Chinese smartphone company Oppo\u2018s golden days seem to be over in India. Reportedly, one of its Chinese employees has allegedly disrespected the Indian national flag\u00a0at the Noida-based office. As complained by the people on the site, he \u201ctore the national flag and dumped it in a dustbin." The flag was placed on the wall on January 26.\r\nSoon after, social media got abuzz with notions such as \u2018boycottoppo\u2019, \u2018banoppo\u2019 and \u2018nationalism\u2019.\r\n\r\n\r\n#HowDareYouOPPO\r\nChinese mobile manufacturer #OPPO 's official torned INDIAN FLAG.Raise your voice n protesthttps:\/\/t.co\/504bn8yHGG pic.twitter.com\/uZZx3jkOHE\r\n\u2014 JackJessW (@Sccrrrr) March 28, 2017\r\n\r\n\r\n#OPPO employee tears Indian flag, dumps it in dustbin. Team @oppo look into ASAP and take strict action.@oppomobileindia\r\n\u2014 neelesh patil (@iNeelesh) March 28, 2017\r\n\r\nAlso, a huge mob of aggressive people along with the employees gathered outside Oppo\u2019s Noida office. Not only have they demanded the arrest of the concerned official\u00a0but also raised a voice against issues related to the labour laws allegedly being violated by the company.\r\nThere were also some who considered it as just another office politics issue.\r\n\r\n\r\nWouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be a case of office politics and conspiracy. #Oppo https:\/\/t.co\/1PB0pREHzJ\r\n\u2014 Sumil Sudhakaran (@SumilVS) March 28, 2017\r\n\r\nIn order to control the situation, senior officials, including District Magistrate NP Singh and Superintendent of Police (City) Dinesh Yadav as well as the Labour Commissioner, reportedly held a meeting with executives from Oppo. As decided, a committee will be constituted to look into the matter.\r\n\r\n\r\nUpdate : Now #Oppo #India said that it will take Appropriate Action against #Chinese employee who tore Indian national Flag ???????? https:\/\/t.co\/LGoBLwcQU1\r\n\u2014 SANJAY BAFNA (@sanjaybafna) March 29, 2017\r\n\r\nNationalism - Now A 'Touchy' Subject\r\nEarlier in January 2017, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had\u00a0asked ecommerce giant Amazon to apologise for insulting the country\u2019s National Flag. The demand came in after a Twitter user shared that the company\u2019s Canadian unit was selling doormats bearing the likeness of the Indian flag. Also, the company has been notified to withdraw all such products. In case of failure, she has threatened to stop issuing visas to the company\u2019s employees and cancel those already granted.\r\nAmazon India Head Amit Agarwal also apologised to Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on the issue of selling Indian flag themed doormats in Canada.\r\nEven our PM Narendra Modi has not been able to escape the wrath of people on this issue. On June 2016, a case was filed against him for disrespecting the National Flag on International Yoga Day (June 21).\r\nAt present, the display and usage of the flag are governed by the Flag Code of India, 2002. As per the code, \u201cDamaged or soiled flags may not be cast aside or disrespectfully destroyed; they have to be destroyed as a whole in private, preferably by burning or by any other method consistent with the dignity of the flag. Insults to the national flag, including gross affronts or indignities to it, as well as using it in a manner so as to violate the provisions of the Flag Code, are punishable by law with imprisonment up to three years, or a fine, or both.\u201d\r\nFor now, there have been no new updates on the matter cited above. Oppo has recently signed\u00a0a ~$153.9 Mn (INR 1000 Cr) deal with the BCCI for Indian Cricket sponsorship rights. Reports also suggested that Oppo is swiftly placing ahead of its opponents in India, namely Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi, and Lenovo. How this recent turn of events will affect Oppo\u2019s leadership and marketshare in India remains to be seen.