Days after global e-commerce major Amazon was forced to stop the sale of Indian flag doormats, flip-flops depicting the face of Mahatma Gandhi appeared on the site triggering fresh outrage on Sunday. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was reported to receive several complaints of this incident and some Twitter users even tagged her in their tweets regarding the flip flops. The product was soon removed from the site.
Last week Swaraj had pulled up the online retail site for selling themed doormats on its Canadian website and threatened to refuse visas to Amazon officials and withdraw visas already given to Amazon employees in India in a series of tweets. Amazon had then written a letter to Swaraj expressing regret for the same.
This is not the first time Amazon had irked Indians. Last June it drew flak after doormats with images of Indian gods were found to be on sale on the US site of Amazon.com causing major outrage to the point of #BoycottAmazon gaining ground.