To be a leader one has to think from a different angle. It’s not easy to mold the public opinion and guide them at the same time. One must have great audacity to come forward and say what’s right! Thankfully, India is a country which has been blessed with such great leaders. Leaders who emerged as freedom fighters and worked for the betterment and upliftment of the society. A great salute to our Indian freedom fighters who envisioned the very foundation of independent India.
Today India marks its 72nd independence day, and we cannot help but remember the struggles and sacrifice made by our freedom fighters. It’s difficult to imagine what they would have gone through in that era. Speaking of our leaders there are indeed some things which are associated with them which subtly remind us of them. Yes, we are talking about their style.
Take a look at some of the major style statements of our Indian freedom fighters which remind us of them:
1. Mahatma Gandhi
Everyone knows what role Mahatma Gandhi played in the freedom of India. His greatness as a leader and a freedom fighter has been exemplary! After all, he is termed as the father of our Nation. Anybody who has seen him in picture knows about his fondness of wearing Khadi. And, who can forget those round spectacles which he used to carry often? These two things have been associated with him and somewhat carry his essence. The association is so strong that we term it as Gandhi chashma (Gandhi spectacles).
2. Jawaharlal Nehru
A great leader, the first prime minister of India and someone who loved children, this was Jawaharlal Nehru for you. He is a well-known figure who played a crucial role in the struggle for Indian independence. Speaking of his style statement, he always had a Gandhi cap on his head. That’s not it, he usually styled his famous waistcoat with a rose. Now that’s some style!
3. Bhagat Singh
One word which describes Bhagat Singh best is revolutionary. How can one forget his famous hat and that great mustache of his? Both gave him a unique look and separated him from the other freedom fighters.
4. Bal Gangadhar Tilak
A man of many talents, Bal Gangadhar Tilak was a teacher, reformer, and an independence activist too. He had a major influence on people and was a great leader. In fact, he had a major role in the Indian independence movements. Bal Gangadhar Tilak was a simple man, his simplicity was reflected in his attire. Interestingly, he used to don traditional Maharashtrian cap. Presently, it’s often referred as Puneri Tilak Topi.
5. Lala Lajpat Rai
You cannot talk about independence if you don’t know about Lala Lajpat Rai. He was born in Dhudike, Punjab and honestly, everyone knows about him and about his role in the Indian independence movement. Speaking about his fashion statement he used to wear a turban.
6. Chandra Shekhar Azad
Not only Chandra Shekhar Azad is remembered for his contribution as a revolutionary, but he was also known for his different mustache style. Well, it seems that just like the hat, the beard was a common trend back then!
7. Bhikaji Cama
Independence was not achieved overnight, but indeed it was the work done on a daily basis. Many people contributed to the independence of India in a direct or indirect manner. Bhikhaiji Rustom Cama also known as Bhikaji Cama also played an important role in the Indian independence movement. Her style, well, she was usually seen in traditional Indian clothes.
8. Subhash Chandra Bose
Those who don’t know about Subhash Chandra Bose, really need to brush up on their history. After all, who hasn’t heard of his famous patriotic phrase, “Tum Mujhe Khoon Do, Main Tumhe Azadi Doonga“. His presence was phenomenal, from his dress-up to his words, it seems that everything around him was phenomenal. From head to toe, his military attire looked one of a kind.
Well, our freedom fighters surely had their respective style statements which made them unique! What do you think?