to stop selling such products or face the Government’s wrath, with all future and existing visas given to Amazon getting cancelled.
Amazon was caught selling a doormat with the Indian flag on its top surface on its Canadian website. Sushma Swaraj had tweeted and asked Amazon to stop selling the product and apologize publicly for its actions. Amazon did apologize for its behavior and said it would take care that such incidents would not happen in future. However, another Twitter user tweeted a link of Amazon selling flip flops with the pics of Gandhiji on it.
Amazon Still Selling Gandhi flip flops!
In a response to this the Economic Affairs Secretary, Shaktikanta Das had tweeted a message threatening Amazon with tough consequences for its actions. He said that Amazon better behave itself and should stop insulting Indian icons and symbols. Any indifference to Indian icons will be at their pwn peril. He later clarified that his statements were made as a citizen of India and nothing further should be read into this. He made the comments as an aggrieved citizen and that he was committed to furthering trade and business, but even he gets touchy when Indian icons and symbols are involved.
Despite all this it looks like Amazon hasn’t taken any action as we can see Gandhiji Flip Flops being sold at Amazon.com :
Vikas Swarup, the spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs has said that any such incidents will now be taken up by the Indian Ambassador in the United States of America. He has been instructed to convey such things to Seattle based Amazon.
Many people also said that the event was being blown out of proportion and that India should de-escalate the situation, considering the fact that Amazon has pledged over $5 billion for investment in India.