O Prabhu! Row over Goa-booze re­marks

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some bev­er­ages that help calm the mind and lead to cre­ativ­ity, which can be con­verted into busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Ideas are there, but to make ideas into a form that ac­tu­ally be con­verted into a busi­ness op­por­tu­nity is some sort of cre­ativ­ity.

“And cre­ativ­ity comes when your mind is calm. And when it comes to Goa, mind be­comes calm. And to make body calm, Goa gov­ern­ment has re­duced tax­a­tion on some of the bev­er­ages, which can make your mind soft,” the com­merce minister had said.

Prabhu’s state­ment did not go down well with some of the political par­ties. Congress’ spokesper­son Sid­dhanath Buyao said it was wrong to link the state’s cul­ture and cre­ativ­ity to the avail­abil­ity of liquor at lower rates.

“Goa is known for its scenic beauty and warm peo­ple. Cre­ativ­ity is in the DNA of Goans right from the be­gin­ning. May it be in the field of sci­ence, art, cul­ture, mu­sic and even en­trepreneur­ship, Goans have con­trib­uted im­mensely to the coun­try,” Buyao said.

Buyao said it is the same calm na­ture and cre­ativ­ity that draws Prabhu to Goa of­ten. “Does Prabhu come to enjoy cheap bev­er­ages and get cre­ative ideas?” he taunted.—PTI

Union minister Suresh Prabhu

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