New RSS uniform: Khaki shorts make way for khaki pants

The ABPS is expected to fix the timeframe for implementation of the decision on Sunday.

Written by Shyamlal Yadav | New Delhi | Published:March 13, 2016 1:16 am
RSS, RSS khaki shorts, rss uniform, rss uniform change, rss new uniform, rss uniform shots, rss khaki pants, rss india, latest news The RSS officially denied any decision on the uniform, though its prachar pramukh Manmohan Vaidya told The Sunday Express that discussions were on.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) trademark khaki shorts will soon make way for dark khaki trousers. According to sources, a decision to this effect was taken during a meeting of the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), the Sangh’s highest decision-making body, in Nagaur on Saturday.

Sources said the new trousers would be loose-fitting — like the loose-fitting shorts with which RSS volunteers have been associated for decades — so that swayamsevaks can perform yoga and surya namaskar. The rest of the uniform — white full-sleeved shirt with one pocket on the left, black cap, canvas belt, leather or rexine black shoes, and bamboo stick up to the height of the swayamsevak’s ears — will remain the same.

The ABPS is expected to fix the timeframe for implementation of the decision on Sunday.

The RSS officially denied any decision on the uniform, though its prachar pramukh Manmohan Vaidya told The Sunday Express that discussions were on. Sources at the ABPS gathering said that Sarkaryawah Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi made the announcement at a late evening meeting. Five swayamsevaks wearing the new uniform were paraded before the delegates. “Every delegate approved of the change by saying ‘om’, as they do with other proposals as well,” a source said.

Over the last six months, RSS leaders have been conveying to swayamsevaks across the country that their uniform (ganvesh) would change. As The Indian Express reported on November 4, 2015, in October that year prant pracharaks considered a new uniform during a meeting in Ranchi. At a meeting of over 270 vibhag pracharaks in Bhuj (Gujarat) in November last year, RSS leaders indicated that swayamsevaks should be prepared to adopt a new uniform.

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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    Queen Marie
    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:42 pm
    These should be Yoga and Tai Chi brown khadi pants - made from hand-woven cotton ... Ideal for yoga, Tai Chi and other physical exercises as well as daily outfit for summer. Pants have 2 big pockets in the front - made inside with saffron khadi cloth !
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    Harjit Singh Chitkara
    Mar 14, 2016 at 2:39 am
    At last wisdom has dawned. I have bee advocating it for the last ten years. it reminded me of British era.
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    BharatK
    Aug 29, 2016 at 6:35 pm
    Change is always tough job. Is not it? It takes time, and constant effort to bring any change.
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    Vijaypratap Singh
    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:24 pm
    कहते हैं दागे फिरकापरस्ती दामन में लग गया है, आते हैं सारे लुच्चे अब दामन बदल बदल के दाग़ देहलवी से मुआफ़ी की दरखास्त के साथ अर्ज़ करता हूँ की जो काम राबड़ी देवी के एक बयान ने कर दिया वह बड़े बड़े लोग भी नहीं कर पाये थे. बिहार की हार के जख्म अभी सूखे भी नहीं थे कि मोहतरमा का वॉर की बूढ़ा बूढ़ा लोग जाँघिया पहन कर घूमता है शर्म नहीं आता क्या?.बिलकुल निशाने पर लगा और कायद-ए-आज़म के भातीय संस्करण को अपनी पोषाक बदलनी पड़ गयी वैसे हम इस तबदीली का खैर मकदम पुर जोर तरीके से करते हैं.जिसे देश के झंडे और संविधान में ५० सालो तक यकीन न रहा हो वह उसे कबूल कर ले यह हमारी आज़ादी के बाद की सब से बड़ी जीत है. हमारे लिए यह खबर ऐसी ही है जैसे जनखों के घर लड़का पैदा हुआ हो.तबदीली का दौर जब बिस्मिलाह कर ही चूका है तो जरुरत है की फिरका परस्त और संकीर्ण सोच को तौबा कर लिया जाये.बहरहाल एक बार फिर आपको नयी ड्रेस मुबारक हो..
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