PM Modi’s suit striped with his name reflects megalomania: Jairam Ramesh

NEW DELHI(PTI): Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday dubbed Narendra Modi a “megalomaniac” for wearing a suit during his talks with US President Barack Obama that had the Prime Minister’s name embroidered all over it.

“Totally insane…This reflects megalomania nothing else,” Ramesh said after the issue triggered a debate in the social media. The debate began after close-up photographs of the Prime Minister’s pinstripe bandhgala suit that he wore on Sunday 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.

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Taking a dig at Modi, Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha had yesterday tweeted, “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. 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.

2 Responses to PM Modi’s suit striped with his name reflects megalomania: Jairam Ramesh

  1. Rs 9,27,500 for Modi’s personalised suit?
    If a report of the British newspaper London Standard is to be believed, PM Narendra Modi’s personalised suit must have cost something around £10,000, which as per present conversion rates would be Rs 9,27,500.

    The fabric for the suit, with NARENDRA DAMODARDAS MODI woven all over it in gold thread, most probably came from London based merchants Holland & Sherry. According to the report the cloth alone would have cost somewhere between £2,500 (Rs231875) to £3,000(Rs 278250).

    Based on that, and the high end tailor Tom James, to whom Holland & Sherry supplies fabric, the British newspaper speculated the final cost of the suit to be around £10,000 (Rs 9,27,500).

    Both the fabric supplier and tailor refused to confirm Modi as a client, or the price. But Holland & Sherry “[couldn’t] think of anyone else who would do something like that” and Tom James said “I believe we are the only ones doing that [style]”.
    Zoom in: PM Modi dons suit with his full name all over it
    PM Modi wore the personalised suit for tea with visiting US President Barack Obama. At first glance it appeared to be a black and gold pinstriped suit, but closed inspection revealed that the stripes were actually the Prime Ministers full name.

  2. Narendra Modi’s Suit and Its Message to Obama
    Even the pinstripes on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suit cannot escape scrutiny.

    The yellow, almost-gold, stripes that appear against the navy blue wool fitted Indian jacket and pants he wore on Sunday were not simple stitching. They were Mr. Modi’s name embroidered into the fabric, said a person familiar with Mr. Modi’s wardrobe.

    Over and over again the lines repeated the words: “Narendra Damodardas Modi.” His middle name is his father’s first name: Damodardas Mulchand, a tea seller.
    Mr. Modi, wore the pinstriped suit to receive U.S. President Barack Obama at the Indian presidential palace on Sunday. Mr. Obama is on an official three-day visit to India.

    He landed in the capital New Delhi on Sunday morning where he was greeted by Mr. Modi in a break with protocol. The pair also hugged.

    Mr. Modi, who changed his outfit three times on Sunday, started with a cream colored shirt paired with a saffron shawl for the airport visit. He then changed into that pinstriped fitted Indian jacket with his name all over it for a luncheon he hosted in Mr. Obama’s honor at Hyderabad house. After lunch the pair walked in the garden and were photographed drinking tea together.

    Later that evening, Mr. Modi donned a dove-grey fitted Indian jacket for a state banquet at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the president’s palace.

    For the Republic Day parade on Monday Mr. Modi paired a black fitted jacket with an elaborate turban, a nod to his Gujarati heritage. The red, green and orange hand-tied turban, speckled with white dots, is a a tie-dye technique called Bandhani that is practiced mostly in the western Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Mr. Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat for more than a decade.

    But the Obama visit’s wardrobe will probably be best-remembered for those stripes on Mr. Modi’s second outfit. They started a social media outrage especially on Twitter where some users described Mr. Modi as a narcissist for choosing to wear his name all over his jacket.