Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 4 September, said, he likes to dress in a “simple and sober” way and his clothes were not made by any fashion designers.
When as student asked Modi about his fashion sense, he said, “I don’t know why people think I have a fashion designer who styles me. I only dress simple and sober.”
Modi was interacting with students on the eve of Teacher’s Day, at the Manekshaw Centre. His interaction was broadcast to schools on big screens across the country.
He liked to dress well, and being from a modest family, there was no money to get his clothes ironed. He overcame this by putting smouldering charcoal in a round bottomed vessel, a ‘lota’, and used that to iron clothes.
Modi also narrated a story of how he shortened his full-sleeved kurta. “I had to wash my clothes myself and full-sleeved shirts would take more time to clean, so I cut off the sleeves, which made my work easier.”
Since Gujarat has moderate climate, the half-sleeved kurta “kept me cool and I could easily carry those clothes”.
Stating that he believed that one should dress well, he told students how he used to whiten his canvas shoes in his school days. “I used to rub the chalk butts left behind by my teachers and whiten my shoes with them,” said Modi.
It is the second year that the Prime Minister is interacting with students on Teachers’ Day, which celebrates the birthday of India’s second President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.