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RSS workers bid adieu to khaki shorts, don dark brown trousers

The RSS was launched in September 1925 by Keshav Baliram Hedgewar and its foundation day is celebrated annually on Dussehra day.


RSS workers bid adieu to khaki shorts, don dark brown trousers

Nagpur: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteers on Tuesday cast away their trademark khaki shorts and formally wore their new uniform on the occasion of the organisation's foundation day.

The traditional bamboo stick will, however, remain part of the uniform.

While other aspects of its attire, from shirts to shoes, have undergone a makeover since the Hindutva organisation was founded in 1925, its khaki shorts, modelled after the then British constabulary, had been a constant for the last 90 years.

The RSS has also gone for change in the colour of socks to be worn by its volunteers, replacing the old khaki with dark brown, to go with the brown trousers they would now wear, with white shirt and black cap.

Volunteers in the northern and eastern states, which witness harsh winter, will also wear dark brown sweaters. Orders for the first lot of one lakh such sweaters have already been placed.

"Even though the readiness of the society to work with the Sangh on different issues has increased, the change in uniform has been made to take care of the comfort level and convenience while working. The transition heralds the change in the Sangh in tune with the changing times," RSS' head of communications department Manmohan Vaidya told news agency PTI.

He said over 8 lakh trousers have been distributed, including 6 lakh stitched trousers, and cloth for another 2 lakh handed over to RSS offices in different parts of the country.

The change in uniform was mooted in 2009, but there was no forward movement. The proposal was revived in 2015. After discussions, RSS leaders and volunteers arrived at a consensus that the uniform needs to change. The All-India Pratinidhi Sabha ratified the decision.

The shift is rooted in the Sangh's desire to change by adopting a more convenient dress that is in tune with the changing times.

The RSS was launched in September 1925 by Keshav Baliram Hedgewar and its foundation day is celebrated annually on Dussehra day.

(With PTI inputs)

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