Lucknow, Apr 1 (ANI): The once famous 'Gandhi' cap, synonymous with politicians, is losing its charm as new age politicians abandon it for other modern and chic options.
Though some leaders don these caps during interactions with the public in small towns or in the rural hinterlands, most prefer to sport the coloured caps of their political parties.
"The Gandhi cap is no longer synonymous with politicians these days. Caps coloured in party colours have replaced these Gandhi caps. However, there are certain leaders who do wear these caps and try to keep the tradition alive, like Rahul Gandhi, who has been seen sporting the cap on numerous occasions. But to be very frank, the era of Gandhi caps has gone now," said Anurag, Manager, Gandhi ashram.However, with elections around the corner, some politicians do use these Gandhi caps to charm their way into the voters' hearts, portraying a clean and patriotic image.
Veterans feel that if politicians sport these caps during their normal days, it would have a greater impact and might restore public faith.
"Politicians should wear these caps not only during elections, but also during normal days. It would enhance their persona and help in restoring the people's faith in them," said Rameshwar Nath Mishra, a Gandhi follower.
There has been a slight rise in the demand for Gandhi caps in view of the upcoming general elections in India, much is left desired to revive the dying tradition of wearing these caps, which used to be quite a hit with older politicians.
The elections might help these caps regain their lost foothold with the politicians, but after the poll process is over and votes won, it's just a matter of time when these caps would again be thrust in the shadows. By Kamna Mathur ANI)