Jeff Bezos’ India visit: Amazon CEO pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

Darnell Taylor
January 15, 2020

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For one, the company is facing significant swadeshi resistance by a vocal section of India's small businesses, whose interests are being closely watched by the Narendra Modi government. "We expect to mobilize at least 100,000 traders in the protests".

Bezos and Agarwal did not address the protests or the antitrust probe. A representative of the trade group said they want to publicise the alleged predatory pricing and other anticompetitive practices employed by Amazon and Flipkart.

Flipkart is "fully compliant" with all laws and is now reviewing the CCI order, Senior Vice President Rajneesh Kumar said.

Although traders are optimistic about the outcomes of the probe, they said they will continue building pressure on the government.

In October 2019, in an unusual public exchange, commerce minister Piyush Goyal and United States commerce secretary Wilbur Ross clashed over why Amazon had reduced its investments in India.

In a recent study, the CCI said India's was the fastest growing e-commerce market with revenue this year expected to reach $120 billion, triple its size in 2017.

The Competition Commission of India is investigating the two companies' e-commerce businesses in the country, it said Monday.

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Some of the allegations around heavy discounting could be sour grapes, but it's clear that festival sales have drawn the ire of small traders the most.

Last week the CCI, released a study on irregularities in business practices of e-commerce companies and called for self-regulation. "Mahatma Gandhi", Bezos said in his tweet.

"Amazon, better behave. Desist from being flippant about Indian symbols & icons".

"Just landed in India and spent a attractive afternoon paying my respects to someone who truly changed the world", Bezos posted on Twitter. 'Live as if you were to die tomorrow. "Learn as if you were to live forever".

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos arrived in India for a three-day visit on January 14.

The Amazon CEO's visit may get tense, given that small business owners are planning protests across 300 cities, including New Delhi.

Handset retailers said that they will be meeting the finance minister to demand a probe for violations of tax laws against the e-commerce players, while renewing their demand for a separate regulator for the segment.

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