1. Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat refuses to wear robe at convocation, says it’s a relic of colonial past

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat refuses to wear robe at convocation, says it’s a relic of colonial past

"I also made it a point to not wear academical dress traditionally worn during convocation- i feel we need to have our own indic dress!," Trivendra Singh Rawat said in a tweet.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 12, 2017 7:30 PM
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Refusing to wear a robe, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that a “purely Indian” attire be worn at occasions like a convocation ceremony, Press Trust of India reported. Rawat, who politely turned down the customary attire, described it as a relic of the colonial era. “The country should take pride in its ancestors, its ancient wisdom and culture and should not give up its roots,” Rawat said at the 15th convocation of the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies here. However, the other dignitaries attending the event, including Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul and Union Minister for Human Resource Prakash Javadekar, readily wore the robe. Rawat further congratulated students of the university and said the young generation is the foundation of a strong India.

The chief minister said that the youth should serve their country with the same dedication as Hanuman served Lord Ram. Rawat also made a number of tweets in regards to the event. “Attending 15th convocation of University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Dehradun today!” Rawat tweeted.

“I welcome Hon’ble @PrakashJavdekar ji to Dehradun; he is the Chief Guest of the convocation ceremony,” he added. “On this occasion, i stressed on the need for research in hydrocarbon sector to address our dependency on petroleum products,” Rawat added. “I also made it a point to not wear academical dress traditionally worn during convocation- i feel we need to have our own indic dress!,” he said in another tweet.

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