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RSS cadre to don brown trousers from Vijayadashami

india Updated: Oct 11, 2016 00:39 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Hindustan Times

RSS cadre buy new uniforms. The change in uniform was initiated to keep pace with the times and attract youngsters.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) cadre will be all ears at the Vijayadashami address of Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday.

The occasion assumes added significance in the backdrop of surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Vijayadashami celebration will also see a modified uniform — full trousers instead of the traditional shorts — at the annual parade to be held at Reshimbagh ground.

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Moreover, the colour of the dress will also see a change with trousers being brown instead of the age-old khaki.

According to RSS sources, nearly six lakh trousers have been sold countrywide.

The decision to replace the khaki shorts with brown trousers was taken at the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha of RSS held at Nagaur, Rajasthan, in March this year. The new outfits were kept at the RSS Reshimbagh office here for distribution from August this year.

“We have directed all our shakhas across the country to implement the new dress code from Vijayadashami this year,” RSS pracharak pramukh Manmohan Vaidya said.

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The new dress of RSS members will comprise black cap, white full-sleeve shirt, canvas belt, brown shocks, black shoes and brown trousers.

“There is no specific reason to opt for brown trousers, except the fact that it is easily available and the colour looks good,” he said.

There is also a proposal to add a brown sweater for the cadres in the north.

The move to change the uniform was initiated to keep pace with the times and attract more youngsters towards the organisation.