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Modi's Style - 27 Jan 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave U.S. first lady Michelle Obama stiff fashion competition at the weekend, turning out in a dark pinstripe suit embroidered with his own name - repeatedly.

The saffron stripes in the fitted wool jacket and trousers that Modi wore during bilateral talks with U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday were not stripes at all.

Close-up photographs revealed the words "Narendra Damodardas Modi" repeatedly embroidered into the fabric. Damodardas was Modi's father, a tea seller in Gujarat.

Many Modi fans on Twitter loved the look, but political opponents jumped at the chance to take potshots at the prime minister.

"The levels of megalomania and narcissism are unparalleled...it reveals a lot about the mindset of the man," said Shehzad Poonawalla, a supporter of the main opposition party, Congress.

Modi's long-time tailor said the suit was specially made for Obama's visit.
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January 27, 2015
A close-up view of Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi's dark pinstripe suit, repeatedly embroidered with...
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Close-up view of Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi's dark pinstripe suit, repeatedly embroidered with...
A close-up view of Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi's dark pinstripe suit, repeatedly embroidered with the words "Narendra Damodardas Modi", as he talks to U.S. President Barack Obama while walking through the garden at Hyderabad House in New Delhi January 25, 2015. Modi gave U.S. first lady Michelle Obama stiff fashion competition at the weekend, turning out in a dark pinstripe suit embroidered with his own name - repeatedly. Damodardas was Modi's father, a tea seller in western Indian state of Gujarat. Picture taken January 25, 2015. To match story INDIA-OBAMA/FASHION REUTERS/Jim Bourg (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS FASHION)
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January 25, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shake hands after giving opening...
New Delhi, India
U.S. President Obama and India's PM Modi shake hands after giving opening statements during a at Hyderabad...
U.S. President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shake hands after giving opening statements during a at Hyderabad House in New Delhi January 25, 2015. Obama is visiting India for three days to attend India Day celebrations and meet with Indian leaders. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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January 25, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama walks with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon arrival at Air Force...
New Delhi, India
U.S. President Obama walks with India's Prime Minister Modi as he arrives at Air Force Station Palam...
U.S. President Barack Obama walks with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi January 25, 2015. In a fresh bid to make India an enduring strategic partner, Obama landed in New Delhi on Sunday for a highly symbolic visit and to nurture friendship with Modi, who a year ago was persona non grata in Washington. Obama is visiting India for three days to attend India's Republic Day celebrations and meet with Indian leaders. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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January 26, 2015
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 26, 2015....
New Delhi, India
India's Prime Minister Modi attends India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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January 10, 2015
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Amit Shah, the president of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata...
New Delhi, India
Indian PM Modi and Shah, the president of BJP, wave to their supporters during a campaign rally ahead...
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Amit Shah, the president of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), wave to their supporters during a campaign rally ahead of state assembly elections, at Ramlila ground in New Delhi January 10, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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December 19, 2014
Bangladesh's President Abdul Hamid (L) shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during...
New Delhi, India
Bangladesh's President Hamid shakes hands with India's PM Modi during a photo opportunity ahead of their...
Bangladesh's President Abdul Hamid (L) shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi December 19, 2014. Hamid is on a six-day visit to India. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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November 18, 2014
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) walks with Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott as they leave...
Canberra, Australia
India's Prime Minister Modi walks with Australia's Prime Minister Abbott as they leave Australia's House...
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) walks with Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott as they leave Australia's House of Representatives chamber at Parliament House in Canberra November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Rycroft/Pool (AUSTRALIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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November 17, 2014
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacts as he speaks to members of the Australian-Indian community...
Sydney, Australia
Modi reacts as he speaks to members of the Australian-Indian community during a reception at the Allphones...
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacts as he speaks to members of the Australian-Indian community during a reception at the Allphones Arena located at Sydney Olympic Park in western Sydney November 17, 2014. Modi is on a three-day offcial visit to Australia following the G20 leaders summit which was held in Brisbane over the weekend. REUTERS/Rick Stevens (AUSTRALIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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October 31, 2014
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C, wearing orange shawl) waves as he takes part in a run for unity...
New Delhi, India
Indian PM Modi waves as he takes part in a run for unity after flagging it off to mark the birth anniversary...
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C, wearing orange shawl) waves as he takes part in a run for unity after flagging it off to mark the birth anniversary of Indian freedom fighter and a lawmaker Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, in New Delhi October 31, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
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September 27, 2014
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after laying a commemorative wreath at the site of the...
New York, UNITED STATES
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after laying a commemorative wreath at the site of the...
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after laying a commemorative wreath at the site of the 9/11 Memorial in the lower Manhattan borough of New York September 27, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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August 04, 2014
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at supporters waiting to greet him at the premises of Pashupatinath...
Kathmandu, Nepal
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at supporters waiting to greet him at the premises of Pashupatinath...
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at supporters waiting to greet him at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu August 4, 2014. Modi offered Nepal $1 billion in concessional loans to help build power plants and roads during a visit on Sunday aimed at shoring up support in a region where China is making inroads. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS RELIGION)
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August 03, 2014
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) waves upon his arrival to meet with his Nepalese counterpart...
Kathmandu, Nepal
India's PM Modi waves upon his arrival to meet with his Nepalese counterpart Koirala in Kathmandu
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) waves upon his arrival to meet with his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala in Kathmandu August 3, 2014. Modi embarked on a visit to Nepal on Sunday to help speed up negotiations on a power trade pact that is at the centre of a new effort to improve ties with a neighbour that serves as a buffer with China. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: POLITICS)
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May 27, 2014
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes out of a meeting room to receive his Bhutanese counterpart...
New Delhi, India
India's PM Modi comes out of a meeting room to receive his Bhutanese counterpart Tobgay before the start...
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes out of a meeting room to receive his Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay before the start of their bilateral meeting in New Delhi May 27, 2014. Modi was sworn in as India's prime minister in an elaborate ceremony at New Delhi's resplendent presidential palace on Monday, after a sweeping election victory that ended two terms of rule by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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September 17, 2011
Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi wears an Indian traditional turban as he sits on the first day...
Ahmedabad, India
Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi wears an Indian traditional turban as he sits on the first day...
Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi wears an Indian traditional turban as he sits on the first day of his fast at a convention centre in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad September 17, 2011. A pro-business Hindu leader who some think could be India's next prime minister began a "harmony" fast on Saturday to soften his image that was hurt by religious riots that claimed hundreds of mostly Muslim victims nearly a decade ago. Seizing the moment after the Supreme Court referred to a lower court a case in which he was accused of complicity in the 2002 violence, Modi is using a three-day fast to depict himself as a moderate. The words in the background read "Emotion". REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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