Amazon drops sale of tricolour doormats after visa threat


Washington/Ottawa, Jan 12, 2017: Soon after India threatened Amazon to cancel the Indian Visas of its foreign employees by saying if the company did not withdraw an Indian flag-themed doormat from its Canadian platform, the e-commerce website on Thursday removed the article from the online marketplace.

A spokesman for Amazon based at its headquarters in Seattle contacted The Washington Post to say that the doormat was no longer for sale on its website.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made the threat Wednesday on Twitter, saying that if the offending product is not removed from Amazon’s Canada website, she would not grant visas to Amazon officials and “rescind the visas issued earlier.”

Swaraj said in a tweet:

She said:

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.

The Minister tweeted:

Wefornews Bureau

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