It seems RSS has taken note of our piece in which we listed nine astonishing things the organisation has taught us in the 90 years of its existence and may do away with something they're often mocked for.
According to a report, the RSS is finally mulling replacing the familiar khaki shorts, that are often mockingly called chhadis, with trousers. Quite a change given they've been wearing them since 1925, no?
So why is the RSS planning to change its uniform? To attract youth as they believe the present uniform deters them from joining.
According to The Indian Express , there are two options under evaluation. Under the first option, swayamsevaks will wear a t-shirt (not necessarily white), black pants and white canvas shoes.
Under the second option, cadre would retain the white full sleeve shirts, but could get pants that are either khaki or navy blue or grey and will wear black shoes.
The only items in the current wardrobe that won't be changed are the khaki socks and the black cap.
The only problem for the RSS though is they're not sure about how they're going to get the new uniforms to all the swayamsevaks across the country.
However, the change in attire may not happen instantly. Older RSS workers are reportedly strongly opposed to the idea of wearing trousers. Maybe, trousers might take away that certain purity that comes with the half-pants?
This isn't even the first time that the RSS has contemplated doing away with the half-pants it is famous for. A senior RSS functionary had told the Times of India in 2013 that the organisation had thought about doing something about changing its uniform but instead decided to keep the move "on hold" for some years instead.
The khaki shorts have managed to survive multiple changes in the RSS 'ganvesh' over the decades. The first uniform change was in 1940 when the original khaki shirt was replaced by a white one. The second one was in early 1970s when brown shoes replaced the original boots and the third in 2010 when leather belts were dumped for canvas ones.
And while no one will complain about the shorts being done away with (think less legs every time there are photos of RSS rallies), one would hope that the organisation would also consider changing their ideology to become more tolerant in its outlook. But then that may be hoping for a bit too much.