External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took strong exception to Amazon Canada selling doormats depicting Indian flag; the e-commerce website on Wednesday removed the article from the online marketplace.
Minister had said Amazon must tender an unconditional apology and withdraw all products insulting the Tricolour, otherwise no Amazon official will get an Indian visa.
Spokesman for Seattle-based Amazon contacted The Washington Post to say that the doormat was no longer for sale on its website.
External Affairs Minister had said, "Amazon must tender unconditional apology. They must withdraw all products insulting our national flag immediately."
Sushma also said, "If this is not done forthwith, we will not grant Indian Visa to any Amazon official. We will also rescind the Visas issued earlier."
Doormats featuring the Indian flag were made available on Amazon Canada site by two vendors Mayers Flag Doormats and XLYL.
An image of the products was tweeted to the Minister, after which she asked the Indian High Commission in Canada to raise the issue with Amazon.
Atul Bhobe, who also posted a screenshot of the products, tweeted, "@Sushma Swaraj Madam. Amazon Canada must be censured and warned not to sell India flag doormats. Please take action."
Responding to this, the minister tweeted, "Indian High Commission in Canada.This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level."