Karnataka icon on Amazon goods spark row
After a row over the Canadian wing of e-commerce agency Amazon allegedly promoting bikinis with the Karnataka State icon and Kannada flag colors, Kannada and Culture Minister Aravind Limbavali has threatened authorized motion in opposition to the corporate.
“Kannada language and culture both have thousands of years of history. Multinational companies that are totally unaware of the greatness of Kannada culture are insulting it. I strongly condemn any act of such slurring of our culture image,” the Minister mentioned in an announcement. “As Kannada and Culture minister, I find it my duty to take legal action in these cases and shall ensure that such action is taken against Amazon too,” he added.
Meanwhile, former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy asked why companies were irresponsible when it comes to language and emotions. “It was first Google and now Amazon. Kannadigas have taught Amazon a lesson. Amazon should apologise for its act,” he mentioned.
KPCC President D.K. Shivakumar mentioned, “Recent attempts to humiliate Kannadigas using Amazon and Google raise an important question. Who wants to hurt Kannada pride and why? Who has a problem with our resilient people, our great culture and traditions? Hope the Karnataka Government will investigate.”
The bikini is claimed to have been eliminated by Amazon from its Canada website, following the uproar. There was no quick remark from Amazon.
(With PTI inputs)