Not just Indians, PM Narendra Modi has his fans world over. He is renowned for his leadership and management style, and there is one thing more that people notice him for, his style. Wether it is the independence speech, or Mr. Modi addressing the public in US, he influences people with his amazing command over words and fine oratory skills, his leadership qualities, and the way he carries himself. He is treading on a way to become the fashion icon of India soon. His signature fashion look is the kurta with short sleeves, which is now omnipresent in the market and is being sold in the name of the “Modi Kurta.”
If there is any politician who made a style statement after Jawaharlal Nehru, it is Narendra Modi. Nehru started the “bandh gala” or the short collar jacket trend in India and abroad. The editor of an Indian men’s magazine GQ India, Che Kurrien said that Nehru was a style icon and he is to one who made this style so popular worldwide. Jawaharlal Nehru wore the short collar jacket for a Vogue magazine shoot in 1964, after which the West took the hang of this trend. The short collar jackets was so popular that even the members of the band “The Beatles” wore the Nehru jackets for their concertat New York’s Shea Stadium in the year 1965.
The round collar jackets continue to be the big hits even today as well, as they are nice and Indian alternatives to a tuxedo or a suit. In 2012, the Time Magazine listed the Nehru jacket on number 7, on the list of“Top 10 Political Fashion Statements.”
Although, Modi is being connected to Mr. Nehru for the political fashion that he follows, Mr. Modi has a different style and way to politics if compared to Jawaharlal Nehru. To start with, PM Modi is a staunch follower of Hindu-nationalist politics, so he first abolished the Soviet-style planning commission that is observed as the legacy of Mr. Nehru in the Indian system. Modi is all set to replace the Nehru’s politics with his own style. Modi has a huge collection of collarless vests but unlike Nehru, they come in a wide assortment of colors. For most occasions, PM Modi is seen wearing the collarless vests in yellow shades, the color that represents his party, BJP.
PM Modi is all set to become the next Indian global style leader with his colorful collarless vests and short-sleeved kurta, which many other politicians and general population are following.