Source: Amazon India

Amazon, the online-retailing giant, was previously selling Indian tricolored doormats that caused anger among public in India. India, on Wednesday, demanded Amazon to apologize for selling the offending door mats that featured the national flag of the country. The Foreign Minister of the country, Sushma Swaraj, had warned Amazon of tough action if the insulting product was not removed from the online retailing giant.

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The online retailing giant, after the warnings of the foreign minister of the country, removed the doormats and apologized. On Sunday, however, people noticed the flip-flops bearing the face of Mahatma Gandhi, the independence icon of India, on the e-commerce site and it started another fresh outrage in the country. People demanded strong action against the online retailing site, including banning of the site.

The flip-flops product was noticed by the people a few days after the e-commerce giant was compelled to stop selling Indian flag doormats. The e-retailing site has removed the insulting products, both the doormats and flip flops, from the website but the controversy has not died down yet.

Twitter users have started posting screenshots of the pink Gandhi flip-flops,which were on sale on Amazon USA, on the micro-blogging giant. On Sunday, a user posted on Twitter that the e-commerce site should be banned in India. The user, named Mayank Parmar, added “Amazon has crossed the limit. This is ridiculous!”

Another user wrote, “Amazon must rollback its slippers with face of Mahatma Gandhi on it. Respect our leaders and avoid controversy.”

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The flips-flops bearing the face of Mahatma Gandhi cost $16.99 (roughly Rs. 1,150). On the website, the flip-flops are described as a product that is professionally printed and that will look great and make someone smile. The e-commerce site could not be reached immediately for comment but the flip-flops appear to have been removed from the site.

In India, the e-commerce site has made steady inroads, with plans to invest around $5 billion in the country since entering the fast-growing, developing and cut-throat e-commerce market in 2013. According to spokesman Vikas Swarup, the Indian foreign ministry said on Saturday that the Ambassador of the country in Washington has been instructed to convey to the e-retailer that they should respect Indian sentiments and sensitivities while providing a platform for third-party vendors.

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