Independence 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi opted this year for a saffron and a cream safa (helmet) for the Independence Day function at Delhi Red Fort. Continuing his tradition of colorful turbans, the Prime Minister today sported a safa with a long trail.
The PM paired the safa with a half sleeve kurta in a pastel shade, which has achieved iconic status as the famous’ Modi kurta‘since his campaign days in 2013-14 and before. He wore a white scarf with a saffron border which he used to cover his mouth and nose due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Last year, PM Modi wore a multicolored dress safa as he delivered his sixth Independence Day speech, months after a resounding victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, and his return to power for a second term.
Bright red bandhani Rajasthani mustard Kutch turban safa, the Prime Minister’s eye-catching gears were also a highlight of his appearances on Republic Day.
For his first Independence Day speech in 2014, he opted for a red Jodhpuri bandhej turban with green trail.
In 2015 he chose a bright yellow safa with multicolored intersecting lines. The following year he had a tie-dye turban in shades of pink and yellow.
The Prime Minister’s turban for 2017 was a mix of bright red and yellow with crisscrossing golden lines. In 2018, he donned a saffron and a red turban for his Independence Day function at Fort Rouge.
Independence Day celebrations, which have always been a big deal, have been scaled back this year with safety measures in mind to contain the spread of Covid-19.