New Delhi, Jan 26: It looks a style competition is going on between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and American First Lady Michelle Obama with the former having an edge over the latter. [Follow updates of Obamas' visit to India]
On Sunday, when the Obamas touched Indian shores and PM Modi went to the airport himself to receive them, he was wearing a kurta-pyjama, the trademark Nehru vest and a bright red stole. Michelle was then wearing a blue-and-black dress designed by New York-based Indian Bibhu Mohapatra.
The scores were 1-1 to begin with.
When President Obama reached the Rashtrapati Bhavan later in the day for a ceremonial welcome including a 21-gun salute, Modi wore a pinstripe 'bandhgala 'suit. The American First Lady did not make any appearance throughout the day and hence Modi took a 2-1 lead.
The third instance came at the banquet hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee for the Obamas at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening. Modi chose to wear a 'bandhgala' on the occasion again, this time a grey one. Michelle Obama was equally choosy on this occasion as she wore a floral dress. The scores read 3-2.
On Monday morning, when the leaders met again for the Republic Day celebration, the style statements continued to show. Modi was seen wearing a black 'bandhgala' again but this time it was accompanied with brown sunglasses and a colourful pagdi. The First Lady wore a black and red combination on this occasion, looking equally attractive. The scores read 4-3.
When Modi visited the US in September last year, his sartorial choices became a major talking point among the local media and the tradition continued even when the Obamas made a reciprocating visit.