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Karnataka: Scribes not in uniform denied entry to RSS event

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The Times Of India
15th January, 2022 09:50 IST

KALABURAGI: Three mediapersons who went to cover a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ( RSS ) event, which was attended by its chief Mohan Bhagwat , were denied entry for not wearing Ganvesh - the uniform of the sangh.

RSS members wear a black cap, white full-sleeved shirt, brown trousers, canvas belt, brown socks, and black shoes.

Two journalists and a photographer with vernacular dailies went in casual wear to cover the sangh's annual Sankranti Utsava here on Thursday, but were stopped by RSS workers at the entrance.

A heated argument ensued between the three and RSS workers who insisted that those covering the event too should be dressed accordingly.

"How can they expect a journalist to wear a particular uniform?'' said one of the three journalists.

RSS Uttara Pranth Baudhik Pramukh, Krishna Joshi later clarified that no official invite was sent out to the media but local workers had told mediapersons that they could cover the event provided they come in uniform. "Our workers who did not come in the RSS uniform too were sent back. Reporters who had come in the uniform were allowed to cover the event," Joshi added.

Joshi also said that at an earlier event for which the Sangh had invited journalists, uniform was not mandatory. Vijay Mahatesh, a pracharak from Kalaburagi, said he had told all journalists covering the Sankranti Utsav to come in the mandated uniform.

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