‘Japan se aaya mera dost,
Abe, dost ko salaam karo.
Raaton raat ped kaato,
Din ko raasta banao.
Sab milke ke lighting lagao,
Amdavad ko aaj sajao'.
This parody has been doing the rounds on social media. The sarcasm stems from the preparations that were carried out to welcome Japan PM Shinzo Abe. As the two Prime Ministers embarked on their 8km roadshow in Ahmedabad, the city prepped up for the visit. First things first, authorities ensured that roads were rid of potholes. At the time of the roadshow, song and dance performances and crowds queued up the on the streets cheering loudly as the two leaders paraded the city in an open air Maruti Suzuki Gypsy.
While all arrangements were made to ensure that our Japanese guest got a resounding welcome, what was more interesting was the attire of the Japanese PM and his wife. Soon after being welcome at the airport, both Abe and his wife Akie changed into Indian attire, more specifically into the 'Modi' attire. India-Japan bonhomie was on display, the gesture made to symbolise the growing ties between the two countries.
Shinzo Abe was seen wearing a kurta-pyjama and blue jacket while his wife Akie was seen in a pink salwar-kameez and white dupatta. No stones were left unturned in ensuring that they were dressed for the occasion. Their outfits were designed by JadeBlue - a menswear chain that designs and tailors PM Modi’s clothes. JadeBlue is very particular that you do not mistaken Abe’s blue jacket for the Nehru jacket, stating that the Nehru jacket is much heavier. These particular jackets are exclusively named ‘Modi Jacket’ and are lighter and fit better. 'Modi Jackets' have been designed and tailored for Narendra Modi by JadeBlue ever since he was the CM of Gujarat.Earlier it was PM Modi greeting Former US President Barack Obama in his pinstriped suit, with 'Narendra Modi' embroidered all over it, that made news. This time in an effort to save himself from being called a 'narcissist', he made the Japanese PM flaunt the 'Modi jacket'. His Japanese counterpart did absolute justice to the 'Modi Jacket' by using it as a means to exhibit India-Japan strengthening ties.