India threatens to terminate Amazon employees

World - Mohit Shah - Jan 12,2017

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india threatens to terminate amazon employees

India’s foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, has warned to terminate all foreign Amazon employees from the nation over the selling of doormats possessing the Indian flag by Amazon Canada. 

Sushma Swaraj, on her Twitter account has strictly warned the international online retailer to issue an “unconditional apology” for trading such items.

India’s foreign minister was informed about the doormats by Atul Bhobe, a Twitter user, on Tuesday afternoon. He took a screenshot of these Indian flag doormats and urged the minister to censor Amazon Canada.

The doormats, bearing flags of various countries, were sold for C$35.99.  

Within hours after Bhobe’s tweet the external affairs minister, known for her active Twitter access, replied with her target being the Indian High Commission in Canada, “This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level."

Almost an hour later, she launched a warning on Twitter saying that Amazon must offer a full apology and must withdraw all items insulting India’s national flag.

Ms. Swaraj’s words were quite stern when she further alarmed the company that if the stated action isn’t performed immediately then “we will not grant Indian Visa to any Amazon official. We will also rescind the Visa issued earlier." This announcement has threatened the fate of foreign Amazon employees in India.

However, Amazon’s reply to this whole issue was a single liner that said, “The item is no longer for sale on the site."

This current altercation is awkward for Amazon, which is expanding immensely in India with an attempt to take advantage of the country's rising middle class as well as strong economic growth.

In 2014, its founder Jeff Bezos wore a white Indian wedding suit and mounted aboard a truck in Bangalore, to hand over a giant cheque for $2 billion; it was the amount the company planned to invest in India.