Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hindu nationalists drop their baggy shorts - Times Online

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    • Followers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh can still be seen wearing the uniform, modelled on that of British colonial police, as they perform ritual early morning exercises in public parks and squares across India.

      Now, 84 years after its foundation, the RSS has finally given in to the demands of modern India and decided to renounce its uniform. Ravi Bansal, a RSS spokesman, told The Times that it hoped to devise a new uniform by March.

    • The question now is whether the movement can agree on a design for the eight million members it claims.

      Sadanand Menon, a popular columnist, said: “It is universally accepted that there can be nothing more boring and unattractive than their present attire ... What designers will have to pay attention to is how to make it trendy, smart and ‘cool’.”

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