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Karnataka minister demands apology from Amazon over Kannada flag-themed bikini

The product description of the bikini also mentions ‘Karnataka flag’


Karnataka minister Arvind Limbavali on Saturday demanded an apology from Amazon Canada after a bikini featuring a Karnataka flag popped up on sale on its site. The state’s emblem and the Gandaberunda, a two-headed mythological bird, was imprinted on the bikini. 

Limbavali said the state government would take legal action if Amazon Canada doesn’t apologise. The bikini featuring the flag of Karnataka drew ire as it comes two days after a Google search showed Kannada as the ugliest language. 

The Karnataka government had already said that it would take legal action against Google for showing Kannada as the “ugliest language” of India. 

“We experienced an insult of Kannada by @Google recently. Even before the scars could heal, we find @amazonca using the colours of #Kannada flag and the Kannada icon on ladies’ clothes,” Arvind Limbavali tweeted. 

The product description of the bikini also mentions ‘Karnataka flag’. 

Several Kannadigas asked Amazon to de-list the product and take action against the brand that put up the bikini for sale. The product has since been removed from the site.

Google on Thursday apologised for showing Kannada as the ugliest language and said that its search results weren’t always perfect.

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