Amazon seems to be inclined towards keeping its equation bitter with the Indian Government.
In January the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reprimanded American e-com giant Amazon for selling doormats designed as the Indian Flag.
The controversy was settled by taking the product off the online platform and issuance of a formal apology as demanded by Swaraj.
Yet again Amazon is now in news for selling a vinyl wall sticker of a map of India.
The product came to light when BJP’s Delhi spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga tweeted a screenshot of the product highlighting that it did not include India’s areas illegally occupied by Pakistan and China.
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— Tajinder Pal S Bagga (@TajinderBagga) May 6, 2017
The product was listed by a seller named ‘DIYthinker’ is a misrepresentation of the Indian map which can be met with stiff punishment of up to seven year jail term and a fine of Rs.100 crore. It is notable that an incorrect depiction of a country’s map is not only a crime but also a direct attack on a country’s sovereignty.
In 2016, Amazon was spotted selling doormats printed with Indian gods and goddesses. This infuriated the masses which resulted in #BoycottAmazon trending on Twitter.
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) June 5, 2016
— Atul Bhobe (@atulbhobe) January 11, 2017
A wrong deed can be treated as a mistake once or twice but there is a threshold that must not be breached. It seems like an intentional attack or plain ignorance of religious and nationalist sentiments on the part of Amazon.
We as responsible citizens of India fail to understand Amazon’s stance in view of three repetitive blunders in a span of two years.