Remember those photographs from the 1990s of then Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Narendra Damodardas Modi in crumpled white kurta pyjamas that gave no preview whatsoever of what was to come post May 2014?

Sure, there was a sartorial shift during his long tenure as chief minister — early on, the crumpled white kurtas were replaced by better ironed saffron kurtas, the kurta-pyjamas were replaced on occasion by smartly tailored bandhgallas.

But there has been a seismic change in dress sense after he ascended to the highest political office in the land.

Seven months after being sworn in as prime minister, he wore a monogrammed Narendra Damodadas Modi suit to his meeting with then US president Barack Obama. After the resultant hullabaloo and Rahul Gandhi’s jibes of ‘suit boot ki sarkar‘, Modi abandoned anything so fashion flashy.

The clothes he donned were now subtle, but always of fine material, superbly tailored and without a wrinkle in place.

After the onset of the pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, Modi appears to be cultivating an ascetic look — his beard has grown longer and longer as has the hair at the back of his head.

The Rishi look means that smart bandhgallas are out, and subdued white kurtas are back in.

But can you keep fashion away from the fashionista?

What has caught our eye after the onbset of winter has been Modi’s magnificent collection of shawls. Take a look at these photographs and you will know what we mean.

Thank you, Mr Prime Minister, for bringing colour to our colourless, drab, despair-ridden lives.

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November 7, 2020

 

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November 9, 2020

 

November 13, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi at the dedication of the Institute of Teaching & Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar, and the National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, November 13, 2020.

November 16, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi unveils the ‘Statue of Peace’ to mark the 151st birth anniversary celebrations of Jainacharya Shree Vijay Vallabh Surishwer Ji Maharaj in Pali, Rajasthan, November 16, 2020.

November 19, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi virtually inaugurates the Bengaluru Tech Summit, November 19, 2020.

November 20, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi at the launch of the RuPay card phase-II in Bhutan, November 20, 2020.

November 26, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi at the All India Presiding Officers’ Conference at Kevadia in Gujarat, November 26, 2020.

November 30, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi addresses the Dev Deepawali Mahotsav in Varanasi, November 30, 2020.

December 7, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi inaugurates the construction work of the Agra Metro project, December 7, 2020.

December 12, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi at FICCI’s Annual General Meeting, December 12, 2020.

December 13, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi pays floral tributes to the martyrs of the 2001 Parliament attack, December 13, 2020.

December 14, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi interacts with industries, startups and academia from the Space sector, December 14, 2020.

December 17, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi at the India-Bangladesh virtual bilateral summit, December 17, 2020.

December 20, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi at the Indo-Japan Samwad conference, December 20, 2020.

December 22, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi addresses the centenary celebrations of the Aligarh Muslim University, December 22, 2020.

December 24, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi addresses the centenary celebrations of Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, December 24, 2020.

December 25, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi releases the next instalment of financial benefit under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, December 25, 2020.

December 28, 2020

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressing at the flag off the 100th Kisan Rail from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal, via video conferencing, in New Delhi on December 28, 2020.

December 30, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi calls on President Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, December 30, 2020.

January 9, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi delivers the inaugural address at the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention, January 9, 2021.

January 12, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi at the National Youth Parliament Festival, January 12, 2021.

January 16, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi at the launch of the COVID-19 vaccination drive. January 16, 2021.

January 18, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi inaugurates the Ahmedabad Metro rail project phase-II and the Surat metro rail project, January 18, 2021.

January 20, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi interacts with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin, January 20, 2021.

January 22, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi addresses the convocation at Tezpur University in Assam, January 22, 2021.

January 23, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi releases the commemorative coin at the ‘Parakram Diwas’ celebrations to commemorate Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s 125th birth anniversary at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, January 23, 2021.

January 24, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi interacts with tribal guests, NCC cadets, NSS volunteers and tableaux artists at an ‘At Home’ event, January 24, 2021.

January 25, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi interacts with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar awardees, January 25, 2021.

January 26, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi at Rajpath on Republic Day, January 26, 2021.

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Feature Presentation: Ashish Narsale/Rediff.com

 

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