Ramdas Athawale: News

Ramdas Athawale is the political leader and President of the Republican Party of India (Athawale). He started out as a young Dalit activist in the 1970s with the Dalit Panther movement. He entered active politics through the Republican Party of India and was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Council in 1990, completing his term in 1996. During this period, he served as the Minister for Transport, Social Welfare, and Employment Guarantee Scheme and Prohibition Propaganda in the state government. In 1999, Athawale founded the RPI (A), a breakaway faction of the erstwhile RPI. He was a three-time Lok Sabha Member of Parliament: from Mumbai North in 1998-99 and from Pandharpur during 1999-2004 and 2004-09. He became a member of the Rajya Sabha in 2014 from Maharashtra. After his party became an ally of the BJP, Athawale has been serving as the Union Minister of State (MoS) for Social Justice & Empowerment in the Narendra Modi government since 2016.

30 Dec 2022


Tunisha Sharma case: Ramdas Athawale announces monetary compensation, demands justice

On Thursday (December 29), Union Minister Ramdas Athawale met late actor Tunisha Sharma's mother Vanita Sharma, and announced that his Republican Party of India will grant Rs. 3 lakh as monetary compensation to the family.

26 Oct 2020


Actor, who accused Anurag Kashyap of rape, joins Athawale's party

Actor Payal Ghosh on Monday joined Union Minister Ramdas Athawale-led Republican Party of India (A) in Mumbai.

01 Oct 2020

Sexual Assault

Anurag Kashyap questioned by Mumbai Police in rape case

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap today arrived at the Versova Police station to record his statement in connection with a rape case filed against him.

29 Apr 2019

Uma Bharti

NDA minister says ATS had proof against Pragya Thakur

On Sunday, NDA minister and Republican Party of India (RPI) President Ramdas Athawale criticized BJP's decision to field Pragya Thakur from Bhopal and stressed that Anti-Terrorism Squad had proof against her.

18 Dec 2018


Athawale: RBI not letting govt give everyone Rs. 15 lakh

In the run up to the 2014 elections, Narendra Modi had promised that every person in the country would receive Rs. 15 lakh if Indians' black money stored in offshore accounts was recovered.

09 Dec 2018


Athawale blames inadequate police security for slap attempted on him

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale today blamed the police for an incident in which a man allegedly tried to slap him at a public event in Maharashtra's Thane district, claiming it had failed to provide him adequate security.

09 Dec 2018


Union Minister Ramdas Athawale slapped at public event in Maharashtra

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale was slapped by a man yesterday at a public event in Ambernath town, Maharashtra.

12 Oct 2018


Athawale demands Mumbai Central Railway station be renamed after Ambedkar

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale today demanded the Mumbai Central railway station be renamed after Dalit icon and social reformer Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar.

05 Oct 2018


Muslims should also come forward to protect cow: Ramdas Athawale

Some Muslims faced atrocities in the name of "gau raksha," pointed out Union Minister Ramdas Athawale today while urging the Muslims to come forward to protect the cow, which is revered by the Hindus.

16 Sep 2018


'Free-fuel receiver' Ramdas Athawale bats for upper caste reservation

Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale called for reservation for upper caste, on Saturday at an event in Jaipur.

02 Sep 2018

Narendra Modi

Atrocities against Dalits haven't increased under Modi govt: Athawale

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale today said it was wrong to say that cases of atrocities against Dalits have increased under the Narendra Modi government.

06 Sep 2017


Mumbai: Union Minister Athawale's 12-year-old son's entry into politics

While it is not uncommon for politicians to hand over the baton to their children, Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale did something that has stunned everyone.

26 Apr 2017


Provide reservation for economically disadvantaged: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Tuesday made a case for allowing 25% reservation for economically disadvantaged sections.