India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves after delivering a speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi on August 15, 2014, to ...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi address the nation from the Rampart of historical Red Fort during the 68th Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
Narendra Modi delivers his 1st Independence Day speech as Prime Minister at the Red Fort in Delhi(AFP Photo)
Narendra Modi rouses the audience while delivering a speech at Red Fort.(AP Photo)
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Congress President Sonia Gandhi leaving after Prime Minister Narendra Modi address(Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)
School children participating in the country's 68th Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in New Delhi (AFP Photo)
PM Narendra Modi inspects a guard of honor as he arrives at the Red Fort monument to address the nation on Independence Day (AP Photo)
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves after the country's 68th Independence Day celebration at the Red Fort in New Delhi (AFP Photo)
While giving his maiden Independence Day speech at the Red Fort in the Capital, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made sure his words were reflected in his attire too. His “Come, ‘Make In India’,” sentiment was symbolised by the half-sleeved Modi kurta he wore in khadi, paired with white churidars and a saffron and green turban. Experts say that the fashion-conscious PM made a wise choice yet again, and give him a thumbs up for the intelligently put-together look.
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“The PM’s choice of clothes was all about power-dressing. The traditional turban in bandhani or tie-dye from Kutch reflected not only his Gujarati origins, but also went with his emphasis on ‘Make in India.’ The simplicity of the off-white kurta worked well, offset with the only thing which was ‘foreign-made’ in his attire — his signature pen, smarty perched in his pocket,” says Fashion Design Council of India president, Sunil Sethi.
Designer Namrata Joshipura agrees: “I feel his speech was very eloquent and the eloquence of his words was reflected in the way he styled his ensemble. The fashion consciousness did not come across as forced, as he’s always had an individual style. With the bandhani turban, Modi kept that statement style of his intact.”
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Designer Rahul Mishra adds that the addition of the duo-toned pagdi also reflects Modi's connect with the masses. “It wasn’t the kind of turban that the royalty would sport — the bandhani pagdi is something which you would find a commoner wearing. So, his choice of attire was well-thought of, and symbolised his urge to connect to people at the grass-root level. The ensemble was also a very functional choice. While the turban kept away the heat and still looked stylish, the half-sleeved Modi-kurta, in comparison to the more formal bandhgala suit was a more comfortable, and thus, a more functional option,” he says. For designer Anand Bhushan, the choice of national colours stood out the most.
“NaMo's attire exuded a sense of nationalism and belonging. And, there’s no better way to symbolise courage, sacrifice, peace and faith, than by wearing the colours themselves that reflect all of these,” he says.