Wagh to wear Dhoti in Assembly, in protest of Sudin

PTI, PANAJI | 03 July 2014 16:51 IST

Goa’s Bharatiya Janata Party legislator has decided to wear a dhoti and attend the forthcoming monsoon Assembly session, in protest of PWD minister Sudin Dhawalikar’s comments on pubs and bikins.

Days after a minister in Manohar Parrikar-led government set off a controversy by denouncing "pub culture", the 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.

Wagh said he was disapproved of the demands made by Dhavalikar who has also demanded ban on entry of girls visiting pubs in short dresses.

"I will attend all the days of the session wearing dhoti. Sudin Dhavalikar whose forefathers were wearing dhoti, should also do so, if he is really concerned about Indian culture," Wagh said in a reply to a query on Dhavalikar's statement on bikinis.

Dhavalikar, whose Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party is an ally of BJP in the state government, however, withdrew his statement on Wednesday evening following an outrage.

Taking on Dhavalikar, who had also supported controversial Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik in "protection of Indian culture," Wagh said, "pubs and liquor are very much part of the Indian culture and existed from mythological days.


"When gods and demons had amrut manthan (churning of sea in search of nectar), there were 14 things that were produced as a result of the churning process. One of them was liquor.

There was a fight between demons and God over liquor," said the BJP legislator.

Even the sages would offer liquor to Lord Indra when they used to perform 'yagya' (ritual) in ancient times.

"These are mythological facts about our religion. Why do we need to oppose pubs and liquor in the name of religion and culture?," he questioned.

Though chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday ruled out any ban on bikinis, he said that drinking in public places, including beaches, will not be allowed to avoid nuisance.


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Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest thats how Parrikar is behaving.

if Parrikar had the courage,good thinking and good management qualities he would have Sacked that hypocrite sudhin from public waste dept.

- rohit, usa | 05 th July 2014 03:37


Some of the ministers do not seem to understand that they are killing the goose that lays golden eggs.

In one statement, they are nullifying lots of efforts to get more tourists into Goa.

Unfortunate for our state that we have this type of ministers.

Wagh deserves credit this time. Let us see how many MLAs wear dhotis now. Some of them talk against anything 'foreign' without knowing that they are themselves wearing foreign style clothes.

- Francisco Lourenco, Goa | 04 th July 2014 20:34


If BJP/MGP Want To End Western/Christian Culture From Goa Then BJP/MGP Should Start Wearing Dhoti And Should Boycott All Western/Christian Products. BJP/MGP Must First Implement Indian Culture Among Themselves Before Telling Non-BJP/MGP Followers To Stop Following Western/Christian Culture. BJP/MGP Must Make Themselves Example To Others By Implementing Hindutva In Themselves. Nobody Is Stopping BJP/MGP In Implementing Hindutva For Their Followers.

- Jose Rod, Goa | 04 th July 2014 15:32


आता मर्कट लीला सुरु होणार तर. बरोबर बाटली आणायला विसरू नका.

- Ramakant, Goa | 04 th July 2014 06:08


The shame PWD Minister Sudin Dhavilikar has brought upon Goa & Goans.

Goa is a progressive State,but some of its Ministers are backward thinkers.

If Mr Dhaviikar does not like the social fabric of Goa,he should consider living in a Monastery or Caves in the Himalayas.

Here is how the world Papers have reported the issue,

The Bikini Ban: Some Press Reports

BBC. Rape threat and bikini ban. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-28122613

The Guardian (UK), Bikinis to blame for sex crimes on Goa's beaches, says minister. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/jul/02/bikinis-blame-sex-crimes-goa-beaches-minister

Daily Telegraph (UK). India state minister: women should not wear bikinis on Goa beaches for own safety. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10941611/India-state-minister-women-should-not-wear-bikinis-on-Goa-beaches-for-own-safety.html

Daily Mail (UK). 'Wearing bikinis can attract sexual attacks'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2679045/Indian-minister-Women-not-wear-bikinis-beach-Goa.html

Globe & Mail (Canada). Indian lawmaker's apology for rape comment fails to quell anger. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/indian-lawmakers-apology-for-rape-comment-fails-to-quell-anger/article19434231/

