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Cherie's Sari Diplomacy

The First Lady dons a sari and Prince Charles quotes the Vedas in a toast to Indo-UK ties

Cherie's Sari Diplomacy
Cherie's Sari Diplomacy
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THE lady in the sari was late to the dinner. "I'm looking for my husband," she said at the door. "He must be at one of the tables," a hostess replied innocently; it took someone else to identify Cherie Blair. Then on she was applauded all the way to the top table in her now famous red-and-green silk sari. That sari said elegantly, perhaps even eloquently, far more than all those friendly words traded between Tony Blair and Inder Kumar Gujral in Edinburgh a few weeks before. India and Britain weren't just friends, this evening they were falling all over one another.

Britain's First Lady carried that symbolic sari well. "She has many Indian friends at the Bar, they helped her wear it," explained businessman Raj Loomba, chairman of this British Indian Golden Jubilee Banquet. To the world of fashion, the sari was the event of the evening, a significant second to the late Princess Diana whose wore those designer salwar-kameezes in Lahore. Through the London fashion shows, Britain is becoming increasingly the door...

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