A minister in Goa who had demanded a ban on bikinis, on Tuesday came down heavily on sages walking naked on public roads. He said it was a "very bad" thing to do and a practice not in sync with the times.
Controversies triggered by local politicians over banning bikinis, Hindu nation conspiracies, anti-gay sentiments etc have failed to affect Goa`s reputation as a prime tourist destination, state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said here on Saturday.
Days after a minister in Manohar Parrikar-led government set off a controversy by denouncing "pub culture", a BJP MLA has invoked mythology saying "pub and liquor are very much part of Indian culture" and opposed any move to ban them in the name of culture and religion.
Having already triggered a controversy by his remark against "young girls going to pubs in short dresses", Goa minister Sudin Dhavalikar on Tuesday waded into another, saying bikinis should be banned on state`s beaches.
Bikinis and Havaianas flip flops aside, tourists are being forced to dig deep into their wallets in the city of soccer and sand with the average to high-end hotels, reportedly on FIFA`s instructions, charging three times the normal tariffs and raking in the maximum moolah during the World Cup.