Modi Suit Auction: What else is on sale?!
Well! It is all over the news. Modi is auctioning the suit which he wore when president Obama came to India as a guest for the republic day celebrations. The first time I heard of Modi wearing such a suit with his name monogrammed on the suit and I wondered
– Gosh this man is certainly full of himself
– Then I wondered – Is is a publicity drive to promote the company which makes Narendra Modi suits. Does he own that company? He being a businessman finds interesting ways of promotions and marketing.
– Then I realized it becomes an office of benefit which will cost his job. So he can’t be that ignorant!
But then the social media has slammed him wearing a suit with his name embroidered. Some even said that the suit costs about Rs.10 lakh and it is unfair that an Indian PM is wearing such a suit.
Then I question myself – why is it wrong to wear an expensive suit? Is he using the govt’s money to do that? His image and his personal style is his own personal choice. Would someone make a similar mockery of me if I wear a suit with my name on it? As long as I am comfortable with it, what is the big loss?
Anyway I guess that is an old debate now, let us talk about what is happening today. The suit is being auctioned – that along with other 455 items Modi received as gift from the time he has assumed the office of the Prime Minister. And the proceeds go to the cause – Clean Ganga mission.
Now this is a clever person at the office, someone who is practical and also really smart. Modi suit auction is big news today and rightly so. I don’t remember any other leader auctioning gifts he/she received to raise money for a project like clean ganga. My thought was that the gifts would make their way as either the personal property or to a museum, but this is much better and smarter.
I often wonder, what would happen if we have policitians with a similar mindset at the local levels too, who are smart enough to think of innovative ways for the good of the nation. None of us expected him to do it, the most I thought was that the budget would find ways to provide financial support for the clean ganga project. But here is a PM who is actually thinking of making money for these projects instead of thinking of just disbursing money from the central exchequer.
The man has sure earned my respect and I am very happy to know that his suit has been bid at about 1.25 crore. And now that’s a good start for the clean ganga project. (Source: The Hindu)
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