Changing with the times, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is now ready with a significant change in their attire; the khaki shorts makes way for khaki trousers.
On Monday, the 91-year-old nationalist, volunteer organisation started the sale of the trousers from its headquarters in Nagpur.
The new attire being sold at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur. Indian Express
Early this year, a decision was taken in Rajasthan at the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha regarding the change in dress code. A report says that the RSS had been planning to make this change some years ago but couldn’t carry it through due to the information getting out in the press.
Volunteers of the organisation will don the trousers at Vijaydashami celebrations at Nagpur in October. The Hindu
No other change in the dress code has been made. The white shirt and the black cap will continue as part of the attire.
According to reports, one of the reasons to for the change is that youth do not feel comfortable with shorts. The price of each trouser has been kept at a modest Rs.250. The new attire will be on display at Vijayadasami celebrations on October 11 at Reshimbag ground in Nagpur. Though the trouser is currently being sold only in Nagpur, every member of the RSS will eventually have to wear it.
The RSS volunteers in their old uniform.
This is the fifth time the RSS has changed the attire. The original RSS dress code comprised khaki cap, khaki shirt, khaki shorts, black long shoes and a leather belt.
In 1930, the RSS started using the black cap instead of a khaki cap. In 1940, they replaced the khaki-colour shirt with a white one. In 1973, lighter shoes were introduced. The RSS started wearing a canvas belt from 2011.