‘Sad’ that Priyanka Chopra did not ‘represent a free and independent India in a beautiful Sari’

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Former Samata Party president, right-wing leaning commentator and textile revivalist Jaya Jaitly has slammed actor Priyanka Chopra for the latter’s decision to not wear sari at the royal wedding. Taking to Twitter Jaitly said that she was disappointed to see that Priyanka opted to dress up like a “British aristocrat” at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. She says she could have opted for a “beautiful” sari as independent India has so much to show to the world.

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She wrote, “How sad an Indian actor attending the royal wedding in UK should dress like a British aristocrat at Ascot rather than represent a free and independent India in a beautiful Sari.”

Jaitly later told IANS that Priyanka had shunned an Indian outfit in favour of ‘fancy gowns’ by ‘fancy designers’ for ‘fat money.’ She told the news agency, “All these actors, they dress up in all these fancy gowns by fancy designers who pay them for wearing their outfits and so they get fat money. Now, I keep feeling as I am loyal to our weavers and our textiles in India and we are working all our lives to revive it… We never attach a human being (the weaver’s name) with the brand name unless it has a designer’s name. We will say Kanjeevaram or Sambalpuri or something else and that’s the unfair practice all over the world and particularly in India.”

The Quantico actor had wowed the fans by turning up at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and actor Megan Markle with a Vivienne Westwood suit and a fascinator for the royal wedding. For the reception, she had “sparkled” in a champagne coloured glittery gown by Dior.

Jaitly didn’t stop here. She told IANS that Priyanka’s decision to wear a western outfit smacked of her allegedly hypocrisy. She said, “When somebody in a village in India says ‘Sar dhako (cover your head)’, we don’t want that… When somebody says, ‘Don’t wear jeans in college’, we say ‘Who are you to tell us a dress code?’. But if Queen in England descends an invitation and say you got to wear a hat, which is not part of your culture, you will start saying there was a dress code.”

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