Indian Navy officers can now wear Kurta-Pyjama in messes, leaving behind colonial-era tradition

The kurta-pyjama combo has recently been introduced into the naval messes by the Indian Navy. As per a report from the Times of India, the Navy has permitted officers to don traditional outfits, like kurta-pyjamas and sleeveless jackets, along with formal shoes or sandals, while in the mess. This is under government directives that aim to eliminate colonial-era remnants and promote indigenous military traditions.

According to the report, the decision to adopt kurta-pyjamas came during the naval commanders’ conference chaired by Admiral R Hari Kumar, which highlighted the attire’s status as a ‘national civil dress’.

According to the guidelines, the kurta should be a solid colour with cuff sleeves that reach just above the knee. Furthermore, the slim pyjamas should match or contrast with the trousers, with an elastic waistband and side pockets.

Similar guidelines apply to female officers who choose this attire, giving them the option of pairing a kurta with a churidar or a palazzo.

These rules only apply to informal or casual gatherings within messes and institutes, not warships or submarines.

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