After Indian flag on doormats, Amazon sells Gandhi on flip-flops

Srinagar: Flip-flops bearing the face of independence icon Mahatma Gandhi for sale on Amazon triggered fresh outrage on Sunday, days after the e-retail giant was forced to stop selling Indian flag doormats, a media report said on Sunday.

On Wednesday, the government demanded Amazon apologise for selling “insulting” doormats featuring India’s national flag, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj warning of tough action against the company.

On Saturday, the  foreign ministry said that the country’s “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,” said spokesman Vikas Swarup, the report said.

Several people left comments on the Customer Reviews board beneath the Amazon listing condemning the sale of the sandals.

“Try imagining your footwear featuring your own parents or grandparents & how comfortable would you be with that kind of a “respect” & “affection” shown to them,” wrote Ramesh.

“Shameless Amazon first it was Indian flag and now Mahatma Gandhi looks like Jeff Bezos is losing his mind,” wrote an anonymous user.

 

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