The pinstripe bandhgala suit Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore on Saturday during his talks with United States 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."
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
United Nations General Assembly meet.
Obama had at the banquet hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday 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.”
Image: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama at a joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on this picture taken on january 25, 2015. Photograph: PTI Photo