Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chose an off-white saree with lotus motifs while attending the ‘Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World’ event hosted by India at the UN headquarters in New York.

Hasina looked elegant as she took to the podium in the saree with gold lotus motif on a dark green border placed beside grey stripes. She paired the saree with a matching dark green long-sleeved blouse. The pearl set worn by Hasina added more grace to her look accompanied by her signature wine lips.

India hosted the event at the UN to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the Mahatma, which underlined the continuing relevance of Gandhian thoughts and values in today’s world.

Mahatma Gandhi’s love for common people and ideals of non-violence contributed to shaping Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s vision of struggle and peaceful movement against oppression by the then Pakistani rulers against peace-loving Bengalis during the country’s freedom struggle in 1971, she said here.

“Gandhi ji believed in people’s power, which rests on individuals and who are their own masters. His principles of tolerance, non-violence and harmonious co-existence continue to guide us as we seek to build nations. His ideals of diversity are cherished and celebrated all over the globe wherever democracy is practised,” she underlined.

World leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and South Korean President Moon-Jae-in were also present at the occasion in New York. They inaugurated a 50 kilowatt ‘Gandhi Solar Park’ and unveiled a special commemorative stamp to mark the occasion.