The birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru on the 14th of November is celebrated as Children’s Day all across India. It is this day and not any other which has been chosen for celebrating children because of his tender heart and his immense love towards the little ones. All of us know what a great human being and phenomenal leader he was, along with being a very loving human being. So, today we will discuss a hidden facet of his personality and unearth those traits which were reflected through his dressing style and choice of colours.
Nehru was a crisply dressed man who was always well turned out in his iconic ‘achkan’, a knee length coat with a stand up collar, which he always wore with a rose in its buttonhole. He seemed very conscious about what he wore and did not appear to wear any colour other than black, white, cream and grey. The two most predominant colours repeating themselves everyday as a part of his attire were white and the colour red in the form of a red rose.
He was always seen wearing a white Gandhi cap, perhaps because of the emotional importance attached to it. The colour white symbolizes purity of thoughts, free from any taint as should be requisite for the leader of any country. Other noble qualities like loyalty, openness and truth are also symbolized by white, which were also notable qualities of Nehru, exhibited through his dedication towards his country. White also denotes a new beginning, making it a perfect colour to be adorned by the first Prime Minister of India.
Another significant colour always worn by Nehru was the colour red in the form of a red rose; incidentally, this also features as one of the top favourite colours of people worldwide. Red is considered the colour of good luck and this belief is prevalent not only in India but in Asia as well. The colour was also perhaps instrumental in bringing the required good luck and zeal needed by the first Prime Minister of India. We can thus summarise that our first Prime Minister did not believe in adorning himself with too many colours but the ones that he chose were the best that the colour spectrum has to offer!