After 90 years, RSS officially ditches the khaki shorts, adopts trousers

The sangh had volunteered to change into their uniform formally on Vijay Dashmi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 11, 2016 11:25 am
rss uniform, rss khaki pants, rss mohan bhagwat, rss today, mohan bhagwat speech, rss, rss foundation day, rss day, india news The RSS members in their new uniforms on Tuesday. (Express photo)

As the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh celebrated their foundation day and Vijay Dashmi on Tuesday, a change marked the occasion. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat addressed the gathering on the foundation day without the trademark khaki shorts and chose instead the new uniform of brown trousers.

The sangh had volunteered to change into their uniform formally on Vijay Dashmi. While over the years there have been minor changes to their attire, in terms of the belt or the socks, this time they changed a very essential part of the uniform, one that formed a big part of their identity for 90 years.

The change was initiated exactly a year ago in October. At a meeting of over 270 vibhag pracharaks, RSS leaders indicated that swayamsevaks should be prepared to adopt a new uniform. While the RSS had officially denied the reports of the new uniform, they had recently said that the day of Vijay Dashmi would see this change.

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The last change in the RSS uniform was in 2010, when the canvas belt replaced the leather one, but this decision is yet to be fully implemented and several swayamsevaks still wear old leather belts. From the inception of the RSS in 1925 till 1939, the Sangh had an all-khaki uniform, but in 1940, white shirts were introduced. Leather shoes replaced long boots in 1973 and later rexine shoes were allowed.

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  1. T
    Oct 11, 2016 at 5:30 am
    1. R
      Oct 11, 2016 at 11:59 am
      Ditched shorts for pants, these thugs can ditch their father or even India if they have to
      1. R
        Oct 11, 2016 at 11:56 am
        1. B
          Oct 11, 2016 at 5:33 am
          Now they flaunt their N A Z I roots. R SS is still a BRAHMIN TERRORIST OUTFIT!
        2. A
          Abu Basim Khan
          Oct 11, 2016 at 4:46 am
          RSS,Pl, change your mind set,nothing will happen better by changing your dress.
          1. A
            Oct 11, 2016 at 8:00 am
            RSS is now officially an organization of vegetarians, Vaishnavas, Arya Samajis and;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It has no room for Atheists, Agnostics, Shaivas and Shaktas anymore.
            1. A
              Oct 11, 2016 at 5:11 am
              It is not the ATTIRE but ATUDE that;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It may be OK to have a short pant, but RSS should rather have an extended hand and heart for India's inclusive peace, prosperity and;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Hope that while they get rid of their short pants, they also get rid of their divisive and pseudo national ATUDE that is leading this country on the verge of distruction.
              1. A
                Oct 12, 2016 at 11:10 am
                Well said. Draupadi was was married to 5 and Dasharath married 4 lady. Dronacharya got away with eklavya thumb... We can't follow hindu dharm of yore in today's environment. I prefer to give to beggers than priests.
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