Why RSS May Finally Ditch the Khaki Shorts

New Delhi: For over nine decades, men in khaki shorts have defined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, an organization that has deeply impacted Indian politics.

The khaki ‘half-pants’ may soon be replaced by trousers, with the ruling BJP’s ideological mentor debating a sartorial change to appeal to the new generation.

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The RSS has set up a committee after many senior members suggested that it was time to update the Sangh’s uniform to attract more young people.

“The issue of changing our uniform was brought up during our three-day long meeting of Karyakari Mandal (working panel) in Ranchi, which decided to form a committee… the committee would put forth its recommendations in the next meeting of Pratinidhi Sabha in March at Nagaur in Rajasthan, and a decision will be taken accordingly,” said RSS leader Satish Modh.

In the meeting in Ranchi, several members said the shorts discouraged young people from joining the organization.

“Half-pants are our most reputed and trusted brand. This is why we say that the shorts are famous because of the Sangh and not the other way round,” Mr Modh said.

The RSS describes itself as the world’s largest voluntary organization with six million volunteers. Set up in 1925 as a social organisation, the Sangh insists it is not a political outfit even though the BJP draws some of its top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah from its cadres.

The regulation knee-length shorts do not distinguish between top leaders and the juniormost worker; BJP icons like former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and several current ministers have been seen in them at RSS events.

Doing away with the flared shorts – which many critics call unstylish – is not a new proposal. It has been discussed at RSS forums for years, but a decision has never been taken.

5 Comments

  1. O.R. Pai-maam, namaskara.

    See, your Anganwadi joker Shishya, is eagerly awaiting to buy those RSS Khaki chaddis, thinking that, by acquiring them, it may prove to be lucky for him to get USA visa instead of carrying on his Beedi branch business in Yemmekere. 🙂 Lol! Lol!

    • See, your Anganwadi joker Shishya, is eagerly awaiting to buy those RSS Khaki chaddis, thinking that, by acquiring them, it may prove to be lucky for him to get USA visa instead of carrying on his Beedi branch business in Yemmekere. 🙂 Lol! Lol! – Mr. USB…. I mean KSB

      Lol! I recall you hanging on to every word from our US Rampa. Our very OWN ‘pravaadi’ who felt that he has NO PLACE in his ‘Akhanda Bharatha’. And he did padhrad! And he in his Tramadol/Captagon/Weed induced stupor alleges that my visa got rejected! And till date, NO PROOF! Poor fellow… he doesn’t even know the burden of the phrase ‘burden of proof’! And hello.. USB.. weren’t you the SAME little fellow who passed verdict on that despicable squatter? “Adverse possession”, eh? And our know our Srimana Rampanna concurred. So, THAT surely makes you his “shishya”.

      And again, that sure explains your flight from Mumbai (from some clerical job) to Sharjah to Kazakhstan and then to Angola. Can’t blame you for NOT trying! You tried panning for diamonds but then ZILCH panned out. you lost more hair. Oops… the forehead encroached some more! Ebola was the perfect excuse. Padhrad back to some hellhole in Mumbai or Murudeshwar or bantwala. Good going, USB… I mean, KEB.. I mean, KSB.

      And if it weren’t to be the fright of Ebola some 1000++ kms away, you would have finished your 12 months work visa (extendable twice upon expiry of the initial 12 months visa). Poor Bhat. So sad that Ebola put paid your plans to linger on in the cradle of civilization! lol 🙂

      By the way, YOU sure wear your Khaki chaddis on your sleeve.

    • See, your Anganwadi joker Shishya, is eagerly awaiting to buy those RSS Khaki chaddis, thinking that, by acquiring them, it may prove to be lucky for him to get USA visa instead … – ANOTHER joker called USB

      Hello punditha,

      Your PODI had dhogla chaddis tied up right to his chin from God knows when! He EVEN dumped his darling dumpling for his chaddis. He EVEN swears by it EVEN now. DID that qualify him to get his US visa ban revoked? And anyway, who cares two hoots for some crappy visa? Maybe you do. And our Rampa sure does loves his Holy grail (despite his rants about masters.. western lords.. blah blah…. Im da best.. Fr. Superior…. ‘shopishticated’ minds….. )

      Joker Bhat… welcome back. I’m shameless enough to say it – I love you two JOKERS! Rampa & you. Mwaaaah. 🙂

      Stay wired ya Bhat.

  2. Dear readers,

    RSS is finally realised ‘Gow Mata’ hide belts no longer is holding their imperial British era shorts.

    Let see are they going adopt for ‘make in India’ Kasti over lehenga,Scotland’s male skirt,Turkish trousers held with pure jute ladi?

    Do this social organisation still need military style weapons training in ‘Trishul’,’Lati’,swords and bombs, when ‘Yoga’ is readily available with health benefit?

    Jai hind

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