Amazon removes Indian flag-themed doormats after facing protest

 Srinagar: Listings for Indian flag-themed doormats on global e-tailer Amazon’s Canadian site were removed after a series of protests by people from India and of Indian-origin, a media report said.

The doormats were described as “Personalised Durable Machine-Washable Indoor/Outdoor” items and featured a stylised version of the tricolour, the report said. They were available on Amazon.ca’s marketplace from the vendor XLYL.

XLYL also lists similar doormats featuring the flags of countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States.

The troubling listings for the doormat with the Indian flag were posted on Facebook by Phoenix-based Ratnesh Mishra, the report said.

The presence of the product irked some Indian-origin browsers, and a few started a social media campaign targeting Amazon for allowing the product online, the report added.

Among them was Mishra, who said a similar incident had occurred in the summer of 2016. “This is really pathetic and (due to the) ignorance of such a big e-commerce organisation. This is not first time we have fought against them,” the report quoted him to have said.

Meanwhile, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj lashed out at the e-tailer on Wednesday and threatened to rescind visas of officials of the e-commerce giant if it did not offer an “unconditional apology”.

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