The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Sunday displayed its new “smart uniform” at a mall in the city, saying goodbye to its trademark khaki shorts in a historic move aimed at keeping pace with the time and attracting youngsters.
Eight RSS cadres wore the new brown trousers and performed their traditional samta parade on a raised platform in the mall.
All RSS shakhas (units) will implement the new dress code — a black cap, white full-sleeve shirt, brown trousers, canvas belt, brown socks and black shoes — from Vijaydashami, replacing the 90-year-old organisation’s signature khaki shorts.
RSS cadres will formally wear the new uniform on Vijayadashmi that falls this year on October 11. The RSS was founded on the occasion of Vijayadashmi in 1925 in Nagpur.
In March 2015, RSS decided to replace khaki shorts with brown trousers to “attract the younger generation and move with the times”. The decision was taken at the annual meeting of RSS’s highest decision-making body — Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha.
Swayamsevaks, especially young ones, were very enthusiastic about the new dress code.
“It is a great change. Earlier, we had to change our dress after attending a shakha if we had to go somewhere. Now, we need not to do so as we can go anywhere in brown pant,” said Sudhanshu, a RSS worker in his mid 20s.
RSS worker Chetan Rajput said: “Young members had been raising this issue for a long time. They are very happy about the new dress code, which they feel is a step in the right direction.”
RSS chose a city mall instead of instead of a ground for ‘RSS Vibagh Ekatrikaran’ on Sunday morning to start sale of the new uniform (ganvesh) and apprise the cadre about its different aspects.
Hundreds of RSS members on Sunday bought the new uniforms. Cooperatives minister Vishwas Sarang was seen taking measure of Bhopal mayor Alok Sharma’s waist near the stall.
RSS prachar pramukh Bhopal Vishal Khare said nearly 15,000 trousers were sent from Delhi for the Bhopal sambhag.
“We officially started the sale of the trousers from this morning and soon the sale will pick up across the RSS units in the state. A trouser costs `300. Our cadres are very happy to try the new attire. By October 11, all workers will have to buy the new trouser.”
RSS prant prachar pramukh Deepak Sharma said: “There are around 1,800 RSS shakhas in Madhya Bharat (central India) with nearly five lakh members. I think in the first phase, we need roughly one lakh trousers for our active members.”