New Delhi, June 5, 2016: Amazon has angered Hindu community yet again.
As soon as it was found out that it had doormats with pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses on sale, it came under fire from the angry consumers.
As the information spread, a huge protest erupted with #boycottAmazon trending on both Facebook and Twitter.
Angry protesters decided to take the matters into their own hand with several threatening to uninstall Amazon app and downgrading them.
— Jemin PANCHAL (@jemin_p) June 4, 2016
Protesters were clear that Amazon’s business will suffer in India if the product is not removed and Amazon responded stating that the company is looking into it.
@enhimanshu Hi there, sorry for inadvertently hurting your sentiments. We have escalated this to concerned team, ^AC(1/2)
— Amazon Help (@AmazonHelp) June 5, 2016
The protesters did not relent and more joined in.
— No Conversion (@noconversion) June 5, 2016
But Amazon did not just goof up with the Hindu community, it do so with the Muslim community as well.
— Semi (@Lovesemi5) June 4, 2016
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed expressed his anguish at Amazon in the following words:
“Images of Hindu gods depicted on the doormats sold at Amazon.com website—Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Ganesha, Venkateswara, Saraswati, Murugan, Durga-Hanuman, Padmanabha—were highly revered in Hinduism and were meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines; and not for absorbing “water and dirt from shoes” or for sweeping on for cleaning or for drying wet feet and grabbing “dirt, dust and grime”. Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.”
It is yet to be seen as to what the company, very popular so far in the nation, would do now, but in India, when such news spread, things can get tough for business.
Earlier, Aamir Khan’s comments on India had close to 85,000 users uninstalling the Snapdeal app while people also boycotted Shah Rukh Khan’s movie Fan and Dilwale as well.
Even Flipkart had troubles when the net neutrality supporters downrated its App after co-founder supported Airtel Zero.