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Amazon removes Lord Ganesha skateboards after Hindus protest
Amazon.com, said to be world's largest online retailer, has seemingly removed skateboards carrying images of Hindu deity Lord Ganesha from its website after Hindus protested.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, thanked Amazon.com for understanding and feeling the concerns of Hindu community, which thought images of Lord Ganesha on skateboards were highly inappropriate.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, however, said that an official apology from Amazon.com and its President Jeffrey P. Bezos to the upset Hindu community was still due as this was not the first time for the company to offer such products which were deemed offensive by Hindu devotees.

Moreover; bedcovers, bed sheets, bedspreads, picnic beach sheets, cigarette cases, waist pants; carrying the images of Hindu deities Ganesha, Vishnu, Shiva, Lakshmi and Kali were still being sold at Amazon.com; which we urge the company to show some maturity and immediately withdraw, Rajan Zed stated.

Zed suggested Amazon.com and other corporations to send their senior executives for training in religious and cultural sensitivity so that they had an understanding of the feelings of customers and communities when introducing new products or launching advertising campaigns.

Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the faithful, Zed said.

Zed further said that it was shocking to visualize that a company like Amazon.com, for its mercantile greed, would apparently sell anything without caring for the feelings of a considerable segment of world's population.

Amazon.com, Inc., a Fortune 500 company founded in 1994, and headquartered in Seattle (USA), claims to offer earth's biggest selection.

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