Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on October 11 celebrated Dussehra in a new avatar. Volunteers of RSS have ditched khaki shorts, their trademark attire for 90 years, for brown trousers.
The pracharaks will also get a new shade of socks – dark brown instead of khaki. The switch is seen as the organisation’s attempt to adapt to the changing times. With the brown trousers, RSS volunteers will now wear white shirt and black cap. Volunteers in the northern and eastern parts of the country will wear brown sweaters to beat the cold during the winter.
Speaking on the foundation day, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat slammed Pakistan for promoting terrorism against India and creating unrest in Jammu and Kashmir. He also blamed Pakistan for the ongoing violence in the valley.
Bhagwat said strict action must be taken against those indulging in violence. He also reiterated that “entire Kashmir is ours including Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit-Baltistan”.
The RSS chief also hailed the Indian Army for conducting surgical strike across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. He said the jawans have taught the neighbouring country a right lesson.
However, the RSS chief also showed his difference in contrast to PM Modi’s views over the role and antecedents of ‘gau rakshaks’, or cow protectors. He said they operate under law and advised state administrations to treat these cow vigilantes differently and not equate them with those who attempt to create disharmony in society.
In early August, PM Modi had said that most of these ‘gau rakshaks’ were anti-social elements in the garb of cow protectors, and advised state police forces to deal with them with severity.