Huffington Post. Indian Minister Suggests Bikinis Are To Blame For Sex Crimes On Goa Beaches, Quickly Backpedals. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/02/india-bikinis-sex-crimes-goa-minister_n_5551730.html

Wall Street Journal: Goa Minister Suggests Banning Bikinis on the Beach. http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2014/07/02/goa-minister-suggests-banning-bikinis-on-the-beach/

Sydney Morning Herald. Minister calls for bikini ban at Goa beaches. http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-planning/travel-news/minister-calls-for-bikini-ban-at-goa-beaches-20140703-3b9hy.html

Radio Australia. Minister wants bikinis banned on Goa's beaches because they 'can attract problems like molestations'. http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2014-07-02/minister-wants-bikinis-banned-on-goas-beaches-because-they-can-attract-problems-like-molestations/1336940

Australia Network News. Minister wants bikinis banned on Goa's beaches because they 'can attract problems like molestations'. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-02/goa-tourists/5567654

Irish Times. Women should not wear bikinis on beach, says Indian minister. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/women-should-not-wear-bikinis-on-beach-says-indian-minister-1.1853121

Luxemburger Wort. Indian minister calls for Goa beach bikini ban. http://www.wort.lu/en/panorama/after-a-ban-on-dance-bars-indian-minister-calls-for-goa-beach-bikini-ban-53b3ed99b9b3988708040ca3

Straits Times. Indian minister calls for Goa beach bikini ban. http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-asia/story/indian-minister-calls-goa-beach-bikini-ban-20140702

Bangkok Post. India calls for Goa beach bikini ban. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418530/indian-calls-for-goa-beach-bikini-ban

Ryot. An Indian Official Says You Can Blame Rape on Bikinis. http://www.ryot.org/indian-state-minister-bikinis-sex-crimes/742201

iAfrica. Goa to ban beach bikinis? http://travel.iafrica.com/bulletinboard/947327.html

All For Women (South Africa). Indian minister mocked over call to ban the bikini. http://www.all4women.co.za/news/indian-minister-mocked-over-call-to-ban-the-bikini

Haveeru Online (Isreal). Indian minister calls for Goa beach bikini ban. http://www.haveeru.com.mv/south_asia/55575

Oman Tribune. Parrikar turns down call to ban bikinis in Goa. http://www.omantribune.com/index.php?page=news&id=170827&heading=India

Arab Times (Kuwait). Indian minister calls for Goa beach bikini ban. http://www.arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/tabid/96/smid/414/ArticleID/207349/reftab/36/t/Indian-minister-calls-for-Goa-beach-bikini-ban/Default.aspx

Emirates 24/7. Call for Goa bikini ban sparks ridicule, debate in India. http://www.emirates247.com/lifestyle/travel/call-for-goa-bikini-ban-sparks-debate-in-india-2014-07-02-1.555171

The Nation (Pakistan). ndian minister seeks bikini ban in Goa. http://www.nation.com.pk/international/02-Jul-2014/indian-minister-seeks-bikini-ban-in-goa

- N.Fernandes, London | 03 rd July 2014 22:53


Well done Mr Wagh.

We should now expect the expert and visionary on Indian Culture, Sudin Dhavilikar to dress in a Khasti in the forthcoming Legislative Session.

If Mr Dhavilikar does not do so, he will be offending his ancestors and insulting the Indian Culture he was raised with.

We should also expect Mr Dhavilikar to travel to the assembly in a Bullock-Cart. After all Cows are revered and have a special place in Indian Culture.

It is claimed that an Ex-Prime Minister of India, used to consume his urine every morning. Apparently a few others too indulge in this human brew.

Will Mr Dhavilikar now expect every one in Goa and tourists to also do the same?

This outburst by Mr Dhavilikar has been published in several newspapers all over India and abroad.

Has Mr Dhavilikar realised the damage he has caused to Tourists intending to visit Goa?

Why is Mr Parrikar playing dumb anddefending Mr Dhavilikar and blaming the Press. We Goans have not just read what Dhavilikar stated...but also "heard" it with our own ears.

Is hearing what Dhavilikar stated on TV, also a distortion on.

Come on Mr Parrikar do not take us and treat us as fools.

- N.Fernandes, London | 03 rd July 2014 19:23


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