IN AN apparent bid to attract more youths to its ranks, the RSS Sunday announced a major change in its “ganavesh” (uniform), replacing its khaki balloon shorts with brown trousers.
While giving no reason for the choice of the colour, RSS general secretary Suresh ‘Bhaiyaji’ Joshi said the decision was taken in keeping with the times. “You people must also have been wanting a change (in uniform). So we have changed it,” he told reporters on the concluding day of the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the Sangh’s highest decision-making body.
“We have been making changes from time to time… but this is one change that will be visible,” he said. “Full pants are in vogue in society…so we have decided to go with it.”
The RSS had deliberated upon a change in uniform in 2010, but the decision was deferred for five years failing consensus.
The other decisions include change of headquarters of sah sarkaryawah Datta Hosbale from Patna to Lucknow. Also, former RSS Kerala prant pracharak S Sethumadhavan has been appointed as the outfit’s dharma jagran pramukh.
This post had been vacant since the death of Mukund Rao Pansikar last year.
Inputs from ENS, Delhi