On Tuesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, after he landed in India visited the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi in the capital.
He posted a video on Twitter where he is seen in a white kurta and an orange half-jacket, carrying a colourful wreath of flowers on the lawns of the memorial at Raj Ghat in Delhi.
After placing the flowers, he folds his hands to pray before walking away.
“Just landed in India and spent a beautiful afternoon paying my respects to someone who truly changed the world. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi,” Jeff Bezos tweeted.
Just landed in India and spent a beautiful afternoon paying my respects to someone who truly changed the world. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi. pic.twitter.com/xDXAT9cBgf
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) January 14, 2020
Bezos is in India for a two-day flagship event being organised by the company for small and medium businesses. The event will kick-start in Delhi on Wednesday, and along the sidelines of the event, he is expected to meet key leaders and policymakers, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Moreover, Bezos visit to India comes at a time when the country’s anti-trust body Competition Commission of India said it is looking into alleged unfair practices by Amazon and Walmart’s Flipkart.
Big e-commerce firms should not offer steep discounts, must disclose discounting policies and ensure they do not drive brick-and-mortar rivals out of business, the CCI chairman Ashok Kumar Gupta has said.
“If you are absolutely clean, come out, put it (details) on your website, so that everybody knows and there is nothing opaque,” Mr Gupta told news agency Reuters. “Otherwise there will be complaints, we will inquire. Why do you want to subject yourself to this type of investigation if you are open about it?”
Amazon has committed $5.5 billion in India investments, while Walmart in 2018 pumped in $16 billion to buy a majority stake in Flipkart, its biggest deal.
On Wednesday, Jeff Bezos was seen flying kites in the National Capital.
“Any day is a good day when you get to fly a kite,” wrote the Amazon CEO, with the hashtag #thankyou India, in Instagram post.
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“Have you flown a kite in your life,” a young girl asks.
“I have flown kites when I was a kid,” Mr Bezos replied. “Haven’t flown a kite in a long time, it brings back memories…”
Another child asked whether he was missing it.
“I am,” he said, handing the kite back to the boy.
“Alright! Whoo! My kite-flying instructors. Thank you, you are excellent teachers,” said the Amazon boss, high-fiving each child.