Amazon’s Gandhi flip-flops spark fresh anger in India


New Delhi: Flip-flops bearing the face of India’s independence icon Mahatma Gandhi for sale on Amazon triggered fresh outrage, days after the e-retail giant was forced to stop selling Indian flag doormats.

On Wednesday, India demanded Amazon apologise for selling “insulting” doormats featuring India’s national flag, with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj warning of tough action against the company.

Amazon removed the offending products from its website, but the controversy had barely died down when Twitter users began posting screengrabs of the Gandhi flip-flops.

“#Amazon should be banned in India. They have crossed the limit. This is ridiculous!” Mayank Parmar posted yesterday.

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

The flip-flops, which cost US$16.99 (RM76), are described on the website as “professionally printed” and a product that “will look great and make someone smile”.

Amazon could not immediately be reached for comment yesterday but the flip-flops appeared to have been taken down from their site. — AFP

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