The PM teamed his cream and white kurta churidar with what is known as the Jodhpuribandhej safa (turban), a common sight in the Rajput-dominated Mewad area of Rajsthan and in some districts of neighbouring Gujarat.
The headgear, considered a symbol of valour and honour, is traditionally used by royals during important occasions like weddings and in earlier times, during the coronation of rulers of erstwhile princely states.
And so, Prime Minister Modi's safa seemed apt for the occasion as he made an extempore speech from the majestic ramparts of the Red Fort. (Highlights of the speech)
At the time, he had challenged that his speech as Gujarat's chief minister would draw as much attention as that of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's from the Red Fort. He later criticised Dr Singh's address as uninspiring and disappointing.
Many BJP leaders had then wagered that Mr Modi's next Independence Day speech would be at the Red Fort.
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