Khaki shorts, the trademark attire for RSS cadres for 91 years, are out and is being replaced by brown trousers as the Sangh wants to move with the times.
The decision was taken at the three-day annual meeting of Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the highest decision-making body of RSS, held in Nagaur, Rajasthan.
"We have decided to replace khaki half pant with brown pant. We are not rigid and take decisions according to the time," Suresh 'Bhayyaji' Joshi, sarkarywah (general secretary) of the RSS, told a press conference in the Rajasthani city.
Loose Khaki shorts have been the trademark of RSS cadres since the organisation's inception in 1925. Even though other parts of the uniform have been changed from time to time, khaki shorts remained in vogue till now.
"We decided on brown colour though there is no specific reason for it but is commonly available and looks good," replying to questions, the RSS leader said.
While the RSS seemed confident of their new fashion sense, Twitter had its own assessment.
— MANJUL (@MANJULtoons) March 14, 2016
RSS has replaced its signature Khaki shorts with full pants as sometimes it gets difficult to hide rising intolerance in shorts.
— Sri Free Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) March 13, 2016
So the 90 year old RSS drops khaki shorts to don brown full pants. Growing up at last?
— SANJAY HEGDE (@sanjayuvacha) March 13, 2016
Key takeaways on #RSS today: 1. New dress 2. No quota for rich 3. No discrimination of women at temples. Dropping of knickers gets all attn
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) March 13, 2016
— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) March 14, 2016
The short, not the long of it is that the RSS is worried about below the waist issues, not the brain or the heart. #ChaddiNahiSochBadlo
— scharada dubey (@scharada_d) March 13, 2016
Day by day RSS is becoming more & more regressive. First they had problem with women wearing shorts & now with men. #ChaddiNahiSochBadlo
— Saral Patel (@PatelSaral007) March 12, 2016
Explaining the decision to drop the shorts, #RSS says 'we r ppl who move with the times". As if the world moved to trousers day before yday!
— Stanly Johny (@johnstanly) March 14, 2016
Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav too had a few words on the subject:
"The RSS has updated itself because they are now in power. They would wear full pants instead of half pants, but we would again make them return in 'half pants'. We have to remove BJP from the entire country."
With inputs from PTI