Ending a 90-year-old tradition, the right-wing organisation, RSS, replaced khaki shorts with brown trousers in its uniform. On the occasion of Vijayadashmi celebration today at its headquarters in Reshimbagh, Nagpur, the RSS swayamsevaks sported brown trousers instead of the knee-length khaki shorts. The trademark khaki shorts had been a part of RSS’ uniform since the organisation’s formation in 1925 on the day of Vijayadashmi in Nagpur by Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, the founding Sarsanghachalak of the RSS.
The change in uniform came after a decision in RSS’s Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha in Rajasthan’s Nagaur on March 13, earlier this year. The members of RSS will now on be wearing white shirts, brown trousers, black cap and brown socks as the uniform. RSS members in the northern and the eastern parts of India will also be now wearing a brown sweater during winters.
The Vijayadashmi celebration by RSS today at the Reshimbagh ground, Nagpur, was attended by thousands of members who wore brown trousers instead of the regular khaki shorts. Fellow Nagpurians and RSS members – the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis and Cabinet Minister Nitin Gadkari – were also present at the celebration and abided by the new uniform code. Chartered Accountant and Nagpur Mahanagar RSS Sanghachalak, Rajesh Loya was seen sharing the dais with RSS Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat, whose hour-long speech was heard by everybody in rapt attention. Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, devotional singer Anuradha Paudwal and several well-known businessmen of the city were also present on the occasion.