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RSS To Finally Swap Khaki Shorts For Trousers, But Colour Stalls Decision

NEW DELHI: A 90-year-old tradition is about to become history. The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh or the RSS, BJP’s ideological mentor, got its ‘Pracharak’ into the Prime Minister’s office in 2014. Today at a meeting of its top decision making body, the Sangh decided to shed its old image. The khaki shorts which have symbolised the Sangh for decades will be soon replaced by trousers.

The Khaki shorts along with a black cap, white shirt, brown socks and bamboo stick have been the ‘ganvesh’ or the trademark uniform of the RSS. The renowned knee-length khaki shorts that the Sangh cadres have worn for generations will now make way for grey-coloured trousers.

At the meet on Saturday, while a decision to replace the shorts was taken, a section of the members wanted to revisit the decision about the colour of the trousers.

“The Khaki colour symbolised service. A section feels the Sangh should not ignore the political symbolism. For example blue is identified with Dalits,” said a senior functionary.

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