O Prabhu! Row over Goa-booze remarks
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