Are you planning a Brazillian wax soon? Well, you might need to change your plans for a brand new diktat! Politicians in our country leave no stone unturned to do a little moral policing here and there. Recently, after a Goa minister called the North Indians ‘scum on the earth’, now union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons has issued a code of conduct for the tourists. Irrespective of whether they are from domestic or foreign land, they need to be dressed in sync with the tradition of the particular place they are visiting. The minister further condemned the bikini culture and said that in India people do not expect foreigners walking around in a two-piece.
The Tourism Minister made the remark on the dressing sense during an interview with NDTV and said, “Abroad, foreigners walk the streets in bikinis. When they come to India, you don’t expect foreigners to walk around in bikinis in our towns. In Goa, they do it on the beach. They don’t come to the town dressed like that. You must have a sense of understanding of the culture of the place and country that you go and behave accordingly.”
He further added, “There are cities in Latin America where people walk around in bikinis. It’s perfectly acceptable there. I have no problems with that. But when you come to a country, you must respect the culture and traditions of that place. I am not saying when you come to India wear a saree. No. You wear dresses that are acceptable.”
The minister, who had last year claimed that if the foreign tourists want to consume beef they can eat it in their country and then come to India, also said, “I am not saying you adopt Indian food habits. But there is a certain kind of behaviour that is acceptable. Whenever we go abroad, don’t we behave in the manner they expect us to? We do.”
He is known as the “demolition man” for his work in the Delhi Development Authority. The minister further asserted that he’s a “liberal” who believes in upholding the rights of people, but there must be a “bottom line”.
"I have the liberty to speak in a way but my liberty ends where your liberty begins. There are things that are considered acceptable in a country. Let us all learn to accept each other, respect each other," said Mr Alphons, a retired IAS officer of the 1979 batch.
Mr Alphons, who was made a union minister last year also added that, "In restaurants abroad, be it in France or Germany, there is etiquette that says your conversation, your laughter should be limited to your table. If you laugh or speak loudly, either you will be thrown out or the entire restaurant will stare at you."