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Nehru Jacket or Modi Vest? South Korean President tweet stirs debate; here's what company which makes it has to say

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 3 November 2018, 13:19 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted his vests to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, after which a tweet about the gift has triggered a huge debate on social media. The tweeple started debating on after Moon-Jae-in tweeted a post of the vest calling it 'Modi vests'. Responding to the South Korean President's tweet some users corrected him as 'Nehru Jacket' while some stood with 'Modi vest.'

On Friday, as the debate broke on a huge scale, the manufacturing company of the vests thought to step in and clear the doubt of the users. On Friday, the company which presented the vests said, "Originally, these were 'bandhgala' (closed neck) jackets. They were worn by Nehru and even Sardar Patel. But the ones we sell are Modi Jackets. It is a bit longer and more comfortable in fit than Nehru Jackets," said Bipin Chauhan, managing director of JadeBlue Lifestyle India which sent the vests to the South Korean leader.

Chauhan also added that the older version was sold in off-white and black shades but PM Modi prefers a wider colour palette. "Modiji has created a brand. It has become popular after 2014," he said. Mr Chauhan said he has been designing and making PM Modi's clothes since 1989.

On October 31, South Korean President Moon Jae-in tweeted pictures of the jackets, to be worn on a kurta. “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,” he tweeted.

After which a debate erupt on Twitter as people started clearing that the vests had been known in India is Nehru Jacket or Modi Jacket.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “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.”

“Mr President, You are wrong. This is not Modi Vest, this is Nehru jacket. Modi is no Nehru, can never be one. If anything Modi, that is Khaki Nikkar,” Ashok Swain tweeted,

 Also read: PM Modi gifted vests to South Korean President as ‘Modi jacket;'Twitterati said ‘this is not Modi’s vest’

First published: 3 November 2018, 13:19 IST