RSS uniform change: Important for Sangh to change its thinking, say clerics

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Published: March 14, 2016 10:01:23 AM

RSS uniform change: It is more important to change the "mentality" than the dress code, clerics from different religious groups said today while reacting to the RSS' decision to shift from khaki shorts to brown trousers. "The dress code changes with time but it is not an important issue to focus on. What is important is to have change in the mentality to take all communities and religion in the country together," said Abdul Hameed Nomani of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

RSS uniform change: It is more important to change the “mentality” than the dress code, clerics from different religious groups said today while reacting to the RSS’ decision to shift from khaki shorts to brown trousers. “The dress code changes with time but it is not an important issue to focus on. What is important is to have change in the mentality to take all communities and religion in the country together,” said Abdul Hameed Nomani of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

The All India Christian Council said the Hindu right wing outfit needs to change its thinking.

“Wearing pantloons will not change their thinking. Those khaki knickers are now famous and they have become symbol of their ideology. Changing dress like buses will not help. They will do what they have been doing,” John Dayal, Secretary-General of the All India Christian Council said.

However, RSS member Rakesh Sinha said that the Sangh belives in keeping itself updated with trends.

“Sangh has been changing its dress code. Time has changed and we think youngsters have a different choice. The choice of people is a priority for us. So, Sangh has taken this decision. There have been many changes before,” Sinha said.

Loose Khaki shorts have been the trademark of RSS cadres since the organisation’s inception in 1925. Even though other parts of the uniform have been changed from time to time, khaki shorts remained in vogue till now.

The decision to phase out khaki shorts was taken at the three-day annual meeting of Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the highest decision-making body of RSS, held today at Nagaur.

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