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Goa MLA Demands Special Bikini Beach, Sparks Controversy

An MLA belonging to the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP), the alliance partner of BJP in Goa government, has sparked off a controversy with his demand for demarcation of a private 'paid' beach where women would be allowed to wear bikinis.

The legislator observed that such a dedicated beach will not only help in "curbing" any loss in tourism revenue in case of any ban on the swim-wear, but on the contrary will boost the revenue from tourism.

"If some legislators feel that demanding a ban on bikinis would result in the revenue loss due to fall in tourism then the state government can notify a bikini beach," MGP MLA Lavu Mamlatdar said here today.

When probed further about his demand, Mamlatdar said, "Don't you understand, I am saying this sarcastically."

Mamlatdar's ruling party colleague and Public Works Department minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar had first triggered a controversy last month when he demanded a ban on bikinis, mini-skirts and pubs in Goa because these were "against Indian culture", but backed off after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar ruled out any such possibility. He, however, reiterated his demand recently.

"The state government can impose a fee, say Rs 1000-2000, for those willing to use the beach so that apprehensions of some legislators that state will be deprived of revenue (in case of ban) are also addressed to," said the legislator who represents Ponda constituency.

Mamlatdar, a retired police officer, had raised this demand for a "pay per enter beach" in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday while speaking on the Demands for Grants to the Tourism department.

Meanwhile, State Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar distanced himself from the comments made by Mamlatdar, saying it was his personal opinion.

"Everybody can express his or her own views on any subject. Whatever he has said in the Assembly was his personal view and government has nothing to do with it. It is not compulsory for government to take a cognisance of his views," Parulekar told a news channel.

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4/D-90
Aug 18, 2014
03:41 PM

Its an open invitation proposal for many fold increase in '' Rapes and Molestation ''...   

JO MB, Kolkata
3/D-129
Aug 17, 2014
11:42 PM

The way it works is this:

When one even thinks of free sex - or of another male having the opportunity to have some kind of sexual fun without 'paying' through his nose for it, Jealousy strikes. Media males cringe in jealousy.

Then the hysterical feminist / professional antimale media jumps into the bandwagon, claiming that all these are too easy sex, are 'dirty', and hence not acceptable to society.

Eventually, males are given a bad name and feminists strike the 'victim' pose.

Misogynist, Chennai
2/D-118
Aug 17, 2014
09:04 PM

1. For westerners, the bikini is standard beachwear and is not regarded as obscene. For Indians, any show of skin is unacceptable in public places, even on beaches. Hence it makes sense to have separate beaches for tourists where they can enjoy their swimming and sunbathing in privacy. 

2. Even conservative Muslim countries like Egypt, Kuwait and UAE have beaches exclusively for western tourists.

3. It is not advisable to have skimpily clad women on public beaches in the Indian context. We are not yet ready for it given the risks even fully clad women face in our country.

4. Tourism is not just an earner of foreign exchange; it generates lots of jobs, especially for those who cannot afford higher education. India has tremendous touristic potential which needs to be harnessed to develop the economy.

I don't understand all this brouhaha which both senseless and needless.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
1/D-116
Aug 17, 2014
08:02 PM

1)  Does he mean let Voyeurs Pay and let the Goa govt. earn!?

2)  The next would be get your own gal in bikini and get watched and earn.

3)  A Very Nasty Perversion of one more Goa Minister's betrays his innate feelings! :(

M. Prabhakar Rao, Hyderabad
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