CAIT condemns US Mission remarks about Piyush Goyal
    Date :24-May-2021

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Taking a strong note of a media story titled “US defended Amazon after article showed company bypassed Indian law”, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in a communication sent to Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal strongly condemned the most uncalled for remarks of US Mission in India about Goyal protecting misdeeds of Amazon. As per media story of the wire agency, the US Embassy in India in an internal email purported and reportedly sent John Kerry, one of President Joe Biden’s top envoys, in reference to questionable business practices of Amazon, said, “This could come up in the call since as you know Minister Goyal is prone to bring up tangential topics.”
It is most striking that the note was prepared by Carnegie defending Amazon India’s business illegal practices which have come under the lens of regulatory and enforcement agencies in India. The CAIT further said that this is not the first time that the country has been humiliated. As per the same global wire agency in another story titled “Test the Boundaries”, released about three months back, it was reported that an internal note of Amazon referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘not an intellectual or an academic person’ thereby attempted to reduce the stature as the Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy.
The validity of this story can easily be established that although more than 4 months have passed and the global wire Agency has levelled serious charges against Amazon but no substantial action has been taken by Amazon to deny the contents of the said media story CAIT National President Mr. B.C.Bhartia & Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal in a joint statement issued here today said "we strongly deplore both Amazon and the US Mission in India for creating the note to defend Amazon’s position and its illegal business practices after a prominent section of our media exposed Amazon’s illegal, unfair and discriminatory business practices and its violation of wide-ranging Indian laws.The sweeping statement made in the reported e-mail is a blatant attack on the dignity and integrity of the Government of India and reeks of seemingly vested interests that the US Mission in India has in Amazon.".
Both Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal said that it is not just unusual but also unwarranted for the US Embassy to make such remarks against a Cabinet Minister whose reputation precedes him and is an attack on the functioning of a sovereign nation and its Government. It is also unusual that the purpose of such a remark is to defend a private company and its long-standing illegal, unfair and discriminatory practices. It is unimaginable to see how a foreign private company can make such staggering remarks about our Prime Minister, Government of India or any of its cabinet ministers, especially in a country that is largest democracy of the world and is stated to be one of its biggest markets and become one of its top 5 markets in terms of revenue by 2023.