10:35pm, 31st August, 2016
BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has decided to change its 90-year-old trademark attire Khaki knickers to the brown trousers, from Vijayadashami this year, for which the sale has already kicked off with starting price Rs 250 per piece.
As governing Bharatiya Janata Party’s ideological mentor RSS will officially adopt its new uniform or “Ganavesh” (as Sangh cadre call it) on its foundation day, this Vijayadashami, on October 11, 2016, at its Headquarters in Nagpur; almost 7 lakh trousers will be provided to ‘swayamsevaks’ in the first phase, said the RSS source to news agency PTI.
According to Manmohan Vaidya the head of RSS’ communication department, “Around 2 lakh full pants have already reached offices of organisation in various states that is being provided to all its members.”
The raw material of the brown trousers was produced in the textile town of Bhilwara in Rajasthan but stitched in Haryana’s Gurgaon and several other places.
The price of full pants ranges between Rs 250 for a 24 inches waist size to Rs 360 for a 46 inches waist size.
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However, Mocking the decision of BJP’s ideological mentor, former Rail Minister, and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prashad Yadav, said earlier this March that it is Bihar’s former Chief Minister and his wife Rabri Devi who forced RSS to switch the dress code. As in a controversial statement this January, Rabri Devi has said, “Aren’t the RSS oldies ashamed to wear half pants in public?”
In his tweet, Mr. Yadav wrote, “Rabri Devi has forced Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh to change its dress code.” Adding to it he also said, “we will again make them return in half pants”.
Although it is not the first time that the Hindu nationalist organization has changed its uniform, with the course of time they have always updated their dress code. In 1940, they converted their Khaki shirt to white. And, in 2010 they shifted from thick leather belts to canvas belts.
Since last nine decades ‘swayamsevaks’ were recognised with their Khaki Knickers, white shirt, black cap and a bamboo stick, but after this switch, it will be interesting to see Sangh cadre in new Avtar.
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Source: PTI, NDTV
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