In response to a shocking insult meted out to India and the Indian community, the Indian External Affairs Minister, Shrimati Sushma Swaraj has lashed out at Amazon and threatened them that there can be no visas for Amazon employees till they do not apologize for their actions. Amazon had recently advertised a doormat with the Indian tricolour on it on its Canadian website.
A Twitter user had tweeted photos of the doormats, which had the entire Indian tricolour on its feet rubbing surface, were available for sale on the Canadian Amazon website. Amazon had withdrawn the products from its website.
However, Mrs. Swaraj, who is very active on social media, was quick to lash out at Amazon. She has said that just withdrawing the product from the website was not enough. She said that Amazon must tender an unconditional apology. If they do not do so, she will ensure that Amazon does not get any visas in future and even existing expats who are working with Amazon may lose their visas.
Mrs. Swaraj’s actions drew immediate praise from BJP Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay.