Sunday, February 22, 2015

Rightwing 'selfie suit'

RtO has been sitting on this story for days, waiting for it to sort out. Rightwingers are always good for a head-shaking laugh, although the story of India Prime Minister Modi's selfie suit did not, at first, seem to have any specifically rightwing aspects.

That changed by the time it played out, with money speaking its own kind of truth to power.

The strangest thing about it was that the fabric was woven in England:

The revelation that the fabric had been woven to order in London and tailored in India The personal pinstripe of hubris has met its nemesis in Mr Kejriwal's rickshaw wallah chicfor 1,000,000 rupees - around £10,000 - or more than ten years' wages for many of those who voted for Mr Modi in the hope of a higher standard of living - left him a little more frayed at the seams. Even Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Party's slow-motion leader, belittled his "ten lakh ka (million rupee) suit".
India used to be the world center of elaborate fabric.

It was also amusing to see a story about political money measured in crores of rupees, which sounds so much better than millions of dollars.

It was also a treat to read Indian political reporting, which is not as up-tight as the American variety:

 The personal pinstripe of hubris has met its nemesis in Mr Kejriwal's rickshaw wallah chic

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