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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Nehru Jacket Modified: South Korea's president thanks PM Modi for his 'Modi jacket'

Moon Jae-in graciously accepted a vest from India's prime minister, but some are already correcting South Korea's president on the name and history of the garment. The Korean leader's photos showed jackets in four colours and the label - "MODI jacket", the prime minister's name in all caps.

The Nehru jacket is a traditional, tailored short coat with a closed-neck collar that evolved from a version often worn by the Indian National Congress politician, who led the country from the time of Independence in 1947 until his death in 1964. Over the decades, it’s become a mainstay of the ethnic wardrobe for Indian men, routinely sighted in various colours at weddings and on festive occasions.

Yesterday (Oct. 31), however, South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in inadvertently revealed how even menswear hasn’t escaped politicisation in modern-day India.

On thanking the country’s current prime minister, Narendra Modi, for the gift of four “gorgeous garments,” Moon referred to them as “Modi vests.” This was likely because their labels featured the words “Modi jacket” in large and prominent font.