Amazon Canada was retailing doormats with the Indian flag on them until recently, which had triggered a storm of protests.
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj took cognisance of the matter and asked the company to issue an “unconditional apology” or her ministry will “not issue visas to any Amazon official in future”.
Amazon must tender unconditional apology. They must withdraw all products insulting our national flag immediately. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 11, 2017
If this is not done forthwith, we will not grant Indian Visa to any Amazon official. We will also rescind the Visas issued earlier.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 11, 2017
Amazon, which had halted the sale of the doormat has issued an apology to India over the contentious doormats.
A petition was also filed on Change.org demanding that the company take the doormat off its website and issue an apology to all Indians.
People were quick to respond to the bold move taken by the minister. Some applauded it while others thought denying visas was unnecessary.