It was a show of men skirts and a race of who could wear it best at the India Africa Summit last evening.
The Indian cultural wear is similar to a Scottish kilt, a knee-length non-bifurcated skirt-type garment with pleats at the rear, originating in the traditional dress of men and boys in the Scottish Highlands of the 16th century.
Although skirt-like garments are typical for women and girls and not men and boys except the cassock and the kilt, Indian men still wear them.
In India’s Sikhism, a faith that originated in the Punjab, there is a traditional dress which is worn by both men and women, called a ‘baana’ or ‘chola’.
This dress has a skirted bottom and is worn over long white undershorts.
The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, yesterday received president Museveni at his New Delhi office wearing one [the man skirt also called lungi or mundi].
While Modi hosted leaders to a dinner late in the evening, Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, was photographed donning the skirt.
Kenyatta even posed for a couple of pictures, moving around swaying gracefully like ladies do, in the escort of Amb. Amina Mohamed, the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
“Connecting with Indian fashion ahead of dinner,” the overjoyed president tweeted on the official @PresidentKE Twitter handle.
Among other African leaders who donned the skirt, was the Vice President of the Republic of Botswana, Mr. Mokgweetsi Masisi.
Museveni who had earlier avoided the skirt, at last succumbed to pressure and put on the wear before attending the dinner.
If you are not careful, you may mistake the president [appearing in a purple skirt with a cream top] for a “Museveni twin sister”.
The president is in India for a 4-day state visit.