- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Amazon has pulled listings from a third-party vendor selling door mats emblazoned with the flag of India, Reuters reported Wednesday.

The decision came after New Delhi threatened to revoke the work visas of foreigners in country who worked for the retail giant.

“The item is no longer available for sale on the site,” a spokeswoman for Amazon told Reuters via email.

Since at least 1971 with the passage of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, it has been illegal to desecrate “any picture, painting, drawing or photograph, or other visible representation of the Indian National Flag, or of any part or parts thereof, made of any substance or represented on any substance.”

In November the Indian Supreme Court ruled that the nation’s movie theaters would have to play “Jana Gana Mana,” the country’s national anthem, prior to every movie screening.

“The time has come when people must respect the national anthem which is part of constitutional patriotism,” wrote Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Ro in their ruling. “People must feel that it is their country. It is because of the country that they are enjoying freedom and liberty.”

The product was sold on Canadian Amazon portal by Mayers flag doormats. At the time of this printing, Mayers still sells the British Union Jack and the flag of Barbados on Amazon.ca. Shoppers at Amazon.com can also buy the U.S. flag door mat design from Mayers.


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