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India PM Narendra Modi's '1m-rupee name suit' criticised

A close up of the suit pattern Image copyright AFP
Image caption A close-up appears to show the pattern spells out the prime minister's name: Narendra Damodardas Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's suit, decorated with his own name, has been severely criticised on social media after reports said it cost nearly 1m rupees ($16,000; £10,000).

Mr Modi was photographed wearing the suit at his meeting with US President Barack Obama in Delhi recently.

From a distance, it appeared to be a classic navy blue pinstripe design.

But closer inspection revealed the stripes were actually tiny letters spelling out his name again and again.

Critics have accused him of being "self-obsessed" and "narcissistic" and his name suit a "gimmick" and many have expressed their displeasure on Twitter.

A blog in The Times of India called him "narcissistic", another on Firstpost.com said the prime minister "who always reminds voters he is a simple sevak [servant] is looking very regal".

Senior Congress party politician Jairam Ramesh called Mr Modi a "megalomaniac" while political cartoonist Manjul drew a man - whose shirt describes India's pressing problems - confronting Mr Modi wearing the expensive suit:

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Strategic thinker, author and commentator Brahma Chellaney described it as "a narcissistic suit":

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Columnist Brown Sahiba said criticising the suit was not "elitist":

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Author Krishan Pratap Singh questioned the money spent on the suit while poor farmers were killing themselves:

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Mr Modi's suit did, however, get a few positive comments with digital expert Tinu Cherian Abraham saying he found it "cool":

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Mr Modi was snapped in the suit during meetings with President Obama during his three-day state visit to India on Sunday.

He is not the first high-profile figure to opt for the pattern - in March 2011 former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was photographed in a similar suit.

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