New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi said he likes to dress in a “simple and sober” manner and that his clothes were not made by any fashion designers, on Friday.
Asked by a student about his fashion sense and the man behind it, Modi said: “I don’t know why people think I have a fashion designer who styles me. I only dress simple and sober.”
The prime minister was speaking to students on the eve of Teacher’s Day here at the Manekshaw Centre. His interaction with students was broadcast to schools on big screens across the country.
The prime minister also narrated a story how he shortened his full-sleeved Kurta in his childhood days.
“I had to wash my clothes myself and full-sleeved shirts would take more time to clean, so I shortened off the sleeves. It made my work easier and I started wearing more short-sleeved clothes.”
He said as Gujarat has moderate climate, the half-sleeved kurta “kept him cool and he could easily carrying them.”
Modi said he always liked to dress well, and being from a modest family, there was no money to get his clothes ironed. He overcame this by putting smouldering charcoal in a round bottomed vessel, a lota, and used that as a pressing iron.
He said he did believe that one should dress for the occasion and well.
He also told students how he used to whiten his canvas shoes in his school days. “I used to take chalk butts left behind by the teachers and rub it on my shoes to whiten them,” Modi said.
It is the second year that the prime minister is interacting with students on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, which celebrates the birthday of India’s second president Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
The Modi government hasnt scored too well on farmers issues, jobs and prices of essential commodities at the end of its four years in power, according to an online survey that also found a substantial number of people calling its performance “below expectations”.
The survey done by LocalCircles, a community social media platform, says that 43 per cent of those who participated in the poll rated the government as performing below expectations, 29 per cent rated it as meeting them and 28 per cent said the government was “exceeding expectations.
“Most performance parameters (of the government) show a decline over time as the gap between expectations set and impact on daily life rises,” according to the survey done with over 62,000 citizens from over 250 districts across the country. Thirty-five per cent respondents were females.
According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.
The respondents have rated the government low on reducing crime against women and children, generating employment, improving farmers life, lowering cost of living and healthcare, the survey says.
However, it has scored well on improving India’s image globally, handling of Pakistan, fighting terrorism, infrastructure development and reducing tax harassment.
“Around 60 per cent citizens said price of essential commodities and cost of living have not reduced. Only 33 per cent believe that the price of essential commodities have come down in the last four years.”
According to the poll, around 32 per cent respondents feel that crime against women and children have reduced in the last four years while 58 per cent feel otherwise.
In the area of healthcare, only 32 per cent respondents believe that facilities and services have improved in the last four years whereas 62 per cent say no it has not.
On the state of the economy, 54 per cent respondents believe that the unemployment rate hasn’t reduced in the last four years, while 35 per cent think otherwise.
Around 46 per cent respondents believe that doing business in India was now easier while 39 per cent say it is not the case.
The respondents were asked if sufficient new infrastructure development — roads, power, irrigation, broadband — had taken place in the last four years.
“Approximately 65 per cent said yes while 29 per cent said no.”
Around 49 per cent respondents believe that corruption in India has reduced in the last four years while 44 per cent believe it has not reduced.
Asked if they felt India’s image had improved, 82 per cent said yes while 13 per cent said no.