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#ChaddiNahiSochBadlo: Twitter reacts as RSS swaps shorts for trousers

india Updated: Mar 13, 2016 19:16 IST
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This file photo shows members of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh marching in the organisation’s trademark khaki shorts. (AFP Photo)

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Sunday took what may be its most significant decision in decades. It dropped its trademark khaki shorts for a pair of suave brown trousers.

Making the declaration on the final day of the Pratinidhi Sabha, the organisation’s highest decision-making body, RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi dubbed it as part of their decision to “move with the times”.

Why brown, though? Joshi didn’t elaborate: “There is no specific reason… it’s commonly available and looks good.”

Not many in the Sangh seemed happy with the idea. Though Joshi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had pushed for a similar change in 2010, they were forced to back down in the face of overwhelming opposition from their colleagues.

Nevertheless, in a situation where the old-world sevaks saw red, twitterati found a treasure-trove of potential wisecracks.

“The short, not the long of it is that the RSS is worried about below-the-waist issues, not the brain or the heart,” tweeted Scharada Dubey, apparently gleeful over how pun-worthy the whole matter was.

Saral Patel, on the other hand, chose to view the development from the mirror of reverse-sexism. “Day by day, RSS is becoming more & more regressive. First they had a problem with women wearing shorts & now with men (too),” he tweeted.

Sagar #With RG seemed to think that the Sangh’s gesture of “moving with the times” is only fabric-deep. “After 90 years RSS changed their Khaki chaddi. Hope they will change their thinking as well.”

Others like Sanjay Hegde and Vanaja Wilson felt that the step was long overdue. “So the 90-year-old RSS drops khaki shorts to don brown full pants. Growing up at last?” enquired Hegde mischievously, while Wilson endorsed the ‘Soch Badlo aur Chaddi bhi’ philosophy with tongue lodged firmly in cheek.

And then there were others like Kanika Gahlaut, who couldn’t see the declaration making any kind of fashion sense. “RSS moving from knickers to pant-shirt seen as ‘moving with times’? In which era was khaki skirt-knickers hot fashion trend for men, pray?” she tweeted.