Fri, Mar 24, 2017 | updated 09:24 PM IST

Mahesh Sharma should work on improving tourist inflow, rather than focusing on skirt length: JD(U)

Updated: Aug 30, 2016 11:53 IST
New Delhi, [India], Aug. 30 (ANI): Janata Dal (United) leader Pawan Verma on Tuesday said Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma should work on improving tourist inflows, rather than focusing on skirt length.

"I have rarely met a minister who so effortlessly negated the brief of his own ministry which is tourism and who is Mr. Mahesh Sharma to discuss or advocate the size of a ladies skirt? He should look at the reducing size of the number of tourist coming to India. Thanks to poor leadership in his department," Verma told ANI here.

"I think Mr. Mahesh Sharma has developed a uncanny ability to convert long established saying like 'athithi devo bhava' (guest are like our god' to saying 'guest are no more welcomed in India'," he added.

Meanwhile, Sharma has clarified his statement saying that his skirt-related comment was only in reference with religious places so that that the sanctity of the holy place is maintained.

Speaking to media, Sharma said, "all I said was that if they enter a temple they should take off their shoes and cover their heads if they are entering a Gurudwara, that's all."

Asserting that he did not comment on what a person cannot wear, the Union Minister asserted that India is known for its diverse culture and that imposing such a ban was unimaginable.

Sharma while addressing media in Agra on Sunday said that women tourists visiting India should not wear small dresses like skirts and avoid roaming around late in the night without any escort. He had also said that this was part of the advisory being given to foreign tourists as part of do's and dont's in India. His remark led to huge outrage on social media.

Before Mr. Sharma could clarify on his remark, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and took sharp barbs at the Narendra Modi government over the statement of his tourism Minister.

"Women had greater freedom for their clothes of their choice in Vedic times than they have in Modi times," Mr. Kejriwal tweeted on Monday. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Mar.24 (ANI): Urging global community to eradicate terrorism, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said there can be no justification for terrorism under any circumstances, adding that the international community must work together.

Full Story >>

Hazratganj (Uttar Pradesh),[India] Mar. 24 (ANI): An FIR has been registered in Uttar Pradesh's Hazratganj against filmmaker and Farah Khan's husband Shirish Kunder for his tweet against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Supporting superstar Rajinikanth's decision to take part in a charity event in Sri Lanka's Jaffna, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said rather than condemning this act, the anti- national elements should take part in this initiative.

Full Story >>

Hyderabad (Telangana),[India] Mar. 24 (ANI): A Hyderabad court on Friday granted conditional bail to Swami Aseemanad in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, paving way for his release from jail after seven years.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.24 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Sena on Friday held a protest in a unique way against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad' for assaulting Air India staffer Sukumar with slipper.

Full Story >>

Kochi (Kerala) [India], Mar 24 (ANI): A shocking incident has come to light wherein it has been found that a 12-year-old boy has become the youngest father.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.24 (ANI): In what could be termed as a blame game, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad on Friday submitted a complaint against Air India before the Delhi Police alleging that he was pushed and yelled on.

Full Story >>

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Mar. 24 (ANI): On the occasion of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, the global community have joined hands in observing this day and fighting against the disease.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday had a telephonic conversation with his Britain counterpart Theresa May and expressed India's solidarity and conveyed deepest condolences for victims of the terror attack in London.

Full Story >>

Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Mar.24 (ANI): A day after a woman was found dead in her house in New Jersey, her mother alleged that extra marital affair of his son-in-law could be the reason of the murder of her daughter.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar 24 (ANI): After meeting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today, Secretary of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Dr Parthiv Sanghvi asserted that they have promised to fulfil demands of providing adequate security in all hospitals.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], March, 24 (ANI): Union Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday handed over the systems developed by the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory ( NPOL), the only Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) lab in Kerala, to Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba at an event in Delhi.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate on Friday issued show cause notices to M/s. Knight Riders Sports Pvt. Ltd. (KRSPL), Guari Khan, Director of M/s. KRSPL, Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla under Rule 4(1) of Foreign Exchange Management (Adjudication Proceedings and Appeal Rules), 2000.

Full Story >>

New Delhi[India], Mar.24 (ANI): Reacting sharply to 'The New York Times' editorial that criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to appoint Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday said the paper's wisdom to doubt 'democratic exercises' and write such piece was 'questionable'.

Full Story >>

Jodhpur (Rajasthan) [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): The Rajasthan High Court on Friday banned former Alwar MP Bhanwar Jitendra Singh and former Jaipur MP Mahesh Joshi from staying in any government accommodation or guest houses.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Mohammad Faisal, known as 'memory boy' who won Guinness World record four times for India in the category of "Most Countries identified from Capital Cities in One Minute" is all set to break another record in December this year.

Full Story >>

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] Mar. 24 (ANI): Lambasting a police officer for not allowing him to hold a press conference in Hyderabad, Congress leader V. Hanumantha Rao has accused Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao of dictatorship, adding the people are prohibited from expressing themselves.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday said India has urged the United States to provide details of the cases of 271 illegal immigrants whom Washington wants New Delhi to take back.

Full Story >>

SC Collegium: Smoking the Peace Pipe

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 18:14 IST

New Delhi [India], March, 24 (ANI): Praising the Supreme Court collegium for standing strong in declining every contentious clause in the new Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) which Narendra Modi-led government was pushing to be included and overcoming differences with the government over the judges' appointment, Justice Narendra Chapalgaonkar, a former judge of the Bombay High Court, has expressed hope that the national security clause to determine their selection does not take a political colour.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Mar. 24 (ANI): Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan today launched MoPNG e-Seva, which is a grievance redressal platform for the customers regarding to petroleum and gas sector.

Full Story >>