Naik joins a list of ministers in the BJP-led coalition ostensibly trying to protect India’s culture. Goa’s transport minister Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar, from the ruling-BJP’s ally, the MGP, had recently sought a ban on pub culture in Goa, remarking young girls going to pubs in skirts was against Goan culture. He had also wanted a ban on bikinis on Goa’s beaches.
Naik, when asked if he was endorsing Dhavalikar’s views, said, “I don’t know exactly what he (Dhavalikar) had said, but I would say that pub culture should be controlled. Whatever unwanted things are happening there (pubs) should not happen.”
He stressed that “what is suitable for our culture, we have to decide”. “If we don’t divert from pub culture then it will increase and it is not in the interest of the country. We have to promote other branches of tourism,” said Naik.