When Narendra Modi met Barack Obama with his name all over his suit

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New Delhi | Updated: January 27, 2015 10:02:32 AM

The pinstripe bandhgala suit Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore yesterday during his talks with...

Barack Obama, Barack Obama in India, barack obama india visit, Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi news, indo us nuclear deal, india us nuclear dealUS President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi wave as they leave after the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)

The pinstripe bandhgala suit Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore yesterday during his talks with US President Barack Obama in Hyderabad House had his name embroidered all over it, triggering a debate in the social media.

The debate began after close-up photographs of his suit showed that his full name, Narendra Damodardas Modi, was embroidered on the fabric vertically down the stripe.

“While ‘Modi Kurta’ might have been interesting, ‘Modi Suit’ feels annoying,” was one of the tweets.

Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha took a dig, tweeting, “If it is true that Modi’s suit has his name embroidered, it is a first, and shockingly narcissistic, the self-proclaimed master of hype.”

The ‘name suit’ was reported to have been tailored by Jade Blue in Ahmedabad, the clothing chain that handles Modi’s wardrobe since his days as Chief Minister in Gujarat.

Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi suit, Narendra Modi bandhgala suit, Narendra Modi Barack Obama, Narendra Modi Hyderabad House, Narendra Damodardas ModiPM Narendra Modi’s name made up the pin-stripes of his suit.

Incidentally, the clothing chain’s Proprietor Bipin Chauhan designed the now-famous “Modi kurta”.

Some on twitter noted that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak used to wear suits with his name embossed on them.

Modi had his share of defenders too.

“That’s his personal choice media morons. Did anyone ask what journalists wear?,” said one.

Another noted, “Well Mubarak didn’t have media morons to deal with! Poor Modi can’t even wear what he wants to without media doing a commentary.”

The Prime Minister’s sartorial taste has generally invited glowing commentary in India and abroad. The US media was gushing in its praise for his choice of clothes during the UN General Assembly meet.

Obama had at the banquet hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday recalled a headline back home which asked who is the new fashion icon, referring to Modi, other than Michelle Obama and said “I was thinking of wearing a Modi kurta myself”.

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