PM Narendra Modi's Independence Day outfits over the years
- PM Modi gave his first Independence Day address in 2014
- Modi has traditionally worn a turban for the Red Fort address
- Modi wore a white 'safa' with tricolor stripes this year
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's outfit choices for Independence Day speeches are known to take the spotlight. This year too, his outfit was in tune with the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign. Modi wore a white 'safa' with tricolor stripes.
Modi gave an hour-long address from New Delhi's Red Fort on Monday morning, marking India's 75th Independence Day. Other dignitaries like Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah were also present at the ceremony.
Here is a brief history of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's outfits after he took office:
2014: Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his inaugural Independence Day address in 2014, months after taking office. He wore an off-white half sleeves kurta and paired it with a bright red Jodhpuri bandhej turban with a green tail.
2015: Without drastically shifting his outfit choice, Modi wore a bright yellow turban, which was covered with gold embroidery. He paired it with a cream-coloured kurta and a white pajama.
2016: Keeping it simple, Modi wore a white half-sleeves kurta for his third Independence day address from the Red Fort. He also wore a pink, yellow and orange tie-and-dye turban with a multi-colored tail.
2017: The prime minister's turban for 2017 was a mix of bright red and yellow with crisscrossed golden lines all over. He matched it with a yellow-coloured kurta.
2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's outfit choices for the 2018 Independence day address included a saffron-coloured turban. This time, his traditional long-tail was substituted by a red-coloured scarf.
2019: Modi sported a multi-coloured turban for his sixth Independence Day speech in 2019 after returning to power for a second term with a thumping majority. This was the last major major address given by the Prime Minister in the pre-pandemic times.
2020: In the first COVID-era pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore a saffron and cream headgear with a long tail. He had paired the 'safa' with a half-sleeve kurta and a fitted churidar. He also wore a white scarf with a saffron border that he used to cover his mouth and nose.
2021: Without breaking away from tradition, Modi wore a saffron turban with red patterns and a long pink trail. He also carried a white scarf with a saffron border.
2022: Donning a traditional kurta and churidar paired with a blue jacket and black shoes, Modi hoisted the national flag at the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 76th Independence Day and addressed the nation for the ninth consecutive time.