Time to Fol­low Suit

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Ruqayya Sha­hab, New Delhi, India.

The lat­est move by the Sri Lankan gov­ern­ment to re­move suit and tie from the of­fi­cial dress code of top bu­reau­crats and civil ser­vants is a wel­come step. As rightly said by the Sri Lankan Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Srisena, we must wear cloth­ing that is com­fort­able and is adapt­able to lo­cal weather con­di­tions and rapidly-oc­cur­ring cli­mate changes. In fact, all South Asian coun­tries have their own na­tional dresses. How­ever, the pro­fes­sional at­tire or busi­ness dress in th­ese coun­tries mostly con­sists of a suit and tie, which does not suit the trop­i­cal weather of th­ese coun­tries and is also a sym­bol of British colo­nial slav­ery. I ap­peal to the rest of the coun­tries in South Asia to fol­low suit and adopt their na­tional cos­tumes as an of­fi­cial dress to be worn by all gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees and bu­reau­crats, ir­re­spec­tive of their grades and ranks. Thanks to Sri Lanka for set­ting the ex­am­ple.

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