As the election fever grips Panjab University,it is the tailors in various boys hostels of the university who are the busiest lot,catering to the increasing demand of students for white kurta-pyjamas.
Shingara Singh,42,a tailor in Boys Hostel No. 6,has spent his life stitching kurta-pyjamas in the shop being run by his father since 1977. Earlier,we received around one-two orders for stitching kurta-pyjamas per day,but since last one month,the demand has risen to six-seven per day, he says,pointing towards the racks loaded with unstitched white kurta-pyjamas.
Though kurta-pyjama forms a common traditional attire worn by boys in the northern region of the country,it is the election season when almost every other student leader on the campus is seen donning it. The trend which has been continuing for years has strengthened so much that the presence of so many kurta-pyjama-clad students has become symbolic of elections on the campus.
While some of the student leaders prefer kurta-pyjama as it is comfortable and easy to carry off in the scorching summer heat,for majority of them,the white kurta infuses a sense of leadership in them. Bhupinder Batth,chairman,National Student Union of India,who has been wearing the dress religiously since his entry into the student politics,believes that kurta-pyjama is the ideal dress for leaders,as it provides them with an identity,which is synonymous with that of national leaders.
Wearing kurta-pyjamas helps us stand apart from the rest of the crowd on the campus. Students find it easy to approach us,as we get recognised as student leaders,which is very important for us, says Malveer Singh Bhangu,chairman,Students Organisation of India.
While there are various types of kurta-pyjamas,it is the white Muktsari style of kurtas which are in much demand,says Shiv,a tailor at Boys Hostel No. 4,who has been witnessing this trend for the last four years.
After tailors,washermen in the boys hostels are equally busy. Om Prakash,a washerman at Boys Hostel No. 6,says,We get around 20 kurta-pyjamas for ironing everyday. Students also request us to get them ready at the earliest,as they want to look their best in the everyday campaigning.
When these student elections get over next week,our favourite season will also end, smiles Prakash.