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Amazon Takes Hindu Symbolled Products Off Listings

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Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it had taken down listings of products such as briefs and doormats with Hindu sacred symbols. Which were being sold on its overseas websites, following a furore on social media in India.

BoycottAmazon was one of the top trending topics on Twitter in India. Users sharing screenshots of Amazon listings of doormats and underwear emblazoned with insignia. It includes the elephant god Ganesha and other symbols, which Hindus consider sacred.

“We are taking down the products in question,” Amazon said in a statement. “All sellers must follow our selling guidelines. Those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account.”

To be sure, several of the product listings on Amazon’s websites are controlled by sellers. These are not controlled directly by the company.

But episodes such as this threaten to disrupt business and sour public sentiment in India. Especially for global firms such as Amazon.

In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government threatened to cancel visas of Amazon’s employees in the country. It was conditional if it did not stop the sale of doormats resembling India’s tri-colour flag on its Canadian website.

The retail giant enraged Indian customers again in 2019. This time, toilet seat covers and other items with images of Hindu gods spotted on its U.S. website.

On both those occasions, it took down the product listings.

Compiled by: MK (Editor)

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