Shankaracharya unhappy over RSS changing its dress

  • Neeraj Santoshi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2016 18:02 IST

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) should not have changed its trademark khaki half-pant to brown trousers, Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati of Dwarka Peeth has said.

“Today they are changing their dress. Tomorrow they may change their core ideology,” Saraswati said when asked if the RSS was moving with the times.

This is not the first time that Shankaracharya made a controversial statement. In December, he questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi for terming “India as a country of Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi” during his visit to the UK.

Shankaracharya had said when Modi can gift Bhagavad Gita to US President Barack Obama and to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, why can’t he say at the international forums that India was the land of Krishna and Rama.

In October, he released a controversial poster showing Lord Hanuman chasing away Sai Baba, claiming that Hindu sanatan dharma was being polluted by the spiritual guru.

On Monday, Shankaracharya was at Jharneshwar Mandir in Bhopal where chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan went to seek his blessings and invite him to the Simhastha starting April.

Shankaracharya said he was happy with the way Chouhan was making arrangements and preparations for the Simhastha.

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