Indian PM under fire for showing off name on suit


A closer look at the pin strip suit that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore during his meeting with US President Barack Obama suggests the stripes spelled out his name, provoking scores of reactions on social website Twitter.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Zoomed-in images of the Indian “gala bandh” (neck closed) suit that Modi wore for his talks with Obama on Sunday show the name Narendra Damodar Modi stitched in yellow in vertical stripes on the black-grey background.

Several major news outlets tweeted zoomed-in photos of the suit and Modi’s critics had a field day.

“If it is true that Modi’s suit has his name embroidered, it is a first, and shockingly narcissistic, [by] the self-proclaimed master of hype,” tweeted Sanjay Jha of the Indian National Congress, India’s main opposition party.

“Guess there will scores of people rushing to tailors to get suits stitched with their names on the fabric,” television anchor Rahul Kanwal tweeted.

At a banquet held in his honour Sunday, Obama praised Modi’s attire. “The prime minister is a style icon. I would also like to wear Modi kurta,” Obama was heard saying.

He was referring to the typical short-sleeved kurta that Modi favours and that he wore to the airport to receive the Obamas.

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