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Around 2 lakh full pants have already reached offices of organisation in various states that is being provided to all its members. Photo: ANI/Twitter
Around 2 lakh full pants have already reached offices of organisation in various states that is being provided to all its members. Photo: ANI/Twitter

RSS set to replace khaki shorts, starts sale of new uniform

The trousers will replace the knee-length khaki shorts that members of the RSS have worn for the last 90 years

New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is set to replace khaki shorts, its trademark attire for 90 years, with brown trousers from 11 October and the sale of the new dress has already been launched with each piece costing 250.

According to people familiar with the matter, around 7 lakh trousers are to be provided in first phase to the members of RSS, which is the ideological mentor of the ruling BJP. The RSS will formally adopt the new “Ganvesh" (uniform) from Vijayadashami, the organisation’s foundation day that falls on 11 October this year.

“Around 2 lakh full pants have already reached offices of organisation in various states that is being provided to all its members," head of the RSS’ communications department Manmohan Vaidya told PTI.

The trousers will replace the knee-length khaki shorts that members of the RSS have worn for the last 90 years. The decision to switch to the brown trousers was taken in March this year at the annual meeting of the organisation’s highest decision-making body, the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha.

The Sangh has announced that it would do away with its traditional trademark “khaki" knickers that it has used for over nine decades and replace them with the brown trousers, that would be matched with white shirt, black cap, brown socks and bamboo sticks.

The new full pants have been stitched in different parts of the country, but the raw material has been bought from the textile town of Bhilwara in Rajasthan, the person said. The new uniform that will be sported by all RSS members at the annual Vijaydashmi celebrations will see a sea-change in the uniform and the organisation is preparing for the transition.

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