Shantaram fumes over naked-moving Russians

PTI, PANAJI | 28 February 2010 19:30 IST

Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik has accused Russians of moving around naked in Morjim beach village (North Goa), creating horrifying scenes for the locals.

"The state government has taken conscious decision not to prescribe any dress code. But during my Morjim tour, I was told that some Russians move totally naked, and that, they move in villages with hardly any dress on them," Naik told PTI after his visit.
"Besides corrupting minds of locals, they leave a horrifying impression on school going children," he added.
The village, hotspot for Russian tourists, had recently erupted in protest against the foreigners after a local taxi driver was beaten to death by a Russian businessman.
Naik, along with Congress party office bearers, visited the village on Saturday to take stock of the situation after constant media reports hinting at large scale discontent against foreigners here.
The MP said: ``I was told that there were number of Russian tourists constantly abusing the locals on some pretext or the other. However,  when complains are made with the police, they side with the foreigners.''
Naik pointed out that the incidents of blocking of right of way by Russians, who reside here, are also on rise in Morjim.

The Congress leader alleged that there were large scale violations of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) by Russians in this village, which requires prompt action by the state machinery.
He said that the provisions of FEMA and Regulations framed there under are required to be tightened, so that foreign nationals do not purchase land in Goa illegally and deprive locals of their business and means of livelihood.
"The recent union budget provides for an appointment of a committee to examine all financial legislations, in order to bring in reforms. I will take up the issue of need to amend FEMA with that committee," Naik added. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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- ASHMAN, MAHARASHTRA | 18 th August 2014 07:03


In January my wife and I had the embarrassing situation of being refused entry into a restaurant in Morjim because we were not Russians. We are both NRIs living in Australia and brought some friends with us to Goa on a holiday.

Being refused entry into a restaurant because of ethnicity is very similar to Apartheid that existed in South Africa prior to Mandela changing all that racial segregation. Perhaps the system moved over to Goa without people knowing!! The waiters - all Indian - were adamant that we were not allowed at that restaurant. So the brainwashed locals are also encouraging this racial divide.

Wake up Goan politicians! Or, perhaps you are already awake and filling your coffers with generous "donations" paid in roubles!!

- Chris, Australia | 17 th March 2010 05:02


Shantaram Naik is big Bol-bachhan ........... He will do nothing good for Goan people...

- Nilesh M. Shetgaonkar, Morjim | 03 rd March 2010 10:21


After I started working in Panjim I have learnt a lot. Mr. Ashok Gawas, let me tell you that Ravi Naik will only talk and take no action. He talks just to show that he is against these things, but the reality is that Ravi Naik's own son in involved in all illegal activities along the beaches from drug peddling to rape. So how do you accept Ravi to take any action on this issue? Rest is history.........

- Joe Rebello, Panjim | 03 rd March 2010 01:14


I really don’t understand, that Mr. Shantarm Naik is in rulling party or in the opposition??

He has to force the State Govt. to fully implement the rules and regulations which are prevailing in our books of law. Nobody should be spared, but unfortunately Goa has the leader like Mr. Naik, who are good at talking but no action is done.

Secoundly Govt. of Goa has miserably failed to maintain Law & Order situation in Goa and it has lost moral ground to continue in power. The Governor should dismiss the Govt. immediately.

- ashok gawas, ponda | 02 nd March 2010 16:13


Even a school kid knows that tourism brings with it many social evils like drug trade, prostitution,AIDS, Liquor and drug addiction, gambling, crimes, rapes etc..... etc. This can be easily seen when we see Tourist places like Bangkok, Pataya, Haiti, etc.

More over, as per the statement reported in the newsmedia of one of the drug trade kingpins in police custody, that he could spread the drug trafficking net all over the country and could carry on his nefarious activities because of the rampant corruption at all levels.

It would be a great service to the Nation and the common man if the Hon. Member of Parliament could move a bill for deterrent punishment to the corrupt and expedite the delivery of justice!

- Vishwas Prabhudesai, Loliem | 01 st March 2010 14:34


Mr. Shantaram is absolutely right. Roaming naked is morally offensive to any person. Our society is God fearing and with good moral culture. These type of activities should be banned totally. Even the bikini should not be allowed. It should be a single piece swimsuit.

Just for the sake of tourism, money authorities are letting such vulgarity in our morally conscious Goa. If tourism destroys our moral culture then why should there be tourism at all?

In the olden times, there was no tourism in Goa and people led a better and good life without all this so called TOURISM. Government of Goa, please stop all such vulgarities on Goan beaches even if it means the end of tourism. – Menino (Valpoi/

- Menino G. P. T. Fernandes (Valpoi/UK), United Kingdom | 01 st March 2010 02:56


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