Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his delight on Wednesday after South Korean President Moon Jae-in posted photos of himself on Twitter while wearing a ‘Modi jacket’.
PM Modi, who is known for wearing the multi-coloured ethnic Indian wear now named after him, took to Twitter to not only share his joy but also express his hope for closer civilisational ties between India and South Korea.
“Delighted to see my friend, President Moon looking so elegant in a tailored Indian waist-coat Jacket!” tweeted Modi.
“I hope these simple gifts from the Indian people remain close to the President’s heart and remind him of the civilizational bond our countries share,” he added.
Delighted to see my friend, President Moon looking so elegant in a tailored Indian waist-coat Jacket!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 31, 2018
Earlier today, the South Korean President posed in a grey Modi jacket and shared photos of more of the garments he received as a gift from the Indian PM.
The vest-like sleeveless jacket is a favourite of the Indian PM, who also helped in popularising it.
“Prime Minister @narendramodi of India sent me some gorgeous garments. These are modernized versions of traditional Indian costume, known as the ‘Modi Vest’, that can also be worn easily in Korea. They fit perfectly,” wrote Moon on Twitter.
“During my visit to India, I had told the Prime Minister @narendramodi that he looked great in those vests, and he duly sent them over, all meticulously tailored to my size. I would like to thank him for this kind gesture,” he added.
In the photos that the South Korean President shared, four ‘Modi jackets’ of various colours could be seen arranged neatly. Each jacket had the label ‘Modi jacket’ on it.
However, some pointed out that the jacket is in fact called Nehru jacket and not Modi jacket.
Former Jammu-Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah wrote, “It’s really nice of our PM to send these but could he not have sent them without changing the name? All my life I’ve known these jackets as Nehru jackets & now I find these ones have been labelled ‘Modi Jacket’. Clearly nothing existed in India before 2014.”