Jan 15, 2017

Gandhi flip flops sold on Amazon cause anger in India

The Indian embassy in Washington had been told to tell Amazon US to respect Indian feelings, a foreign ministry spokesman was quoted as saying. "As a follow up to the matter regarding the sale of doormats with the Indian flag on Amazon, our Ambassador in Washington has been instructed to convey to Amazon that while providing a platform for third party vendors, they should respect Indian sensitivities and sentiments," Vikas Swarup said, NDTV reported. Amazon India vice-president Amit Agarwal wrote to Ms Swaraj saying the doormats had been offered by a third-party seller on its Canadian website and there had been no intent to offend. Last June Amazon found itself in a similar controversy over sales of doormats illustrating Hindu gods. Amazon is locked in a fierce battle with Flipkart, India's biggest online retailer, over market share.

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